News In Brief

Local school council elections less than two weeks away

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Now that the Illinois Primary Election has come to a close parents and community members are gearing up to campaign for spots on local school councils in Chicago Public Schools. The LSC is an elected group, made up of six parents, two teachers, one non-teaching staff representative, two representatives(…)

Jerry “Iceman” Butler re-elected Cook County Commissioner

Jerry “Iceman” Butler, the Cook County Board of Commissioner member who represents the 3rd District of the county, which includes Hyde Park, handily defeated his opponent Rosemary Reeves. Butler received 19,444 votes out of 23,759, or 81.84 percent, of the vote.

Native Foods latest place to open in Harper Court

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Vegan restaurant Native Foods, 1518 E. Harper Ct., became the most recent business to open in Harper Court. Native Foods was established in 1994 in California. The Harper Court restaurant is the company’s second in the Chicago area. Native Foods serves organic, meat- and dairy-free entrees for around $10. l.welbers@hpherald.com.(…)

Charge, bond set in infant murder

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Hyde Park man was charged with the murder of his 3-week-old daughter after she died at Comer Children’s Hospital from injuries resulting from repeated shaking. Jose Garcia, 28, was arrested initially after his daughter was admitted to Comer Children’s Hospital, 5721 S. Maryland Ave., at 2:45 p.m. on March(…)

Institute of Politics announces fellows

The University of Chicago Institute of Politics has announced its six spring quarter fellows: Roger Simon, Politico columnist Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee David S. Muir, former director of political strategy for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown Ana Marie Cox, founding editor of Wonkette Bob Inglis, former U.S. Representative for South(…)

Kracke memorial announced

A memorial service will take place this Friday for Waud H. Kracke, a Hyde Park resident and University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) professor of anthropology who died on Dec. 31. The service will be held at 10 a.m. in room I-470 of UIC’s Richard M. Daley Library, 801 S. Morgan St. Donations in Kracke’s(…)

Local to perform in production

A Hyde Park native will be featured in a stage production of “American Myth,” the story of a college professor who is accused of lying about his participation in the Vietnam War. Stephen Key will be featured in the role of Mitch Kopitsky. For more information, visit americanbluestheater.com.

Update on pricey park project

A Chicago attorney seeking to develop a new framework plan and $10 million visitors center for Jackson Park will share his latest update with the public at a talk this week. Robert W. Karr Jr. will discuss Jackson Park and its Japanese garden in a lecture hosted by Friends of the Parks at 12:15 p.m.(…)