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Alds. Leslie Hairston, Will Burns win landslide victories in 4th, 5th wards

Alds. Leslie Hairston, Will Burns win landslide victories in 4th, 5th wards

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Both of Hyde Park’s incumbent aldermen enjoyed decisive victories in Tuesday’s election following campaign races against a diverse group of opponents. Fourth Ward Ald. Will Burns (4th) declared victory last night at a party at the Harper Court Hyatt, 5225 S. Harper Ave. The race for 4th Ward alderman heated(…)

Live Election Day 2015 coverage

Live Election Day 2015 coverage

11:18 p.m. Hyde Park aldermen Leslie Hairston (5th) and Will Burns (4th) both won by a landslide in Tuesday’s election. As of posting time, Hairston won with 52.47 percent of the vote and all precincts reporting. Burns won with 55.44 percent of the vote and 97 percent of precincts reporting. That left both candidates with a winning(…)

The hustle before Election Day

The hustle before Election Day

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Mayoral and 4th Ward candidates were extra busy last week capturing votes, with early voting already underway and election day fast approaching. Below are some local highlights from the mayoral and 4th and 5th ward races. In the 4th Ward Ald. Will Burns and challenger Norman Bolden dominated the 4th(…)

Antheus may add hotel to Solstice tower project at 56th Street: developers

Antheus may add hotel to Solstice tower project at 56th Street: developers

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL and DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writers Hyde Park could get another hotel. The 24-story Solstice on the Park building planned for 5540 S. Cornell Ave. could include a hotel as well as apartments, according to representatives of Antheus Capital. The group visited the Jackson Park Advisory Council meeting Monday night and hosted(…)

Incumbent aldermen dominate fundraising in races for 4th, 5th wards

Incumbent aldermen dominate fundraising in races for 4th, 5th wards

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Aldermanic candidates have raised more than $300,000 in the race for the 4th and 5th wards, with incumbents raking in the vast majority of funds. Illinois State Board of Elections records reveal that in the time period since challengers have begun raising money, Alds. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) and Will Burns’(…)

Folk Festival returning to University of Chicago campus

Folk Festival returning to University of Chicago campus

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The 55th University of Chicago Folk Festival hopes to attract fans from every corner of its musical genre with this year’s lineup. “This year’s theme is balancing between a bunch of different crowds,” said Chris Kyriazis, president of the Folk Festival. “There are people who come to see virtuosos but(…)

Fourth Ward aldermanic candidates grilled by residents at Hyde Park condo

Fourth Ward aldermanic candidates grilled by residents at Hyde Park condo

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Fourth Ward candidates sparred on all things local at a forum last Monday in the lobby of the Newport Condominiums, 4800 S. Chicago Beach Drive. The resident relations committee of the condo association at the Newport, which is its own precinct, organized the forum. Newport resident Al Randall moderated the(…)

Hyde Park could get new hotel on 56th Street

Hyde Park could get new hotel on 56th Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park could get another hotel. The 24-story Solstice on the Park building planned for 5540 S. Cornell Avenue could include a hotel as well as apartments, according to Peter Cassel, director of community development for MAC Property Management, an affiliate of parent developer Antheus Capital. Cassel told attendees at(…)

Ray Elementary school council votes against pre-K program — for now

Ray Elementary school council votes against pre-K program — for now

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School Local School Council (LSC) voted against adding a full-day pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) program to its school. Ray teachers, parents and administrators at Thursday night’s emergency meeting called the program “too risky.” Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., was chosen by Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) Early Childhood Education(…)

Alderman Will Burns reflects on first term, makes case for re-election

Alderman Will Burns reflects on first term, makes case for re-election

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Freshman alderman Will Burns (4th) has to convince voters he deserves a second term. Burns, a decades-long resident of the Mid-South Side and graduate of the University of Chicago, is being challenged by Bronzeville entrepreneurs Tracey Bey and Norman Bolden in this month’s upcoming election. This is his second re-election(…)

Aldermanic hopefuls vie for votes at two 5th Ward forums

Aldermanic hopefuls vie for votes at two 5th Ward forums

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer For the first time last week all 5th Ward candidates came together to debate each other at a pair of forums, including one hosted by the League of Women Voters of Hyde Park and another by the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (HP-K CC). The candidates were Robin Boyd-Clark, Tiffany Brooks,(…)

Fourth Ward candidates spar over education, development at Hyde Park forum

Fourth Ward candidates spar over education, development at Hyde Park forum

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer All three 4th Ward candidates — Ald. Will Burns and challengers Tracey Bey and Norman Bolden — attended a forum hosted by the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference on Saturday morning at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The candidates fielded questions from audience members and four moderators: Linda Thisted, co-vice(…)

The U. of C. Revels return this weekend — in a parallel universe

The U. of C. Revels return this weekend — in a parallel universe

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The University of Chicago Revels, a century-long Hyde Park tradition, will return next weekend. This year’s Revels, entitled “Any Resemblance,” was conceived by Andy Austin a former court artist and wife of late U. of C. professor Ted Cohen. She has written the script for ten shows. The show’s title(…)

Support, some concerns, voiced for Obama Library at pair of public meetings

Support, some concerns, voiced for Obama Library at pair of public meetings

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The forces in support of bringing the Obama Presidential Library to a major South Side park were in full force last week, convening two meetings meant to demonstrate strong public support behind the bid. Hyde Park Academy Public support was overwhelmingly in favor of bringing the Obama Presidential Library to the(…)

South Shore attorney Tiffany Brooks challenging Alderman Leslie Hairston

South Shore attorney Tiffany Brooks challenging Alderman Leslie Hairston

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Attorney and South Shore resident Tiffany Brooks wants to replace Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th). Brooks, who has a general law practice in Woodlawn, is one of four challengers running for Hairston’s seat this year. A graduate of Hyde Park Academy High School, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave., and Loyola University,(…)

Yoko Ono partners with Chicago non-profit Project 120 to reimagine Jackson Park

Yoko Ono partners with Chicago non-profit Project 120 to reimagine Jackson Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Yoko Ono is consulting on designs for a new landscape in Jackson Park. The project is part of Chicago non-profit Project 120’s sweeping vision for Jackson Park that includes a multi-million dollar visitor’s center and an updated framework plan inspired by Frederick Olmsted’s 1895 designs for the park. Project 120,(…)

Jesus “Chuy” Garcia voices opposition to placing Obama library in Washington Park

Jesus “Chuy” Garcia voices opposition to placing Obama library in Washington Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia said he does not support using public land in Washington Park for the Obama Library. In a statement released Tuesday, Garcia, a former alderman and current commissioner on the Cook County Board, said he opposes granting 20 acres of parkland for the Obama Library and(…)

After 55 years on 57th Street, a shoe repair shop prepares to close

After 55 years on 57th Street, a shoe repair shop prepares to close

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer After more than half a century in the neighborhood, Hyde Park Shoe Rebuilder, 1451 E. 57th St., will close later this month. Owner Constandinos “Gus” Lukis, who throughout the years could be found sitting on the concrete stump outside his store, has been diagnosed with Alzheimers, according to son Jim(…)

Support, some concerns, voiced for Obama Library at Washington Park meeting

Support, some concerns, voiced for Obama Library at Washington Park meeting

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer So many people filled the Washington Park fieldhouse Wednesday afternoon that park district officials turned people away briefly before opening up more overflow rooms. Chicago Park District board members gave the public a second opportunity to discuss potentially placing the Obama Presidential Library inside Washington Park. The first hearing drew more than(…)