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All Hyde Park incumbents victorious in midterm elections

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer All of Hyde Park and South Kenwood’s incumbent politicians up for re-election yesterday – each of them Democrats – will keep their seats. State Reps. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) and Christian Mitchell (D-26), as well as U.S. Reps. Bobby Rush (D-1) and Robin Kelly (D-2) all won in a landslide.(…)

Representative Christian Mitchell stumps for education funding reform

Representative Christian Mitchell stumps for education funding reform

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) spoke with community members in Hyde Park and Bronzeville in the past couple of weeks about Senate Bill 16 (S.B. 16), The School Funding Reform Act of 2014. According to the Illinois State Board of Education, S.B. 16 proposes that the state do away(…)

Fire at 47th Street Metra stalls morning travelers

Fire at 47th Street Metra stalls morning travelers

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A fire at the 47th Street Metra station briefly halted trains and is still under investigation by the Chicago Fire Department. A fire was reported at 11:24 a.m. Tuesday after a train operator saw smoke. Chicago Fire Department responded immediately, said Meg Reile, Metra spokesperson. One train, bound for downtown(…)

Neighborhood pushes for UCPD changes

Neighborhood pushes for UCPD changes

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) authorized a Hyde Park journalist to form an ad hoc committee to take a critical look at the University of Chicago Police Department and recommend ways it can better police the community. UCPD came under fire by members of the community for practices that many called(…)

Trauma center protest comes amid University of Chicago’s biggest-ever fundraising drive

Trauma center protest comes amid University of Chicago’s biggest-ever fundraising drive

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Dozens of protesters marched Wednesday night to call on the University of Chicago to open a trauma center, yards away from its kick-off gala for the public phase of its $4.5 billion fundraising drive, Inquiry and Impact. Several organizations were represented at the march, including grassroots activist group Southsiders Together(…)

Ancona School planning $2 million “outdoor learning space” for 2015

Ancona School planning $2 million “outdoor learning space” for 2015

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School unveiled its plans for an Outdoor Learning Space (OLS) at a special “Tent Event” on Oct. 19. Parents, alumni and friends of the school were invited to learn more about the school’s initiative and the importance of learning through play. “Ancona is a progressive school so(…)

Hyde Park candidates raise more than $400K, spend $330K in run-up to 2014 election

Hyde Park candidates raise more than $400K, spend $330K in run-up to 2014 election

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer   With the Illinois general election coming up Tuesday, Nov. 4, time is running out for candidates to raise and spend money. Seven candidates are running for U.S. Congressional and Illinois House districts in Hyde Park and South Kenwood. They are: Democrat Bobby L. Rush and Republican Jimmy Lee Tillman in(…)