Local Obama library momentum building

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer announced his support for a library housing artifacts from Barack Obama’s presidency located on the South Side of Chicago on Friday. Zimmer’s statement comes on the same day that the formal process of finding a location for the library and museum began. The Barack(…)

A view of East Hyde Park just before dawn Tuesday from the 31st Street Marina. Photo by Marc Monaghan

Locals sign up for Community Action Council

Locals sign up for Community Action Council

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Council (HP-K CC) Schools Committee hosted another Chicago Public Schools Community Action Council (CAC) interest meeting last Wednesday. About 40 community members attended the meeting, which was held at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. Out of the 40, 16 people signed up(…)

End-of-life discussion at First Unitarian

By Jennet Posey Herald Intern An end-of-life discussion hosted by Compassion and Choices will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2, at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. Compassion and Choices is a non-profit offering consultation for people with terminal diseases facing the end of their life. Bess Shenkier, coordinator for the(…)

Hairston strikes out at Chase

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) introduced a new ordinance that would strike JPMorgan Chase from the City of Chicago’s list of municipal depositories. Hairston says the legislation was inspired by the news: The bank paid $2.6 billion settlement earlier this month to victims of Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme after agreeing to(…)

U. of C. summer program changes rile alumni

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Some University of Chicago students are petitioning against changes to a competitive internship program that focuses on community building. Michelle Obama founded Summer Links when she was University Community Service Center (UCSC) director in 1997. This year it began working with Metcalf internships under the Career Advancement department, a move(…)

Revels return

Revels return

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Quadrangle Club Revels will take place again this year, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, and Saturday, Feb. 1, at the perennial play’s namesake venue, at 1155 E. 57th St. This year’s production, “Sweet Dreams: A Winter’s Tale of Spring,” was written by local author Ted Fishman and(…)

City Hyde Park gets TIF dollars as demo underway

City Hyde Park gets TIF dollars as demo underway

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The City Council approved spending $11.3 million tax increment financing dollars to construct City Hyde Park, a mixed-use complex that would bring Whole Foods to the neighborhood. The $115 million development will include 120,000 square feet of retail, 180 apartments and two levels of parking underground with space for 350(…)