Letters To The Editor

Hope in recent election results

To the Editor: While Illinois families face tremendous challenges at both the state and municipal levels, the results of Chicago’s February 24, 2015 nonpartisan election offer inspiration, and accountability. In an unprecedented jolt to Chicago’s political establishment, Chicago voters forced a runoff between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Cook County Board Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.(…)

The Obama Library in a park? No!

To the Editor: May I add my sharp opposition to the now seemingly inevitable placement of the Obama Presidential Library on a large slice of diverted public park space in either Washington or Jackson parks. The Park District is gravely remiss in its giveaway of dedicated public open land to this project, just as they(…)

Obama Library needs South Side, non-park location

To the Editor: The Nichols Park Advisory Council voted at its March meeting to announce our enthusiastic support for the proposal to site the Obama Presidential Library on the South Side of Chicago, but also to express our definitive opposition to the use of any park land for this project. We believe building the library(…)

Good food doing good: Taste of Hyde Park returns

To the Editor: Since 2002, the Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project (HPTHP) has been helping homeless families get back on their feet. To support that effort we are launching our tenth annual fundraiser, the Taste of Hyde Park. The dinner and silent auction will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday April 18,(…)

Obama Library: South Side yes, in a park no

To the Editor: With dismay I have watched momentum gather for placing the Obama Presidential Library in a major park. With the rest of the South Side, Hyde Parkers long to have the library of this remarkable man nearby, but a park — public land – is not the place for it. Siting the library(…)

Vue53 fight may be over

To the Editor: Last week the Appellate Court upheld Judge Pantle’s dismissal on procedural grounds of our lawsuit challenging the McMobil rezoning. We are disappointed that the merits of the case will not be discussed in court, and that Vue53, which we still consider illegally zoned as well as wrong for the neighborhood, will presumably(…)

Vue53 is not right for its location

To the Editor: Although there have not been many articles lately concerning the building that has been proposed for 53rd Street at Kenwood, silence means that no progress has been made to prevent the 13 story building from going up. Whatever encouraged Ald. Will Burns (4th) to change the zoning there in order to allow that(…)

Woodlawn wants the Obama Library

To the Editor: We are neighbors in the Woodlawn community. We need your attention to this most urgent matter. Over the course of the past 12 months, we have been excited and nervously hopeful to learn the Barack Obama Foundation is considering Jackson Park and Washington Park as potential locations for the Obama Presidential Library(…)

Where’s Toni? — still “staying out of it”

To the Editor: Toni Preckwinkle has declined to publicly endorse Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for mayor of Chicago. In a public statement, she said, “I’m staying out of it for now.” Preckwinkle is the most respected African American elected official in town. Her endorsement of Garcia for Chicago’s mayor would be honored by many voters, especially(…)

When giving, don’t forget the local

To the Editor: More than ever, individual philanthropic giving is essential to the success of non-profit organizations. Because headlines often refer to large, high-profile organizations, it is easy to overlook the substantial impact that private donors can make in the lives of local children and families. The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club is an apt example.(…)

A vote for Dyett plan from a familiar name

To the Editor: My name is Dr. Timuel Black and I have lived in Bronzeville for 95 years. Captain Walter Dyett was a very important person within the community who I knew personally for most of those years. The proposal that has been developed by the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School and presented to(…)

Shovel your sidewalks, MAC

To the Editor: For Hyde Park pedestrians, especially those of us who are older and have balance problems and walk with canes, accumulated snow and ice makes walking more difficult and more dangerous. I’ve been noticing again this winter that MAC Property Management has been deficient in arranging for snow removal in front of some(…)

Parkland library deal a shameful thing

To the Editor: I am ashamed of the Chicago Park District Board for not fulfilling their roles as stewards of the parkland, and protecting it from development. Mr. Tim Black and others have only shown how clueless they are, regarding the value of the park land as open space. They are, and I have a(…)

Where’s Toni Preckwinkle?

To the Editor: Toni Preckwinkle has given us honest, progressive government in Cook County for the first time in living memory. If she’d stepped up she could have also given us honest, progressive government in the city of Chicago for the first time since Harold Washington died. If she’d run for mayor she would have(…)

Hairston comes through for the little guy

To the Editor: Readers might benefit from this information when making their choice for alderman. We live in a co-op apartment building across from Regents Park. Unfortunately, we have been dealing with excessive noise from the new garage doors put in by the rental giant, in a move to eliminate their garage staff. Not only were(…)

Transit not part of local pols visions

To the Editor: In the upcoming aldermanic elections, Hyde Park candidates are branding themselves as “independent” and “progressive.” This conveys the idea that these candidates are standing up for the interests of their constituents above those of outside influences. However, the most important economic development issue in our ward is being ignored or actively undermined(…)

U. of C. police must divulge information

U. of C. police must divulge information

To the Editor: The University of Chicago is now operating with significantly expanded police powers and policing an area of the city far larger than its immediate campus. Because of this expansion, the Citizens Action Committee for Fair University of Chicago Policing is focusing attention on the public safety needs and interests of the larger(…)

Bolden for alderman

To the Editor: We enthusiastically support Norman Bolden for 4th Ward alderman. Every neighborhood in the city deserves an independent, progressive, effective, accountable alderman, but Hyde Park has a particularly long, proud tradition in this regard. This progressive tradition, unfortunately, has not continued with Ald. Will Burns. Mr. Burns has consistently supported powerful and moneyed(…)

Be a good neighbor and shovel your snow

To the Editor: Some neighbors have been very good about adopting a street/sidewalk crossing and clearing out for pedestrians.  However, the problem remains severe in our neighborhoods. Furthermore,  businesses who are along our business streets should not only clear the entire sidewalk in front of their shop, but also the streets around the parking areas(…)

An opponent sets Burns’ record straight

To the Editor: I would like to thank the Coalition for Equitable Community Development and the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference for hosting the recent aldermanic forums. These forums provide a vital service in ensuring that Hyde Parkers are engaged and informed. However, I do feel I must correct two misperceptions that have repeatedly arisen. Ald.(…)