U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks input on proposed Jackson Park restoration

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks input on proposed Jackson Park restoration

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has released a feasibility study for a 30-day public review for proposed restorations of Jackson Park. The study is the culmination of discussions between the USACE and the Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC), Chicago Park District and Project 120, a non-profit developing plans(…)

New bike lanes planned for Stony Island

New bike lanes planned for Stony Island

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The City announced in early April that the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will install 20 miles of bike lanes through the summer, including a stretch along Stony Island Avenue between 56th and 63rd streets. The federally funded Stony Island Avenue lanes will not be barrier protected and will instead(…)

Rappers and non-profits team up for youth jobs program and Jackson Park music festival

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Rap artists and native Chicagoans Common and Kanye West have partnered with the Chicago Urban League to create the Chicago Youth Jobs Collaborative. The collaborative will offer year-round jobs to youth and host an annual music festival in Jackson Park. Common and his Common Ground Foundation; Andrea L. Zopp,(…)

Campus panel tackles youth challenges, violence and gangs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer For many young African American males in Chicago, not being a part of a gang is not an option. At a University of Chicago Institute of Politics panel discussion titled “The Chicagoland Lens: A Look at Chicago Public Schools,” held at the Quadrangle Club Thursday evening, University of Chicago(…)

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(…)

Election results for Hyde Park LSCs

Election results for Hyde Park LSCs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Public elementary and high schools held elections for their local school councils (LSC) last week during report card pick-up day. Many of the schools have a majority of new representatives on their councils. The LSC is an elected group, made up of six parents, two teachers, one non-teaching staff(…)

New group of parents on local school council

New group of parents on local school council

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A group of parents who said they are concerned about the direction in which Ray Elementary School is going have formed a group called “Stand Up for Ray.” The group said its goal is to advocate for less testing, restore playtime and maintain a diverse student population in hopes(…)

Raoul’s pension struggle

Raoul’s pension struggle

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new bill sponsored by state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-16) that would change how city pensions are funded now awaits Gov. Quinn’s signature, following its passage in the General Assembly last week. Senate Bill 1922 would end annually compounded benefit increases and require larger contributions from workers participating in two(…)