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Herald launches poll on Obama Library

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Barack and Michelle Obama are expected to announce which university will host the Obama Presidential Library sometime in April. While the University of Chicago (U. of C.) is considered a frontrunner, it also presented the most controversial option. The Chicago Park District has already approved transferring more than 20 acres(…)

Spruce Park on track to get advisory council

A meeting will take place next week to organize an advisory council for Spruce Park, 5337 S. Blackstone Ave. The purpose of the meeting, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. next Monday at the Nichols Park field house, 1355 E. 53rd St., will be to nominate officers and identify goals for the new advisory(…)

First Unitarian to remember Selma

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer People from around the world will gather in Alabama this weekend to commemorate “Bloody Sunday,” a 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery that was brutally broken up by state and local law enforcement officers, who used tear gas and billy clubs to detain activists at the Edmund(…)

More burglaries prompt warning

More burglaries prompt warning

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department issued a warning Tuesday night after a series of home invasions and burglaries. UCPD Police Chief Marlon Lynch said seven residential burglaries were reported to the Chicago Police Department between Feb. 17 and March 3. The burglaries occurred off campus between 52nd and 54th(…)

Hyde Park preservationist asks Preckwinkle to back Garcia

A member of the Hyde Park Historical Society and a leader in the city’s preservation community has shared an online petition asking Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to back Chuy Garcia in April’s runoff election. The petition, by Jack Spicer on change.org, is entitled “Endorse Chuy Garcia for Mayor of Chicago.” Spicer shared the petition(…)

South Side Shrimp closes in Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Less than three years after opening a store in the Del Prado building, South Side Shrimp has closed. In the summer of 2012, Beverly resident Julia Moore opened her Mt. Greenwood-based restaurant’s second location in Hyde Park, 5319 S. Hyde Park Blvd., drawn by the area’s population density. But revenue couldn’t(…)

Police send out warning following burglaries

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police issued a warning after two connected robberies in Hyde Park in February. CPD said there have been two home invasions and burglaries in the area of 53rd Street and Drexel Avenue. In each instance burglar gains entry to a home, threatens the occupants and takes their property. The(…)

Emanuel-linked super PAC spends thousands in support of Alds. Hairston, Burns

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Incumbent aldermen in the 4th and 5th wards are getting some help from a political action committee (PAC) with links to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, state records show. Super PAC Chicago Forward, headed by Emanuel appointee and former CPS Communications Officer Becky Carroll, bought more than $9,000 worth in political communications supporting Ald.(…)

Aldermanic and mayoral candidates make their case at Rainbow Push headquarters

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Three mayoral and more than a dozen aldermanic candidates — including three in local wards — made their case Saturday morning at the Rainbow Push headquarters, 930 E. 50th St. Fifth Ward candidates Leslie Hairston and Jedidiah Brown as well as 4th Ward candidate Norman Bolden spoke at a candidate’s(…)

President Obama, Mayor Emanuel visit Ald. Will Burns’ Hyde Park campaign office

Last Thursday President Barack Obama and Mayor Emanuel visited Ald. Will Burns’ campaign office, 900 E. 47th St. The visit came on the same day Obama announced the designation of the Pullman neighborhood as a national park alongside Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Burns. “When you see see somebody who worked with you as a young(…)

Mayoral candidates, Garcia’s wife tackle education, city services at Hyde Park forum

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Mayoral candidates Bob Fioretti and William Walls and Chuy Garcia’s wife, Evelyn, attended an hour-long Tuesday forum at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Drive. The challengers and Garcia made their case on the heels of a fiery debate last Tuesday at DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Place. This time, the(…)

Burns campaign slams Bolden’s character in new website

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns’ (4th) campaign has launched a new website blasting challenger Norman Bolden on his personal and business dealings. The Thursday launch of therealnormanbolden.com — paid for by Friends of Will Burns – came just two days after Bolden asked Burns to make transparent his communications on the Obama Library,(…)

4th Ward has spent $155M on TIF projects, according to workshop co-hosted by Bolden campaign

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Investigative non-profit CivicLab hosted a presentation on TIF funds co-sponsored by 4th Ward aldermanic candidate Norman Bolden last Thursday. At the presentation next door to Bolden’s campaign office, at 1013 E. 43rd St., CivicLab leader Tom Tresser gave a breakdown of how the Tax Increment Finance (TIF) program spends money(…)

Harold Washington Park Advisory Council cancels first 2015 workday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Harold Washington Park Advisory Council has canceled its first workday of the new year due to weather. The workday was originally planned to take place at 8 a.m. tomorrow and include a survey of the park, a meeting with dog walkers and a discussion on bringing a new garden,(…)

Opponents give Hairston “D”s, “F” on leadership at Apostolic Church forum

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer All 5th Ward candidates except Ald. Leslie Hairston showed up for a forum Tuesday night at Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester Ave. Hairston announced her decision to skip the forum late Tuesday afternoon, citing concerns that a question asking opponents to rate the current alderman gave her no(…)