Alderman Will Burns to attend fundraiser with Mayor Emanuel tonight

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A fundraiser for Ald. Will Burns (4th) with Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been planned for tonight. The event, scheduled to take place this evening between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at River North restaurant Hubbard Inn, is being promoted by Loop-based firm KJD strategies, which specializes in fundraising. Tickets to the(…)

Comfort Me pop-up boutique moves into permanent home at Hyde Park Shopping Center

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Formerly a pop-up boutique at 5241 S. Harper Ave., Comfort Me has staked a permanent home in the Hyde Park Shopping Center. Last Saturday the store moved into the previous location of longtime boutique What The Traveler Saw, 1508 E. 55th St., where they were invited to relocate by their(…)

Police announce arrest for string of robberies

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A 21-year-old man has been charged in connection with a string of robberies in Hyde Park last fall. Tommy Langston, 21, of the 8000 block of South Blackstone Avenue, was arrested Dec. 9 and charged in connection to three robberies in September and November, Chicago Police News Affairs said. University(…)

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 on Tuesday endorsed 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. Will Burns is being challenged by(…)

Education organizers, KOCO mark MLK Day with call for elected board, sustainable schools

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Grassroots Education Movement held a rally Monday at Rainbow PUSH’s headquarters in Hyde Park, demanding an elected representative school board and 50 sustainable community schools. The Grassroots Education Movement (GEM) – which consists of more than 20 community and labor organizations including the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) and(…)

Final list of candidates approved for 4th, 5th wards

Eight candidates will appear on the ballot for 4th and 5th ward alderman this February. The candidates for 4th Ward alderman will be incumbent Will Burns, Tracey Bey and Norman Bolden. The candidates for 5th Ward alderman will be incumbent Leslie Hairston, Tiffany Brooks, Jedidiah Brown, Robin Boyd Clark, Jocelyn Hare and Anne Marie Miles.(…)

Hyde Park man reported missing

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer   A Hyde Park man has been missing since Thursday morning. Arsene Boykin, 93, was last seen taking his car for emissions testing between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15. He never returned to his home on the 5600 block of South Harper Street. Boykin suffers from signs(…)