News In Brief

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community conference to host 4th, 5th ward forums

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference will host two aldermanic forums this month for 4th and 5th Ward candidates. A forum for 4th Ward candidates will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 24, at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. A 5th Ward forum is(…)

Friends of the White City raises a little cash

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A non-profit group promoting this history of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition raised $650 in an online campaign this winter. Friends of the White City President Ray Johnson admitted it was “a little shy” of the group’s $10,000 goal, but said the the money would fully support his tours of(…)

Lutheran School of Theology to celebrate MLK

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) will host a service and luncheon as part of its fifth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. The Albert “Pete” Pedro Jr. Multicultural Center, located at LSTC, 1100 E. 55th St., will host the Rev. M. Wyvetta Bullock, assistant to the presiding bishop and executive for(…)

Heated twitter exchange captured between Alderman Will Burns, CTU organizer

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) gave a Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) representative the finger via Twitter, according to screenshots shared across the web. The exchange took place late last Wednesday night, according to timestamps from one screenshot, after Will Burns thanked Democrats for Education Reform – Illinois in a tweet for(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society names 2015 award winners

Hyde Park Historical Society names 2015 award winners

The Hyde Park Historical Society announced last week the 2015 recipients of its two major awards. Neil Harris will receive the Paul Cornell Award for his work in education about local history. The society’s announcement about the awards notes that Harris “has spent much of his academic career recording Hyde Park and Chicago’s history, making(…)

Diversity in focus at upcoming forum for 4th and 5th Ward aldermanic candidates

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Coalition for Equitable Community Development (CECD) will host an aldermanic forum for 4th and 5th ward candidates this weekend. The forum, which will focus on keeping Hyde Park’s racial and economic diversity, will take place on the day of CECD’s annual meeting, from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday,(…)

University of Chicago Crime Lab expands to New York City

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Crime Lab will extend its reach to New York City. Crime Lab New York will provide policymakers with objective, scientific evidence to help reduce crime and violence and the toll the criminal justice system takes. Chicago’s Crime Lab helps build evidence-based analysis of policies to address(…)

New DuSable Museum exhibit explores history of Chicago jazz collective

“Free At First: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians,” will open on Jan. 19 at DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. The exhibit, which explores how artists and avant-garde jazz musicians came together during the golden era and the founding of the Association for the(…)

South East Chicago Commission buys holiday wreaths made by South Side youth

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The South East Chicago Commission recently purchased 70 holiday wreaths from the Love Unity and Values Institute to decorate the neighborhood. The LUV Institute helps at-risk youth by providing paid, part-time jobs during the holiday season. Marquita Sanders, who works with the LUV Institute, said the wreaths will be used(…)

Eleven candidates file for 4th and 5th ward alderman

Eleven candidates have filed to run for alderman in the 4th and 5th wards, according to the Chicago Board of Elections. Four candidates have filed to run in the 4th Ward and seven in the 5th Ward. Objections have been filed against two candidates in the 4th Ward and four in the 5th Ward. The(…)

University of Chicago to become hub for cancer data

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago will be one of the largest hubs for cancer genomic data in the country. In a partnership with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) the U. of C. will be one of the most comprehensive computational facilities for cancer genomic data. This is expected to allow researchers(…)

Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce moves

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce has moved one block west to a storefront at 1715 E. 55th St. The chamber moved into its last location at 5501 S. Everett Ave. in 2008 and signed a five-year lease in 2009. With the lease set to expire on Nov. 30, executive(…)

State rep. Barbara Flynn Currie to be awarded for straight talk

Illinois House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) will receive the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform’s Dawn Clark Netsch “Straight Talk” Award next week. The award will be presented to the 18-term representative and longtime resident of Hyde Park at a 5:30 p.m. cocktail reception next Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Petterinos, 150 N. Dearborn St.(…)

New lecture series coming to DuSable Museum

A new lecture series exploring a wide variety of Black cultural and historical topics will kick off at the DuSable Museum of African American History this Thursday. The Missing Pages Lecture Series will begin at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Ames Auditorium at the museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., with a talk entitled “Economic Vestiges(…)

DuSable Museum to host monologue performance on Rodney King verdict

The DuSable Museum of African American History will present “Rodney King,” a monologue performance that recalls the events surrounding the 1992 Los Angeles riots, in January as part of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events’ (DCASE) OnEdge experimental theater, dance and performance series. “Rodney King,” which was written and directed by Roger(…)

Kwanzaa bazaar coming to Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, South East Chicago Commission and the Volunteer Artists of America will host the “Pre-Kwanzaa: Holiday Bazaar” at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, and noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec.(…)

Lace up: Midway rink ready to reopen

The Midway Plaisance ice rink will open this Friday, Nov. 28, and remain operational through March 1 of next year. Located at 1130 Midway Plaisance North, the rink will be open for skating from noon to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays(…)

Hyde Parker asking for increased accessibility as City prepares to revamp 55th Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer At least one Hyde Parker is already making recommendations for the City’s planned long-term makeover of 55th Street. George Rumsey said he sent the Chicago Department of Transportation an e-mail last week calling attention to the nine recommendations made in the Hyde Park Disabilities Task Force’s 2012 report on 55th(…)

House Ethics Committee still investigating Bobby Rush

The House Committee on Ethics said last Monday it will continue investigating alleged violations by U.S. Rep Bobby Rush (D-1). That day, the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) also released a July report concluding that Rush, who represents most of Hyde Park, has never paid for rent on his campaign office since he joined Congress.(…)