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U. of C. defends park use in Obama Library plans

U. of C. defends park use in Obama Library plans

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago included Washington and Jackson parks in its bid to host the Obama Library to present the first couple with a more attractive option than land the school already owns. U. of C. Vice President for Civic Engagement Derek Douglas defended the proposal to members of the(…)

Caustic exchange between Alderman Will Burns and CTU organizer shared on web

Caustic exchange between Alderman Will Burns and CTU organizer shared on web

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) gave a CTU representative the finger via Twitter according to screenshots shared across the web. The exchange took place late Wednesday night, according to timestamps from one screenshot, after Will Burns thanked Democrats for Education Reform – Illinois in a tweet for its endorsement. But Chicago(…)

Gov. Pat Quinn signs Sen. Kwame Raoul’s police recording bill into law

Gov. Pat Quinn signs Sen. Kwame Raoul’s police recording bill into law

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Legislation allowing public recording, including of police officers performing their duty, was signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn last week. State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) led the committee that drafted the legislation. Earlier this year the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state’s previous eavesdropping law because it was(…)

Parks were big part of 2014 scene

Parks were big part of 2014 scene

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL and LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writers No little plans were made for the neighborhood’s parks this year, least of all for Jackson Park, which was the focus of attention from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, advocacy groups, wealthy donors and community residents. Jackson Park gets restored — and then some Last January,(…)

Pols in spotlight on local 2014 events

Pols in spotlight on local 2014 events

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer From pensions to the minimum wage and aldermanic menu money, to a contentious race for state representative, politics were inescapable in Hyde Park in 2014. Mitchell vs. Travis The year kicked off with a heated primary race between state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) and Bronzeville activist Jay Travis, former executive(…)

Private schools make progress in 2014

Private schools make progress in 2014

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ancona The Ancona School began offering new Montessori programs for its pre-primary students in August. The programs included a longer day and dual-language instruction. Parents of 3- to 6-year-olds had the option to choose between the half day, all day and all year programs at Ancona, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave.(…)

Retail in Hyde Park took off in 2014

Retail in Hyde Park took off in 2014

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL and LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writers The past year was a transformative one for Hyde Park’s retail scene. The neighborhood said goodbye to some longtime institutions and hello to new stores on each of its commercial corridors. Out with the old After almost 25 years in Hyde Park, pizzeria Edwardo’s, 1321 E. 57th(…)

Changes in 2014 for local schools

Changes in 2014 for local schools

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Bret Harte In 2014, Antheus Capital honored its commitment to help solve the hazardous pick-up and drop-off conditions at Bret Harte Elementary School, 1556 E. 56th St. In 2008, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) approved a land transfer agreement with Antheus that included upgrades to Bret Harte, 1556 E. 56th(…)