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Community members announce run for 4th Ward Ald.

Community members announce run for 4th Ward Ald.

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The special election for the 4th Ward Alderman is still six months away, but candidates are already lining up in hopes of landing on the Feb. 28 ballot. Former alderman Will Burns resigned in March, and since then, community members have been focusing on the future aldermanic leadership for the(…)

South Side hosts first police accountability community hearing

South Side hosts first police accountability community hearing

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Outrage over police violence has rocked the nation recently, and, since the November 2015 release of a video in which 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer, the Windy City has been right in the middle of it all. Less than a mile away from(…)

Hyde Park Farmers Market attendance increases

Hyde Park Farmers Market attendance increases

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern After four years at Harold Washington Playlot Park (2010-2014), 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., the South East Chicago Commission/Special Service Area of Hyde Park-sponsored (SECC/SSA) Farmers Market returned last summer to Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct., where it had been originally. Since then, attendance has increased, according to SSA(…)

Former “Fly Girl” leads acting workshop at HPNC

Former “Fly Girl” leads acting workshop at HPNC

Jossie Harris Thacker, who was one of Keenan Ivory Wayans’ dancing “Fly Girls” on the comedy show “In Living Color,” will be teaching an acting class for youth at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC). Harris Thacker, who is now an award-winning actress, will lead her first W.A.Y. (Who Are You) acting class from 10(…)

City leaders expect Obama Presidential Center to draw visitors from around the globe

City leaders expect Obama Presidential Center to draw visitors from around the globe

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At a Wednesday morning press conferences on the steps of the Museum of Science and Industry, city and community leaders promised a new wave of economic development would accompany the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) to the South Side. The presentation included comments from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Obama Foundation Chair Martin(…)

12-year-old missing girl found

12-year-old missing girl found

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Hearld Intern The 12-year-old girl, who went missing from Hyde Park Tuesday, Aug. 2, has been found, according to the Chicago Police Department. The girl, Shaniah Everhart, had last been seen on Monday, Aug. 1 at 54th Street and Ingleside Avenue and often played basketball, according to the police. The police could(…)

Hales Franciscan High School suspends school year

Hales Franciscan High School suspends school year

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hales Franciscan High School announced on Wednesday, July 27, that it is suspending its upcoming 2016-2017 school year. The school’s board of directors made the decision to suspend next year’s programs but will resume in the 2017-2018 school year. According to Melody Spann Cooper, the chairwoman of the Hales Franciscan(…)

12-year-old girl missing from Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff writer A 12-year-old girl has gone missing from Hyde Park, according to police. Shaniah Everhart was last seen Monday, Aug. 1, in the 5400 block of South Ingleside Avenue. Police describe her as Black, 5’3″, 118 lbs. with brown eyes. When last seen, she was wearing a gray “Mickey Mouse” shirt,(…)

Murray assistant principal leaves for new position

Murray assistant principal leaves for new position

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Rhonda Butler, the assistant principal at Murray Language Academy, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., will not return to Murray for the 2016-17 school year. Butler has accepted a principal position at Black Magnet School, 9101 S. Euclid Ave., near the South Chicago neighborhood. In May of this year, Murray Principal Gregory(…)

Community benefits main concern in Obama Library installation

Community benefits main concern in Obama Library installation

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At Wednesday night’s town hall meeting regarding the Obama Presidential Library, residents talked about creating a Community Benefits Agreement with the foundation connected to the incoming library. Early Wednesday, Jackson Park was announced as the site for the future Obama Library. The meeting, hosted by Southside Together Organization for Power(…)

Jackson Park chosen as home to Obama Presidential Center

Jackson Park chosen as home to Obama Presidential Center

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Jackson Park will be home to the Obama Presidential Center, according to a source familiar with the selection process. The 500-acre park, located at 6401 S. Stony Island Ave., apparently won out over the alternative site of Washington Park. Since its decision to house the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago’s(…)

Several Hyde Park developments in full bloom

Several Hyde Park developments in full bloom

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer New developments around Hyde Park are either nearing completion or just beginning to break ground. Vue53, 1330 E. 53rd St. After initially being proposed in 2013 and an unsuccessful lawsuit that followed that same year, the 13-story building is finally nearing completion. Vue53 is expected to be finished by mid-September.(…)

“Bronzeville” musical performs at Logan Center

“Bronzeville” musical performs at Logan Center

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer “Chicago’s Bronzeville-The Musical”, is making one last local stop at the Logan Center on Saturday, Aug. 20, and Sunday, Aug. 21, before placing its Broadway bid in the hopes of performing on the biggest stage in the theater world. The original musical is put on by the Mahdi Theatre Company(…)

Community meeting on 1400 E. Hyde Park talks plans and parking

Community meeting on 1400 E. Hyde Park talks plans and parking

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Developers talked about the plans of the newest building to be built at 1400 E. Hyde Park Blvd. during the first of many community meetings last night at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The proposed four-story building will sits on the corner of Dorchester Avenue and Hyde(…)

After three months, undocumented immigrant still remains in Hyde Park church

After three months, undocumented immigrant still remains in Hyde Park church

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer It’s been over three months since Jose Juan Federico Moreno has stepped outside the walls of University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. Moreno, an undocumented Mexican immigrant who has lived in Illinois for close to two decades, is holed up in the Hyde Park church to avoid deportation. After a(…)

King open to idea of permit parking

King open to idea of permit parking

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer As part of a parking discussion during a Thursday night meeting regarding the proposal of building new condominiums at 1400 E. Hyde Park Blvd., Ald. Sophia King (4th) said that she would be open to the idea of permit parking to relieve parking challenges in the neighborhood. “My predecessors were(…)

New development adds to revitalization of Woodlawn

New development adds to revitalization of Woodlawn

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Woodlawn residents will soon be able to move into the first market rate rental property in over 40 years thanks to the new Trianon Lofts, 803 E. 61st St., which broke ground today. The upcoming development features 24 units that have two bedrooms and two baths each at 900 to(…)

Bixler Playlot is open

Bixler Playlot is open

Early Thursday morning, July 21, Chicago Park District Officials opened the recently renovated Bixler Playlot Park, 5600 S. Kenwood Ave. The park, which is a result of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s “Chicago Plays!” program, now includes rope-climbing equipment and structures on which children can stand or hang while spinning.

Hyde Park playgrounds re-open

Hyde Park playgrounds re-open

By SAM RAPPAPORT, Staff Writer SONIA SCHLESINGER, Herald Intern Following weeks of renovations, two Hyde Park playgrounds are re-opening to the public. Nichols Park’s East Playground, 1355 E. 55th St., and Bixler Playlot, 5600 S. Kenwood Ave., have been fenced off for weeks as construction crews installed new playground equipment. Both projects are a result(…)