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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to kill all Jackson Park lagoon fish and replace them

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Say goodbye to the fish in the Jackson Park lagoon. As part of a five-year federally-funded restoration of native habitats in Jackson Park, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to kill all lagoon fish and replace them with new ones. The lagoon’s dominant species are currently carp and bullhorns,(…)

Kenwood Academic Center to move into Canter Middle School

Kenwood Academic Center to move into Canter Middle School

By Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writer The Kenwood High School Academic Center will move into the recently vacant Canter building in the 2015-2016 school year, according to Ald. Will Burns (4th). Burns released a statement Tuesday afternoon stating that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CEO of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Barbara Byrd Bennett met with Kenwood(…)

Meditation. “Zen meditation at Rockefeller.”

Meditation. “Zen meditation at Rockefeller.”

Meditation. “Zen meditation at Rockefeller.” 5-6:45 p.m., every Wednesday, Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-702-2100, free. Participants meditate in Rockefeller Chapel.

Part Eight: Genuinely civilized oddballs

Part Eight: Genuinely civilized oddballs

By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS When speaking of the recently constructed Logan Center on the south side of the Midway Plaisance, University of Chicago president Robert Zimmer commented that the building would have “a tremendous impact not only on our students, faculty and community, but on the future of the arts in Chicago.” He continued, “Creativity(…)

Pop-up boutique Sir and Madame to leave Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Sir and Madame, 1420 E. 53rd St., will close this Sunday to make way for a new pop-up. The Ukranian Village-based retailer’s Hyde Park pop-up was slated to close in March, according to co-owner and neighborhood resident Autumn Merritt. Instead, it stayed open for nine months before announcing its closure(…)

Seminary Co-op finds leader

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Board of Directors of the Seminary Co-op Bookstore named Jeff Deutsch as the next director of the bookstore beginning July 1. Deutsch previously worked at the co-op bookstore at Stanford University where he was director of stores since 2012. Before that he ran the Cal Student Store at the(…)

Sam Greenlee, late author of “The Spook Who Sat by the Door,” dead at 83

South Side author Sam Greenlee died May 19, 2014 at the age of 83. Born in Chicago in 1930, Greenlee grew up in Woodlawn. He attended Englewood High School, and then the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the University of Chicago. Following a stint at the U.S. Information Agency, he published his most famous novel,(…)

Murray Elementary wins Illinois Spotlight Award

Murray Elementary wins Illinois Spotlight Award

Murray Elementary wins Illinois Spotlight Award By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Murray Elementary School recently received its second Illinois Spotlight Award. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) gives the award to schools with high poverty rates that are closing the academic achievement gap. Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., is one of 37 schools(…)

Kenwood’s college On-Track system lauded

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Derrius Quarles known nationally as “The Million Dollar Scholar” and a multitude of seniors who’ve received Millennium Gates Scholarships over the past five years always attribute a large part of their success to the counselors from Kenwood Academy High School’s Freshman On-Track Program. According to a new study released(…)

5th Ward budget group member releases recommendations

Anne Marie Miles – 5th Ward attorney, former aldermanic candidate and member of Ald. Leslie Hairston’s committee to review infrastructure needs in the ward – released earlier this afternoon the meeting minutes and recommendations from the group to Hairston. The recommendations will be considered by Hairston’s office, which has sought input from the ward’s four(…)

Ad hoc committee to discuss 5th Ward menu money this Monday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer An ad-hoc committee of Hyde Parkers will discuss how to spend 5th Ward menu money at a public meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday at Augustana Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave. Ald. Leslie Hairston announced in an April 2 newsletter that this year’s funds would be directed mostly toward lighting(…)

Rapper Common announces Jackson Park music festival

Jackson Park will play host to a new music festival beginning later this year, courtesy of Chicago-based rapper Common. The annual music festival, dubbed AAHH FEST!, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 20, and Sunday, Sept. 21, at 6300 S. Hayes Drive. Common made the announcement Wednesday at the Museum of Contemporary Art, alongside rapper(…)

Jay Travis, 26th Illinois House district candidate, concedes to Christian Mitchell

Jay Travis, 26th Illinois House district candidate, concedes to Christian Mitchell

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Jay Travis conceded the race for Illinois’ 26th House District late Friday to incumbent Christian Mitchell. “I am writing to let you know that I am officially conceding,” Travis said in a prepared campaign e-mail. Travis’ concession comes on the heels of a close election that saw her receive 556(…)

Porkchop swoops in to Harper Court

Porkchop swoops in to Harper Court

By JENNET POSEY Herald Intern Sit-down restaurant Porkchop opened in Harper Court last Monday. The restaurant, 1516 E. Harper Ct., specializes in barbecue, Southern fare and whiskey and also serves breakfast. It had its soft opening this week, which will be followed by a grand opening in April. The location is Porkchop’s second, joining another(…)

26th District challenger Jay Travis has not conceded to Christian Mitchell, seeks information from Chicago Board of Elections

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Jay Travis is still contesting Christian Mitchell’s victory in the race for Illinois’ 26th District House seat. “For now, I have not conceded,” Travis said Thursday afternoon. Travis said she presented the Chicago Board of Elections with a letter on behalf of her campaign Wednesday to document complaints of voting(…)

THEY’RE HISTORY

THEY’RE HISTORY

MAC Properties demolishes three historic greystones on Harper Avenue to make way for a parking lot.

Christian Mitchell ekes out 26th District win against Jay Travis

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS and JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writers State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) won with a slim lead over challenger Jay Travis in Tuesday’s election. Mitchell and a group of more than 50 supporters — including Ald. Will Burns, state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-16) and Sen. Dick Durbin — convened Tuesday night to watch(…)