News In Brief

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(…)

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(…)

Murray Elementary students shine in school’s first National Geographic Bee

Murray Elementary School students Robert Nellis, 7th grade, Ryan Nellis, 5th grade and Stanley Cannon, 5th grade were the winners of the school’s first National Geographic Bee. National Geographic designed the contest to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject and increase public awareness about geography. During the(…)

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(…)

Youth treated to “Selma” showing

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago partnered with After School Matters (ASM) last week to send 1000 students to see the Civil Rights film “Selma.” ASM, a non-profit that funds programs offering activities to Chicago students outside of school hours, and the U. of C.’s office of Civic Engagement, gave the tickets(…)

Chicago Teachers Union makes endorsement in 5th Ward, passes on 4th

The Chicago Teachers Union is endorsing 24 candidates in this year’s municipal election — including a local alderman. The union last Tuesday released a list of endorsements with mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and aldermanic candidates in 23 wards, including Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th). The union endorsed no candidate in the 4th Ward, where Ald.(…)

Services to be held for Hyde Park trumpeter Paul Serrano

Paul Serrano, 82, died at 10:54 p.m. January 14, 2015. He was a jazz musician and Hyde Parker. Serrano was owner of P.S. Recording Studio and a well-known jazz trumpeter. He was born on the South Side on Oct. 9, 1932. A jazz memorial service will be held in late February or early March. For(…)