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Fourth and 5th ward aldermanic candidates square off in pair of weekend forums

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Fourth and 5th ward candidates made their case last weekend at two aldermanic forums, one in Hyde Park hosted by the Coalition for Equitable Community Development (CECD), and another in South Shore hosted by the Chicago Southside Branch NAACP. CECD Forum Candidates from both wards tackled questions on affordable housing,(…)

U. of C. ends plans to expand adult ER

  By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Medical Center shelved its plans to build a $36 million adult emergency room. Late Friday afternoon university officials released a statement saying they were pulling the application filed with the Illinois Health Review Board in December. The now-defunct plan would have moved the adult emergency(…)

Busy weekend approaching for 4th and 5th ward candidates

Fourth and 5th ward aldermanic candidates will appear this weekend at two forums, two open house events and one endorsement session. From 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow, the Coalition for Equitable Development will host an aldermanic forum focusing on economic and racial diversity for the 4th and 5th wards, at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S.(…)

Public meetings on Obama library coming up next week

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Next week Hyde Park will have three public meetings to solicit input on using public parkland for the Obama Presidential Library. The first, but unofficial, meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday at the Jackson Park Fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. The Jackson Park Advisory Council will meet with representatives(…)

List of 2015 municipal candidates won’t be final until January: Chicago Board of Elections

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The ballot for candidates running in next year’s municipal elections won’t be final until next month, according to Chicago Board of Elections spokesman Jim Allen. Although the Chicago Board of Elections lists Dec. 18 as the date by which candidates need to be certified for next year’s ballot, Allen said(…)

Alderman Leslie Hairston still calling for $15 minimum wage

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Alds. Leslie Hairston (5th) and Will Burns (4th) both voted last Tuesday to raise Chicago’s minimum wage to $13, but Hairston said it’s not enough. Tuesday’s 44-5 vote ensured Chicago’s $8.25 minimum wage will rise to $10 by July 2015 and 50 cents every year through 2019, when it reaches(…)