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 could get new hotel on 56th Street

Hyde Park could get new hotel on 56th Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park could get another hotel. The 24-story Solstice on the Park building planned for 5540 S. Cornell Avenue could include a hotel as well as apartments, according to Peter Cassel, director of community development for MAC Property Management, an affiliate of parent developer Antheus Capital. Cassel told attendees at(…)

Ray Elementary school council votes against pre-K program — for now

Ray Elementary school council votes against pre-K program — for now

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School Local School Council (LSC) voted against adding a full-day pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) program to its school. Ray teachers, parents and administrators at Thursday night’s emergency meeting called the program “too risky.” Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., was chosen by Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) Early Childhood Education(…)

Alderman Will Burns reflects on first term, makes case for re-election

Alderman Will Burns reflects on first term, makes case for re-election

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Freshman alderman Will Burns (4th) has to convince voters he deserves a second term. Burns, a decades-long resident of the Mid-South Side and graduate of the University of Chicago, is being challenged by Bronzeville entrepreneurs Tracey Bey and Norman Bolden in this month’s upcoming election. This is his second re-election(…)

Aldermanic hopefuls vie for votes at two 5th Ward forums

Aldermanic hopefuls vie for votes at two 5th Ward forums

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer For the first time last week all 5th Ward candidates came together to debate each other at a pair of forums, including one hosted by the League of Women Voters of Hyde Park and another by the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (HP-K CC). The candidates were Robin Boyd-Clark, Tiffany Brooks,(…)

Frozen yogurt shop Zberry closes to stay afloat amid winter weather, chain competition

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Frozen yogurt shop Zberry, 1368 E. 53rd St., will stay closed through the first half of March to weather a challenging business climate. This is the store’s first winter closed since it opened in 2011, according to owner Zenzille Powell, a measure she said she took last December to save(…)

Nurses at University of Chicago Medical Center authorize strike

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The 1,500 union nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center voted to authorize a strike last week if bargaining negotiations fail. The members of National Nurses United voted on Thursday to authorize a one-day strike if negotiations with the administration at UCMC do not improve. A strike date has(…)

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(…)