University of Chicago renames dorm after $44M donation from Kenwood resident’s estate

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago recently renamed its South Campus Residence Hall after former Kenwood-resident Renee Granville-Grossman. The residence hall, 6031 S. Ellis Ave., was renamed the Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons. The hall, opened in 2009, is a 331,193-square-foot dormitory that houses 800 students. It is the largest housing complex on(…)

Andrew Patner dead at 55

Former Hyde Parker Andrew Patner, a contributor to WFMT and the Chicago Sun-Times and an award-winning journalist, died unexpectedly at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chicago of a bacterial infection. He was 55. Information on a memorial service will be provided as it is made available.

Alderman Will Burns to attend fundraiser with Mayor Emanuel tonight

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A fundraiser for Ald. Will Burns (4th) with Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been planned for tonight. The event, scheduled to take place this evening between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at River North restaurant Hubbard Inn, is being promoted by Loop-based firm KJD strategies, which specializes in fundraising. Tickets to the(…)

Comfort Me pop-up boutique moves into permanent home at Hyde Park Shopping Center

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Formerly a pop-up boutique at 5241 S. Harper Ave., Comfort Me has staked a permanent home in the Hyde Park Shopping Center. Last Saturday the store moved into the previous location of longtime boutique What The Traveler Saw, 1508 E. 55th St., where they were invited to relocate by their(…)

Police announce arrest for string of robberies

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A 21-year-old man has been charged in connection with a string of robberies in Hyde Park last fall. Tommy Langston, 21, of the 8000 block of South Blackstone Avenue, was arrested Dec. 9 and charged in connection to three robberies in September and November, Chicago Police News Affairs said. University(…)

Chicago Teachers Union makes endorsement in 5th Ward, passes on 4th

The Chicago Teachers Union is endorsing 24 candidates in this year’s municipal election — including a local alderman. The union on Tuesday endorsed mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and aldermanic candidates in 23 wards, including Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th). The union endorsed no candidate in the 4th Ward, where Ald. Will Burns is being challenged by(…)

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(…)

Busy weekend approaching for 4th and 5th ward candidates

Fourth and 5th ward aldermanic candidates will appear this weekend at two forums, two open house events and one endorsement session. From 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow, the Coalition for Equitable Development will host an aldermanic forum focusing on economic and racial diversity for the 4th and 5th wards, at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S.(…)

Public meetings on Obama library coming up next week

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Next week Hyde Park will have three public meetings to solicit input on using public parkland for the Obama Presidential Library. The first, but unofficial, meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday at the Jackson Park Fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. The Jackson Park Advisory Council will meet with representatives(…)

List of 2015 municipal candidates won’t be final until January: Chicago Board of Elections

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The ballot for candidates running in next year’s municipal elections won’t be final until next month, according to Chicago Board of Elections spokesman Jim Allen. Although the Chicago Board of Elections lists Dec. 18 as the date by which candidates need to be certified for next year’s ballot, Allen said(…)

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(…)