News In Brief

Park District to host meeting on revetment of Kenwood lakefront

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Park District will host another in a series of planning meetings for the revetment of Morgan Shoal. A planning team will host a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 at Kennicott Park, 4434 S. Lake Park Ave. The meeting will provide an overview of the revetment(…)

2015 candidate’s forums available online

Recordings of candidate’s forums from the 2015 election season are available online. Video recordings of candidate’s forums — including for local races — are available on the Chicago cable access network CAN TV’s website. The direct link to the page on the site with the video is cantv.org/watch-now/category/election-2015. Audio recordings of all 4th and 5th ward(…)

2015 Clarence Darrow symposium to focus on immigration, undocumented workers

The annual Darrow symposium, which will take place on the 78th anniversary of famed attorney Clarence Darrow’s death, will explore contemporary activism on the issues of undocumented laborers and immigration. This year’s symposium views the issues of undocumented laborers and immigration through the work of three advocates for the undocumented: Tania Unzueta Carrasco, an immigrant queer(…)

Kenwood Academy Brotherhood to host annual basketball fundraiser in March

The Kenwood Academy 5th Annual Brotherhood Basketball fundraiser will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 20. The Kenwood Brotherhood will play against the African American Firefighters and Paramedics League of Chicago during the tournament, which will take place in the upper gym at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The tournament is(…)

How to vote in Chicago’s 2015 elections

Residents of the 4th and 5th wards will have plenty of opportunities to participate in the city’s upcoming municipal election. Feb. 21 is the last day for first-time voters to register. All registrants must bring two forms of identification (driver’s license, state ID, passport and utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck stub or a(…)

University of Chicago renames dorm after $44M donation from Kenwood resident’s estate

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago recently renamed its South Campus Residence Hall after former Kenwood-resident Renee Granville-Grossman. The residence hall, 6031 S. Ellis Ave., was renamed the Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons. The hall, opened in 2009, is a 331,193-square-foot dormitory that houses 800 students. It is the largest housing complex on(…)

Hyde Parkers seeking grant for new sign in Jackson Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) will seek a grant from the South East Chicago Commission (SECC) to pay for a new sign highlighting the park. JPAC will apply for funds from the SECC’s Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program for the new sign, which would be at the 5800 block of(…)

South East Chicago Commission awarding grants to community organizations

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer After a two-year hiatus the South East Chicago Commission and the University of Chicago will be awarding grants to neighborhood organizations. The 2015 Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program was suspended after 2013, but has been awarded since 1999. The program offers funds to neighborhood schools, religious congregations, community organizations, park advisory(…)