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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(…)

Chicago Innovation Exchange opens flagship workspace on 53rd Street

Chicago Innovation Exchange opens flagship workspace on 53rd Street

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s tech incubator opened Thursday at an event attended by some of Illinois’ top politicos and business leaders. The Chicago Innovation Exchange, 1452 E. 53rd St., is the newest addition to the shopping corridor. Once completed the CIE will bring 300 employees working for 20 to 30(…)

South Side Pie Challenge calling on more locals to vie for top pie

South Side Pie Challenge calling on more locals to vie for top pie

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The South Side Pie Challenge (SSPC) is Nov. 8 at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Julie Vassilatos, organizer of SSPC, said this is the third year of the competition. She is hoping that there is a balanced turnout this(…)

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference proposes increased funding for parks

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference proposes increased funding for parks

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference’s (HP-K CC) proposed 2014-2015 budget would boost funding for area parks, a favorite item for the decades-old neighborhood group. HP-K CC will vote on the budget at its next meeting in November. If approved, $700 will be given to the group’s Parks Committee, which will(…)

Kenwood student with budding clothing line accepted into prestigious design program

Kenwood student with budding clothing line accepted into prestigious design program

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School student Malik Coleman has been making waves with his new clothing line Fashion And Money/Family Always Matters (FAM). The sophomore’s creative efforts have also obtained him a spot in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s College Arts Access Program (CAAP). Coleman said he(…)

U. of C., Ald. Leslie Hairston mull 55th Street makeover with community

U. of C., Ald. Leslie Hairston mull 55th Street makeover with community

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) hosted a public meeting last Monday evening to gather community input for what could be a long-term, multimillion-dollar project to spruce up the 55th Street corridor. Around 20 community members divided between four tables were each assigned to compile(…)

Hyde Park policy wonk preparing to run for 5th Ward alderman

Hyde Park policy wonk preparing to run for 5th Ward alderman

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer After years of studying urban policy in school and at work, Hyde Parker Jocelyn Hare wants to lead the 5th Ward. Hare, 34, is a University of Chicago Harris School graduate, currently serving as a Richard M. Daley Distinguished Senior Fellow consulting on policy for Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and(…)

Hyde Park gems on display for Chicago Architecture Foundation’s open house weekend

Hyde Park gems on display for Chicago Architecture Foundation’s open house weekend

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Some of Hyde Park’s architectural gems will be open for tours during the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s open house. This year the foundation will include more than 150 places across the city and six in Hyde Park. The buildings will be open on Oct. 18 and 19 and admission is free.(…)