Harold Washington Park Advisory Council plans park rededication day

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Harold Washington Park Advisory Council’s first official meeting focused on evolving plans for a spring celebration in the park. Seven people attended the meeting last Monday at the Del Prado, 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd., including Jackson Park Advisory Council President Louise McCurry, Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference Parks Committee(…)

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(…)

U. of C. defends park use in Obama Library plans

U. of C. defends park use in Obama Library plans

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago included Washington and Jackson parks in its bid to host the Obama Library to present the first couple with a more attractive option than land the school already owns. U. of C. Vice President for Civic Engagement Derek Douglas defended the proposal to members of the(…)

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.(…)