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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(…)

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,(…)

Fourth and 5th ward aldermanic candidates square off in pair of weekend forums

Fourth and 5th ward aldermanic candidates square off in pair of weekend forums

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL
Staff Writer Fourth and 5th ward candidates made their case last weekend at two aldermanic forums, one in Hyde Park hosted by the Coalition for Equitable Community Development (CECD), and another in South Shore hosted by the Chicago Southside Branch NAACP. CECD Forum Candidates from both wards tackled questions on affordable housing, education(…)

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(…)