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Saturday historical talk to discuss Hyde Parkers in 1940 census

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society will be hosting an event this Saturday, May 2, focusing on the lives of neighborhood residents in 1940. The 3:30 p.m. event, entitled “You Are There: Bringing the 1940 Census to Life,” will take place at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Hyde Park Historical Society,(…)

Reports: South Side of Chicago to get Obama Library

News outlets are widely reporting that President Barack Obama will choose the South Side of Chicago for his presidential library. The reports came late Thursday after CBS 2 Chicago learned President Obama thanked Mayor Emanuel over the phone for a newly-passed state law that allows his library to be built on public parkland. Senate President(…)

Five-year Wooded Isle closure only an option: contractor

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A contractor has the option to keep Wooded Isle closed for five years until Jackson Park is fully restored, but is seeking to reopen it earlier. The island was closed to pedestrians two weeks ago as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ restoration of Jackson Park. The project(…)

Bill requiring more information from campus police passes Illinois House

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Illinois House on Friday passed HB 3932, legislation that would require private campus police to release the same information as municipal police. The bill — introduced in February by state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) and co-sponsored by state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) — passed unanimously. The bill was(…)

KOCO questions audit co-sponsored by state Rep. Christian Mitchell

KOCO questions audit co-sponsored by state Rep. Christian Mitchell

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Kenwood Oakland Community Conference (KOCO) said last Tuesday it was ready to comply with a state audit, but that it had questions about the political motivations at play. On April 17 the Illinois House unanimously passed HR 324, which calls for an audit of the group. The resolution —(…)

Survey results endorse lights and signage on 57th Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The results are in from the South East Chicago Commission’s (SECC) survey on proposed changes to 57th Street. At a public meeting last Monday at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave., design consultants discussed the survey, which was circulated online by the SECC and the 5th Ward office. The questionnaire(…)

Three shot at Ellis Avenue near 55th Street

Three people were shot around 12:30 a.m. last night in an alley off Ellis Avenue, according to the University of Chicago Police Department and Chicago police. The victims were shot near 5487 S. Ellis Ave. and fled into a parking garage at 55th Street and Ellis Avenue, according to Marlon Lynch, chief of police at(…)

Wooded Isle likely to remain closed through fall: Park District

Wooded Isle likely to remain closed through fall: Park District

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Jackson Park’s Wooded Isle has been closed off to the public. The closure is part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) multi-million dollar restoration of native habitats in Jackson Park, which includes grading of the island’s shoreline, creating new outlooks and replacing its pathway. “All of the woody(…)