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Hyde Park resident starts clean water fund for Flint

Hyde Park resident starts clean water fund for Flint

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park entrepreneur and community organizer Jason Campbell is spearheading a project to bring water filters to youth daycare centers in Flint, Mich. Since April 2014, residents of Flint have been dealing with the repercussions of a poisoned water source. The crisis garnered national attention after it was found that(…)

Herman Cohn, A “Mayor” of Hyde Park

Herman Cohn, A “Mayor” of Hyde Park

    Herman Cohn died Monday, March 21, in Hyde Park. He was 94. The life of Herman Cohn was a life well-lived. He served his country bravely, he served his community tirelessly and he served his men’s store customers with flair. In Cohn’s heyday, some called him the unofficial “Mayor of Hyde Park,” but(…)

Louder Than a Bomb Poetry fest hits DuSable

Louder Than a Bomb Poetry fest hits DuSable

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The individual finals for Chicago’s annual Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB) poetry competition came to the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., on Thursday, March 17. LTAB founder Kevin Coval has previously called the youth poetry festival “the best political platform in Chicago.” “You will see(…)

Mitchell takes victory in 26th District race

Mitchell takes victory in 26th District race

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At press time, State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) was in the lead ahead of opponent Jay Travis by 3,028 votes at about 56 percent. While Travis started out with a lead just after the polls closed at 7 p.m., Mitchell ultimately pulled the majority of the votes for the Democrat(…)

Travis calls out Mitchell for foul play, doesn’t concede the race

Travis calls out Mitchell for foul play, doesn’t concede the race

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 15, Jay Travis, candidate for State Rep. (D-26) stepped onto the stage at her election night party at Room 43, 1043 E. 43rd St., to announce that, despite trailing her opponent by about 2,000 votes with 85 percent of 26th precincts reporting, she would not(…)

Rush wins again

Rush wins again

By Allison Matyus Staff Writer U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1) was in the lead by a landslide as of Herald press time with 75 percent of the votes Tuesday night. Ald. Howard Brookins (21st) and Patrick Brutus ran against Rush for the Democratic nomination. Brookins obtained 20 percent of the votes while Brutus came in(…)

Presidential primary results

Presidential primary results

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On the democratic side of the presidential race, Hillary Clinton came away with the victory with 53.65 percent of the vote. With 97 percent of precincts reporting, Clinton had 357,415 votes. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was listed with 302,173 votes. In the republican primary, Donald J. Trump held a commanding(…)

Ballot confusion at the polls

Ballot confusion at the polls

By SAM RAPPAPORT, Staff Writer and MARC MONAGHAN, Special Contributor As Illinois voters flocked to the polls for Tuesday’s general primary elections, some Hyde Park residents found it difficult to cast ballots for their appropriate districts. Becca Hall, a resident of the 5500 block of S. Hyde Park Blvd., said that, after being supplied with(…)

Kenwood student counts ballots for Election Day

Kenwood student counts ballots for Election Day

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A Kenwood Academy High School senior was one of 1,300 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students who served as election judges during the primary election, March 15. Kierra Jones, a senior at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., participated as a judge Tuesday at Brainerd Senior Center, 8915 S. Loomis St. Jones(…)

Sanders speaks with Rev. Jackson at Rainbow PUSH

Sanders speaks with Rev. Jackson at Rainbow PUSH

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) visited Rainbow PUSH headquarters, 930 E. 50th St., for a public conversation with Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. on Saturday, March 12. The event, part of Jackson’s weekly, live-broadcasted Saturday Morning Forum, drew hundreds of spectators and a variety of activists and local politicians. Among those in(…)

Community chess class teaches kids new skills

Community chess class teaches kids new skills

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Community kids are learning problem-solving skills, organization and collaboration on Saturday afternoons, by just playing a board game. Walter Bourdaghs recently began offering community chess classes geared to kids ages 9-18 at Einstein Bros. Bagels, 5225 S. Harper Ct. Aside from teaching kids a game played across the globe, Bourdaghs(…)

Dr. Quentin Young remembered in Hyde Park

Dr. Quentin Young remembered in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park native Dr. Quentin Young, who served the community through his health practice and activism, died Monday, March 7 at the age of 92. Born in 1923, Young lived on the South Side his whole life. His son, Michael Young, said Hyde Park has always been where his roots(…)

Hyde Park Community Players tackle two shows

Hyde Park Community Players tackle two shows

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players are performing not one, but two shows this weekend as part of an exciting two-week run of “Jar the Floor” and “Proof.” David Auburn’s “Proof,” directed by player Paul Baker, and Cheryl L. West’s “Jar the Floor,” directed by Roseland Battle, may be two separate(…)

Mikkey’s Retro Grill

Mikkey’s Retro Grill

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A new burger joint in town promises healthy “cheat day” meals with a side of fresh ingredients. Mikkey’s Retro Grill, 5319 S. Hyde Park Blvd., is the second restaurant endeavor from Hyde Parker Erik Nance. Nance, who also owns Litehouse Whole Food Grill, 1373 E. 53rd St., explained that the(…)

Hyde Park resident ranked as a top corporate influencer

Hyde Park resident ranked as a top corporate influencer

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Darrel Hackett has been named one of the 100 most influential African Americans in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine. According to Savoy Magazine, the award puts Hackett on “the definitive list of African American achievers, influencers and executives facilitating global change through their leadership.” Hackett, a neighborhood(…)

CTS president honored

CTS president honored

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Rev. Dr. Alice Hunt, president and associate professor at Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS), 1407 E. 60th St., received the University of Montevallo’s (U. of M.) 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award on Monday, March 7. Hunt is a 1978 graduate of the small Alabama university, where she completed her B.S. in mathematics(…)