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(…)

Hare says Ald. Hairston could face runoff against her or Miles

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Fifth Ward candidate Jocelyn Hare said she thinks a run-off could happen, and if it does she expects incumbent Ald. Leslie Hairston to face either her or Anne Marie Miles. “If it goes to a run-off I think it’ll be 50-50 me and Anne Marie,” she said at a private campaign(…)

A year later, Jay Travis supporters band together to support Garcia, Bolden

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new political action committee that grew out of Jay Travis’ primary bid last year for state representative is playing a role in this year’s municipal elections. Founded last December, People United for Action (PUA) has made its first ever political endorsements: mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia and 4th Ward hopeful(…)

Opponent asks if Ald. Burns’ work for public affairs firm ASGK is a conflict of interest

Opponent asks if Ald. Burns’ work for public affairs firm ASGK is a conflict of interest

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL and DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writers Fourth Ward candidate Norman Bolden is asking whether Ald. Will Burns’ work with a Chicago public affairs firm represents a conflict of interest. Bolden stood with about a dozen supporters on the northwest corner of Harper Avenue and 53rd Street Tuesday morning to call for an(…)

Ald. Leslie Hairston skips aldermanic forum at Apostolic Church, asks for change to format

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Citing concerns over an unfair format, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) decided to skip yesterday’s aldermanic forum hosted by Rev. Byron Brazier’s Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester Ave. The forum’s format – which allowed candidates to prepare responses to a series of questions – included a section asking challengers(…)

University of Chicago students to mourn for Chapel Hill shooting victims

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer University of Chicago students will hold an hour-long rally this evening to mourn the Tuesday shooting of three young Muslim Americans in Chapel Hill, N.C. The event, organized via Facebook by four undergraduate students, will begin at 6 p.m. in the campus quadrangle on the 5600 block of University Avenue(…)

Chicago mayoral candidates square off at DuSable Museum

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer All five mayoral candidates appeared for the last televised debate of the campaign season earlier tonight at DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Place. The debate, co-sponsored by the Chicago Urban League, featured incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), millionaire businessman Willie Wilson(…)

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference votes for Houston Park playground upgrade

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference voted unanimously last month to request that the City renovate the play equipment at Houston Playground Park, 5001 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Parks Committee co-chair McCurry, who is part of a team surveying local parks for HP-K CC, told the conference the playground is used by(…)