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Today and tomorrow, Cream Co.’s plants are for a song – or a poem

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Chicago-based artist collective Cream Co. will give out 2,000 tomato seedlings and 1,000 flowers in exchange for poems this week. The exchange–which began today–will continue through tomorrow at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St. Participants are invited to read a poem in exchange for allium flowers and 14 varieties(…)

Decision to place Obama Library on South Side to be officially announced this afternoon

The Barack Obama Foundation will officially announce at noon its decision to place the presidential library on Chicago’s South Side. The foundation shared its decision in a prepared statement this morning, accompanied by a video from the first couple. President Obama said in the video that the library would “attract the world to Chicago,” adding,(…)

TIF council to provide update on Vue53

TIF council to provide update on Vue53

The 53rd Street Tax Increment Finance Development Council will host a presentation by the developers of Vue53 this Monday. The meeting, to be held at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., will cover such issues as construction, traffic and the timeline for development of the high-rise, which will sit across from Nichols Park. The meeting(…)

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(…)

Army Corps seeking input on new Jackson Harbor project by tomorrow

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public input on a proposed groin at the entrance of Jackson Harbor. The public has until Friday, April 17 to comment on the 1,000-foot groin – 300 feet of steel and 700 feet of stone – designed to prevent sediment from accumulating in the harbor. The new structure will(…)

University of Chicago Police Department to release traffic stop information

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer   The University of Chicago Police Department announced Monday that it will begin releasing daily traffic stop logs beginning in June. It also wants to change the ways the public communicates with the private police force. The increase in transparency is something South Side residents have been demanding from the(…)

Traffic on Lake Shore Drive could be slowed by 35th Street bridge work this weekend

By Lindsay Welbers STAFF WRITER  Traffic along Lake Shore Drive may encounter snarls this weekend, resulting from construction at 35th Street. The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced Thursday that construction will begin at 8 p.m. Friday and through noon Saturday, though that may be delayed in case of inclement weather or other problems. Three(…)

Election Board rejects pre-marked ballot claims

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Chicago Board of Elections has dismissed claims of pre-marked ballots at the polls after a Hyde Park voter said he received one for Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Sam Dreessen, who canvassed for Chuy Garcia and voted for him at Kozminski Elementary School, 936 E. 54th St., reported the incident on Facebook Tuesday morning. “I(…)

Strive Tutoring benefit is this weekend

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer If Strive Tutoring exceeds its fundraising goal this year, it will be able to expand its program and help chip away at the number of students on its waiting list. “We’re hoping to raise additional funds to go towards that expansion,” said Angela Paranjape, executive director. “We have a waitlist(…)

Hyde Parkers to remember Andrew Patner at Thursday discussion

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS) will host a panel discussion this Thursday in memory of acclaimed classical music broadcaster and critic Andrew Patner, who grew up here. The April 9 discussion, entitled “Andrew Patner: Hyde Park Memories,” will take place 7 p.m. at the Hyde Park Historical Society, 5529(…)

Two Dyett plans submitted to CPS

By Daschell Phillips Staff Writer The Bronzeville-based Coalition to Revitalize Dyett and Kenwood-based Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center submitted proposals Monday in response to a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) request for proposals to operate a new school in the Dyett High School building. The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett submitted its long-time plan for(…)

Fifth Ward Alderman Leslie Hairston endorses Chuy Garcia for mayor

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) has endorsed Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for mayor. The announcement came late Wednesday night in an e-mail from Hairston’s campaign manager Delmarie Cobb. In a prepared statement, Hairston cited the long vacancy at the former Dominicks site in South shore as her reason. “It’s been 16 months since Dominick’s announced it was(…)