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70-year-old missing

70-year-old missing

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer James Bell, a 70-year-old South Side resident, has been missing since April 5, 2016, according to Chicago police. He was last seen in the area of 6100 S. Kenwood Ave., on Monday, April 4, wearing a navy blue baseball cap, jeans, a hooded sweatshirt and a vest. Police described Bell(…)

Obama discusses Supreme Court nomination

Obama discusses Supreme Court nomination

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer University of Chicago (U. of C.) faculty, law students and Illinois politicians all crowded into U. of C.’s Harold J. Green Law Lounge, 1111 E. 60th St., Thursday, April 7, to hear President Barack Obama discuss his recent Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland. Obama, who was a professor of(…)

Support across the neighborhood for CTU strike

Support across the neighborhood for CTU strike

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago teachers stayed out of their classrooms and took to the streets on April 1 protesting as part of a citywide “Day of Action”. The Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) began protesting outside of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) at 6:30 a.m. on Friday with organized protests and events that lasted throughout(…)

Natalie Moore discusses segregation at U. of C. book chat

Natalie Moore discusses segregation at U. of C. book chat

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore stopped by the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) International House, 1414 E. 59th St., on Thursday, March 31, to discuss her new book, “The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation.” Rick Perlstein, a U. of C. graduate and author of “Invisible Bridge:(…)

Non-profit campaigns against junk food marketing in  schools

Non-profit campaigns against junk food marketing in schools

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A non-profit grassroots organization is getting community members and schools of Hyde Park to stop the junk food propaganda in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Corporate Accountability International (CAI) launched the Value [the] Meal Campaign in Chicago at the beginning of this year. The goal of the campaign is to stop(…)

Hyde Park Taco Station opens

Hyde Park Taco Station opens

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The long-awaited Hyde Park Taco Station, 5300 S. Dorchester Ave., will have a soft opening later today and will have an official opening later this week. Owner Edgar Vasquez said he is shooting for Thursday, April 7 or Friday, April 8 for the taco joint’s doors to officially open. The restaurant(…)

New playgrounds planned for Nichols Park

New playgrounds planned for Nichols Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Two new playground complexes will soon be coming to Nichols Park, according to Nichols Park Advisory Council (NPAC) President Stephanie Franklin. They will replace both the park’s ‘baby playground,’ at the park’s southwest corner near Kimbark Ave., and ‘big-kids playground,’ near 54th St. and Kenwood Ave. Franklin said that the(…)

Blackstone Bicycle Works transfers management

Blackstone Bicycle Works transfers management

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Jamel “J.T.” Triggs, 26, and Jermell Akins, 21, have both been repairing bicycles at Blackstone Bicycle Works, 6100 S. Dorchester Ave., since their early teenage years. Their years of apprenticeship paid major dividends, last week, when Triggs and Akins were tapped to oversee the management of the bike shop. Blackstone(…)

Grandparents connection Bret Harte students meet with Montgomery Place residents

Grandparents connection Bret Harte students meet with Montgomery Place residents

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Eighth graders from Bret Harte Elementary School and senior residents at Montgomery Place had the chance to spend an afternoon together through WTTW’s program, Grandparent Connection. On March 23, 38 students from Bret Harte, 1556 E. 56th St., visited their neighbors at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Dr., for an(…)

Obama Foundation rep. vows to partner with community for Presidential Center

Obama Foundation rep. vows to partner with community for Presidential Center

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Obama Foundation’s recently appointed Vice President of Civic Engagement, Michael Strautmanis, assured neighborhood residents, at a 5th Ward meeting, Tuesday, March 22, that the community will hold significant weight in upcoming dialogues surrounding the Obama Presidential Center (OPC). Strautmanis is a Chicago native with close ties to the Obamas.(…)

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(…)