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In the Morgan Shoal, local educators and naturalists see a valuable resource

In the Morgan Shoal, local educators and naturalists see a valuable resource

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer While the Chicago Park District has plans to redo much of the lakefront from 45th to 51st streets, some Hyde Parkers want to take extra steps to protect the natural resources that are a little harder to see. Greg Lane swims in the lake every day even through the winter.(…)

Alderman Leslie Hairston forming new advisory councils for 5th Ward

Alderman Leslie Hairston forming new advisory councils for 5th Ward

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer In her first public meeting since last month’s election, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) shared plans to create four new advisory councils. Hairston invited constituents to join the new groups last Tuesday at Chicago Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell Ave. Their focuses will include the 71st/Stony Island TIF, zoning along 71st(…)

University of Chicago, Illinois Attorney General weighing in on bill aimed at campus police

University of Chicago, Illinois Attorney General weighing in on bill aimed at campus police

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new bill that would require the University of Chicago Police Department to publicly disclose arrests could still change, according to state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25). House sponsors Currie and state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) say the intent behind HB 3932 — inspired by community discussion surrounding the University(…)

Akiba-Schechter teachers headed to Italy to study preschool education

Akiba-Schechter teachers headed to Italy to study preschool education

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Three teachers from Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School will travel to Italy to study its preschool methods. Susan Carton, Arun Srimani and Kelli Harris, preschool teachers at Akiba-Schechter, 5235 S. Cornell Ave., will travel to Reggio Emilia, Italy, this month on a four-day trip to observe the town’s early childhood(…)

Emanuel beat Garcia by a smaller margin in Hyde Park, analysis shows

Emanuel beat Garcia by a smaller margin in Hyde Park, analysis shows

Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel may need to try harder to win local votes in next month’s runoff election. Emanuel beat challenger Jesus Chuy Garcia in the Hyde Park-South Kenwood area by a smaller margin than in the city overall, an analysis of February’s election results show. Across the city,(…)

Wicker Park’s Silver Room to relocate in Hyde Park next month

Wicker Park’s Silver Room to relocate in Hyde Park next month

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Wicker Park boutique The Silver Room, a longtime cultural hub, will soon call Hyde Park home. Entrepreneur Eric Williams will move and reopen permanently on April 2 in the former location of pop-up store Neighborly, 1506 E. 53rd St. The University of Chicago will be his landlord. Since he opened(…)

Ald. Will Burns says Michael Reese site unfit for Obama Library, despite parkland controversy

Ald. Will Burns says Michael Reese site unfit for Obama Library, despite parkland controversy

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Though the vacant lot where Michael Reese Hospital once stood has already been ruled out as a potential site for the Obama Library, some Chicagoans are urging reconsideration of the location. Ald. Will Burns (4th) disagrees, maintaining that it lacks accessibility. The Obama Foundation rejected the 48-acre space last fall(…)

After a global search, Lab picks local as middle school principal

After a global search, Lab picks local as middle school principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Sandy Bixby was appointed to the position of middle school principal at University of Chicago Laboratory School. This is a promotion for Bixby, who has been a member of the school’s science department since 2007. A search advisory committee at Lab, 1362 E. 59th St., has spent the last(…)

U. of C. Woodlawn charter school to abandon Wadsworth, build on 63rd Street

U. of C. Woodlawn charter school to abandon Wadsworth, build on 63rd Street

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Representatives from the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement met with the residents of the Greenwood Block Club, community members living on Greenwood Avenue between 63rd and 64th streets, to share U. of C.’s plans to build a new building for the University of Chicago Charter School Woodlawn Campus(…)

Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Yeomen of the Guard” at Mandel Hall this weekend

Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Yeomen of the Guard” at Mandel Hall this weekend

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company’s stage director promises that this year’s production of “The Yeomen of the Guard” will make the audience laugh more than “H.M.S. Pinafore.” The 55th production in the company’s history, “Yeomen” is one that came later in the collaborative history of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur(…)

New law from local representatives could shed light on University of Chicago police

New law from local representatives could shed light on University of Chicago police

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Contributor New legislation may be a major victory for activists concerned about transparency in the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD). Introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives by state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) with Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26), the bill would force the UCPD to the same standard for(…)

Murray coach to lead fundraiser for local athlete

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Murray Elementary School Coach Tony Alston is hosting a basketball shootout to help Devin Lockett, former Murray student and senior at Urban Prep High School West campus, who was shot twice in the chest coming from a dance party in March 2014. The “Doing It For Devin Classic” will(…)

57th Street red light camera to be yanked

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Sunday that the city will be removing 50 of its red light cameras. One of the intersections effected is 57th Street and Cornell Avenue, near the Museum of Science an Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. Saying that the 25 affected intersections have seen a(…)

Gilbert and Sullivan return to Hyde Park this weekend

Gilbert and Sullivan return to Hyde Park this weekend

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company’s stage director promises that this year’s production of “The Yeomen of the Guard” will make the audience laugh more than “H.M.S. Pinafore.” The 55th production in the company’s, “Yeomen” is one that came later in the collaborative history of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan.(…)

Shoreline plans

Shoreline plans

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A plan by the Chicago Park District would add seven acres of land to Burnham Park, raise the shoreline several feet and add places for viewing the Morgan Shoal. The Park District and the Army Corps of Engineers will soon finalize a plan to perform revetment work in Burnham Park(…)

Elected board, dance in the news

Elected board, dance in the news

Overwhelming support for an elected school board in the 4th and 5th wards Voters in the 4th and 5th Wards voted in large number in favor of an elected school board. No legislative action has to be taken on the nonbinding referendum, which was presented on the ballot in 37 wards, but it is a(…)

Hyde Park’s harried election

Hyde Park’s harried election

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Most candidates are now done campaigning for this year’s election and like many of their signs, which just a few days ago sat perched at storefronts and atop piles of snow, have disappeared from public sight. Yet despite incumbent Alds. Will Burns and Leslie Hairston’s decisive victories in the 4th(…)

More burglaries prompt warning

More burglaries prompt warning

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department issued a warning Tuesday night after a series of home invasions and burglaries. UCPD Police Chief Marlon Lynch said seven residential burglaries were reported to the Chicago Police Department between Feb. 17 and March 3. The burglaries occurred off campus between 52nd and 54th(…)

Barbara Flynn Currie introduces legislation to increase access to campus police information

Barbara Flynn Currie introduces legislation to increase access to campus police information

State Reps. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) and Christian Mitchell (D-26), have introduced legislation that would force the University of Chicago Police to comply with requests for records from the public, even though it is a private institution. The Private College Campus Police Act, enacted in 1951, allows privately-owned colleges to appoint police forces with the(…)

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(…)