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Longtime salon struggles to stay on 53rd Street

Longtime salon struggles to stay on 53rd Street

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A woman who has owned a salon on 53rd Street for 20 years is suing the a business arm of the University of Chicago, who she says is trying to illegally evict her. Sahan Kourouma has owned Motherland, 1459 E. 53rd St., a nail salon and hair weaving business, since(…)

What The Traveler Saw to close in June

What The Traveler Saw to close in June

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer What the Traveler Saw will be closing at the end of June. The international goods store has been a popular in the neighborhood since it opened 10 years ago. Owner Laurel Stratford said she would be closing the brick-and-mortar store, 1508 E. 55th St., but not the business. “I’ve put(…)

Hyde Park’s permission wall, once haven for local artists, destroyed for Vue53 site

Hyde Park’s permission wall, once haven for local artists, destroyed for Vue53 site

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A wall where graffiti artists had painted freely for more than 20 years was demolished Friday to make way for a 155-foot tall mixed-use building. The Hyde Park graffiti wall was the last “permission wall” on the South Side. Artists and graffiti writers were able to hone their talents along(…)

26th District challenger Jay Travis has not conceded to Christian Mitchell, seeks information from Chicago Board of Elections

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Jay Travis is still contesting Christian Mitchell’s victory in the race for Illinois’ 26th District House seat. “For now, I have not conceded,” Travis said Thursday afternoon. Travis said she presented the Chicago Board of Elections with a letter on behalf of her campaign Wednesday to document complaints of voting(…)

Christian Mitchell ekes out 26th District win against Jay Travis

Christian Mitchell ekes out 26th District win against Jay Travis

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS and JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writers State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) won with a slim lead over challenger Jay Travis in Tuesday’s election. Mitchell and a group of more than 50 supporters — including Ald. Will Burns, state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-16) and Sen. Dick Durbin — convened Tuesday night to watch(…)

Barack Obama Foundation releases request for qualifications for presidential library

The Barack Obama Foundation released a request for qualifications for the planned Obama presidential library Thursday afternoon. The document asks institutions across the country seeking to host the president’s library how their proposal will satisfy the library’s “guiding principles.” It also asks for details on a proposed facility’s site, accessibility and community “to demonstrate a(…)

Parents debate the merits of firing Kenwood Academy basketball coach

Parents debate the merits of firing Kenwood Academy basketball coach

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy parents continue to debate the fairness of the school’s decision to fire its varsity basketball coach. Some parents said they are concerned about the basketball team’s academic future while others said the team needs a coach, who can lead the team to more victories. Jim Maley was(…)

State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie sails to victory

State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie sails to victory

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie sailed uncontested to her 19th term as Hyde Park’s representative in the 25th District Tuesday night. The 2014 primary was less stressful than her first election in 1978. In Currie’s first primary, she ran in a 10-candidate race that included an alderman and an(…)

Kenwood student a star

Kenwood student a star

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School student Kyndal Buchanan will receive the “Rising Star” award at the DuSable Museum of African American History’s Annual gala. DuSable’s “Night of 100 Stars Gala” will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday April 5 at the South Shore Cultural Center at 7059 S.(…)

Analysis: The facts behind the TV ads in Christian Mitchell and Jay Travis’ race for the 26th District

Analysis: The facts behind the TV ads in Christian Mitchell and Jay Travis’ race for the 26th District

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Illinois’ 26th District race has taken to the TV airwaves. Using a fundraising advantage in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, incumbent state Rep. Christian Mitchell’s (D-26) campaign has released two television ads, while the Chicagoans United for Economic Security (CUES) political action committee has spent almost $90,000 on an(…)

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(…)