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Mitchell’s connection to lobbying firm questioned

Mitchell’s connection to lobbying firm questioned

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer In addition to his legislative duties, state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) has been a registered lobbyist and staff member at a public affairs firm, which has led opponents to question his ethics. Since 2011, Mitchell has served as vice president of Conlon and Dunn Public Strategies, led and co-founded by(…)

U. of C. selling Harper Court

U. of C. selling Harper Court

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago has listed Harper Court for sale. The 12-story, mixed-use development was listed with commercial realtor CBRE Group. It includes 224,000 square feet of space and is more than 90 percent leased to retail tenants. As part of the sale the university will sign a 20-year master(…)

Students seek to further regulate U. of C. police

Students seek to further regulate U. of C. police

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Some University of Chicago students are petitioning the school’s police department to act more like a publicly funded force. The Coalition for Equitable Policing marched to the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) headquarters on Friday. They delivered a petition with more than 800 signatures and the support of 10(…)

Dollars pouring into 26th District race: More donate to Christian Mitchell, but Jay Travis gets some heavy hitters, too

Dollars pouring into 26th District race: More donate to Christian Mitchell, but Jay Travis gets some heavy hitters, too

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer As of January 2013, almost $700,000 has poured into the race for Illinois’ 26th District House seat — and that’s excluding donations to unaffiliated political action committees. An analysis of campaign donors reveal the interests that may command political attention should either candidate win, as well as a big fundraising(…)

Stand for Children donations to Christian Mitchell spark criticism from opponents

Stand for Children donations to Christian Mitchell spark criticism from opponents

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer 26th District challenger Jay Travis and her top fundraiser, the Chicago Teachers Union, have slammed state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) for accepting tens of thousands of dollars in donations from Oregon-based special interest group Stand for Children. During this election cycle, Mitchell has received $66,000 from Stand for Children —(…)

Kenwood principal: Varsity basketball coach fired

Kenwood principal: Varsity basketball coach fired

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Jim Maley was fired from his position as head coach of the Kenwood Academy High School varsity basketball team Friday. Parents said they were shocked by the decision because Maley was a coach who cared about the academic and social emotional well being of the team members. Greg Jones,(…)

Mitchell resists challenger Travis’ debate invitations

Mitchell resists challenger Travis’ debate invitations

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) has declined two chances to debate Jay Travis — but says he is open to the possibility. “I look forward to these opportunities,” Travis said of planned March 1 and March 6 debates, in a Feb. 21 press release. But Mitchell decided to skip Saturday’s(…)

Monarch butterflies star in new MSI movie

Monarch butterflies star in new MSI movie

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer When monarch butterflies leave the Midwest every year, millions of them head to a small place in Mexico that was hidden until 1976. A new movie showing in the Omnimax theater at the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., explores the story of how it was(…)

Panel faults UCPD actions 

Panel faults UCPD actions 

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A year after the University of Chicago Police Department arrested four people advocating for a trauma care center, the committee established to determine suitable practices has released its decisions. The Ad Hoc Committee on Protest and Dissent released its findings last month in a seven-page document with recommendations for how(…)

Currie taking election easy

Currie taking election easy

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) is one of 588 candidates running in this year’s Illinois primary election. But with less than two weeks to go until ballots are cast, the well-funded 18-term legislator is nearly guaranteed to win. The Illinois House Majority Leader — who has held office since(…)

Ross clothing to open soon

Ross clothing to open soon

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Ross Dress for Less will open on 47th Street this week in the space formerly occupied by grocers the Hyde Park Co-Op and Michael’s Fresh Market. This will be the first store in the city of Chicago for Ross, a discount clothing retailer in the same market as TJ Maxx(…)

CPS cancels RFP seeking broker to sell Canter

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) canceled a request for proposals (RFP) it released earlier this week to real estate brokers that are interested in handling the sale of Canter Middle School and several other schools across the city that are or will soon be closed. The invitation, which was released(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society to host author Frances McNamara

Hyde Park Historical Society to host author Frances McNamara

Mystery novelist Frances McNamara will discuss her work from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 2, at the Hyde Park Historical Society, 5529 S. Lake Park Ave. McNamara is the author of several Chicago whodunit tales, including “Death and Hull House” — which takes place at 19th century social worker Jane Addams’ famed(…)

Community Action Council official in Hyde Park

Community Action Council official in Hyde Park

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park-Kenwood has an official Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Community Action Council (CAC). Four of the group’s board members were voted in during its Wednesday night meeting and are drafting a four-point list of neighborhood school needs for the CPS board. Denise Hill, mother of two at Ray and(…)

Murray Elementary local school council condemns standardized testing in new resolution

Murray Elementary local school council condemns standardized testing in new resolution

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Murray Elementary School local school council has released a resolution showing its support of a national campaign that is seeking to put an end to the way standardized tests are used. Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., adopted the resolution from Time Out From Testing (TOFT), a national campaign(…)

Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy to host open house Wednesday

Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy to host open house Wednesday

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Little Black Pearl shed its alternative high school partnership with Youth Connections Charter School and opened a public high school through Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The school is hosting an open house Wednesday. Little Black Pearl, an art and design center for youth, 1060 E. 47th St., launched The(…)

U. of C. sex assault opens federal investigation

U. of C. sex assault opens federal investigation

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) began formally investigating the University of Chicago after a student’s complaint it mishandled her sexual assault case and violated her Title IX rights. Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 to the Civil Rights Act prohibits sex-based discrimination in all education(…)

State Rep. Christian Mitchell makes case for re-election

State Rep. Christian Mitchell makes case for re-election

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer “My opponent’s getting a little more vocal lately and doing a lot of talking,” state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) told an audience of almost 40 at a canvassing event last Saturday at his campaign headquarters, 900 E. 47th St. “This race is about more than just rhetoric. This race is(…)

Hyde Park businesses bypass banks, turn to crowdfunding

Hyde Park businesses bypass banks, turn to crowdfunding

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer More than one year after opening its doors, coffee shop Sip and Savor is seeking investment capital directly from members of the community. Entrepreneur Trez V. Pugh III is asking individual investors for a total $25,000 in loans by March 1 via website LendSquare. The funds will be paid back(…)