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(…)

Protest of Ferguson and Eric Garner jury decisions brings Hyde Park traffic to a standstill

Protest of Ferguson and Eric Garner jury decisions brings Hyde Park traffic to a standstill

Protesters at the intersection of 55th Street and Woodlawn Avenue, Thursday afternoon. – Owen M. Lawson III By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A massive crowd protesting police brutality and racial injustice brought traffic to a standstill at the intersection of 55th Street and Woodlawn Avenue this afternoon. Protesters reacting to recent news that the white(…)

Hadiya Pendleton’s relatives to present at U. of C. human rights event this Friday

Relatives of late Kenwood teenager Hadiya Pendleton will speak at the University of Chicago chapter of Amnesty International’s “Write for Rights” event from 4:30 to 8 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 5 at McCormick Tribune Lounge, 5706 S. University Ave. Every December, Amnesty International invites the public to write letters advocating for its selected list of human rights(…)

Facebook post on U. of C. student’s page not work of hacker

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Facebook posting that appeared to be racially motivated and that led to a federal investigation last week was not the work of an illegal hacker. University of Chicago Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services Karen Warren Coleman wrote, in a letter sent out to the entire faculty,(…)

Hyde Parker Marlene Van Kley Vellinga dies

Hyde Park resident and active volunteer Marlene Van Kley Vellinga has died. Vellinga sat on the board of the Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project and was a longtime volunteer for the Hyde Park-Kenwood Hunger Programs. For at least more than a decade Vellinga played a crucial role in helping to unload monthly food deliveries to(…)

Hyde Park man charged with shooting death

A Hyde Park man was charged following a fatal shooting on the 5200 block of South Cornell Avenue last night. Paris D. Walker-Rush, 25, was charged with one felony count of involuntary manslaughter and one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon. Walker-Rush, who lives on the 5200 block of South Cornell, was arrested(…)

Kwame Raoul awaits appeal after Illinois pension reform bill ruled unconstitutional

The Sangamon County Circuit Court ruled Friday that last year’s pension reform bill is unconstitutional. The ruling comes shy of a year since Gov. Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 1 into law, controversial legislation that raised state employee retirement ages, cut employee contributions and tied pension benefit increases to inflation with the aim of saving(…)

U. of C. police send out alert

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department alerted residents yesterday after a student was the victim of a burglary near campus. At 2:45 p.m. Monday a student was walking southbound on Ellis Avenue between 61st and 62nd streets when approached by the suspect. The suspect took the victim’s computer, computer bag and iPhone(…)