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(…)

Emanuel moves to secure park land for Obama Library

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel will introduce an ordinance to the full City Council that would transfer ownership of the two parks proposed for the Obama Library from the Park District to the City. The mayor’s office confirmed that he will introduce the ordinance at Wednesday’s meeting. The Park District council will look at(…)

Support, some concerns, voiced for Obama Library at pair of public meetings

Support, some concerns, voiced for Obama Library at pair of public meetings

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The forces in support of bringing the Obama Presidential Library to a major South Side park were in full force last week, convening two meetings meant to demonstrate strong public support behind the bid. Hyde Park Academy Public support was overwhelmingly in favor of bringing the Obama Presidential Library to the(…)

South Shore attorney Tiffany Brooks challenging Alderman Leslie Hairston

South Shore attorney Tiffany Brooks challenging Alderman Leslie Hairston

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Attorney and South Shore resident Tiffany Brooks wants to replace Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th). Brooks, who has a general law practice in Woodlawn, is one of four challengers running for Hairston’s seat this year. A graduate of Hyde Park Academy High School, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave., and Loyola University,(…)

Yoko Ono partners with Chicago non-profit Project 120 to reimagine Jackson Park

Yoko Ono partners with Chicago non-profit Project 120 to reimagine Jackson Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Yoko Ono is consulting on designs for a new landscape in Jackson Park. The project is part of Chicago non-profit Project 120’s sweeping vision for Jackson Park that includes a multi-million dollar visitor’s center and an updated framework plan inspired by Frederick Olmsted’s 1895 designs for the park. Project 120,(…)

Hyde Parkers seeking to form advisory council for Cornell Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A park advisory council (PAC) may soon form for Cornell Park, 5473 S. Cornell Ave. A group of around 16 community members plus Ald. Hairston (5th) and two of her assistants attended a Jan. 5 meeting at the Chicago Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell Ave., to draft bylaws and an(…)

Jesus “Chuy” Garcia voices opposition to placing Obama library in Washington Park

Jesus “Chuy” Garcia voices opposition to placing 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(…)

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(…)