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(…)

Chuy Garcia weighs in on Obama Library in Washington Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia said he does not support using public land in Washington Park for the Obama Library. In a statement released Tuesday Garcia, a former alderman and current commissioner on the Cook County Board, said he opposes granting 20 acres of parkland for the Obama Library and(…)

Kenwood High School hosting meeting on expansion into Canter

Kenwood Academy High School will host its second Canter transition meeting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13, in the school’s library. Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., is expanding to relieve overcrowding by moving its 7th and 8th grade Academic Center to 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., the building that once housed Canter Middle School. This(…)

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(…)