News In Brief

Hyde Park man charged with murder

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Hyde Park man was charged with murder for his involvement in a homicide on the 3700 block of South Princeton Avenue in February. Courtney Ealy, 19, of the 300 block of East 60th St., was charged with one felony count of First Degree Murder on Tuesday, March 18 after(…)

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.(…)

Seniors: Drop In, work out

The Chicago Hyde Park Village will host two guests from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Wednesday at it’s bimonthly Drop-In at Augustana Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave. Wellness coach Randi Kant will lead an exercise session, followed by a lunch and an improvisation workshop with Hyde Park Community Players member Dan Friedrich. Participants will(…)

Local Gilbert and Sullivan fans, get ready

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company will sail into Hyde Park this week on the bow of the “H.M.S. Pinafore.” Before the opera company presents its eighth production of the W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan opera poking fun at unqualified people in positions of authority, the company will present “The(…)

Early voting started for primary elections

Early voting started for primary elections

Early voting for the Illinois primary began Monday and will continue through Sunday, March 15. Registered voters in the City of Chicago will be able to cast an early ballot at any one of its 51 polling stations. All stations are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays. Three stations will also(…)

Hyde Park businesses head to campus

The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its First Thursday networking session from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on March 6, at Ida Noyes Hall’s third floor theater, 1212 E. 59th St. The event highlighting chamber members will be hosted by the U. of C.’s student newspaper, The Chicago Maroon, and will be sponsored(…)

Executive director named for University of Chicago Delhi campus

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago named Bharath Visweswariah, a business and management consultant in India, as the executive director of the university’s Center in Delhi earlier this month. The center is expected to open in March. Visweswariah will create and oversee administrative functions, staffing the center and implementing a strategic plan(…)

Former Congressman Mel Reynolds in trouble again

Former Illinois 2nd Congressional District U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds was deported from Zimbabwe last Sunday, after pleading guilty Friday to a visa violation but being dismissed on charges of pornography possession. Reynolds was arrested in Zimbabwe’s capital city Harare last Monday. The disgraced ex-Congressman and onetime Rhodes Scholar – who resigned on the heels of(…)

Tickets to watch campus Republican gubernatorial forum available today

Tickets will be available starting at noon today for a Republican gubernatorial forum taking place on the U. of C. campus at 6 p.m. next Tuesday, March 4. The 60-minute event moderated by NBC 5 political editor Carol Marin will feature Dan Rutherford, Kirk Dillard, Bill Brady and front-runner Bruce Rauner, followed by a half-hour(…)

Institute of Politics’ Darren Reisberg joins Illinois Task Force on Civic Education

U. of C. Institute of Politics Executive Director Darren Reisberg has been appointed to Illinois’ Task Force on Civic Education. Reisberg met for the first time last Friday with the 13-member task force, assigned to examine civic education in Illinois and present recommendations to the General Assembly. The task force was created last spring after(…)

U. of C. student found dead Sat

A 20-year-old University of Chicago student was found dead in his room at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, in Booth House in International House, 1414 E. 59th St. Nicholas Brastin Barnes was a third-year Germanic Studies student at the college. Karen Warren Coleman, vice president for Campus Life and Student Services, and Dean of Students(…)

Fire at new fast food spot delays opening

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Hyde Park restaurant was gutted by fire days before it was scheduled to open. Wingers, 1638 E. 53rd St., caught fire Feb. 5. Management company MAC Property spokesman Peter Cassel said there was smoke damage to three apartments above the restaurant but no injuries. Fire damage was contained to(…)

MSI to host free days through February

The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) will be offering free museum entry for kids through Feb. 28. Free days at MSI, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., will take place daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Activities include: “See lightning strike — indoors! Manipulate a tornado” – Science Storms exhibit; “Climb inside a historic(…)