Burns flips on TIF cash

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Ald. Will Burns (4th) voted last Wednesday to discharge from City Council an ordinance he co-sponsored last July. The legislation would have redistributed undesignated funds from city Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts with 2012 revenues of more than $1 million to the municipality, for possible use on Chicago(…)

Hyde Parkers hope to restore sculptor’s memorial

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Chicago-area preservationists are raising funds to restore the resting spot of the sculptor who designed the entrance to St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, 5472 S. Kimbark Ave. Ravenswood-based group Preservation Chicago is seeking to restore the Park Ridge, Ill. Georgia Guard Memorial, where sculptor Alfonso Iannelli(…)

Latke Hamantash Debate

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The 67th annual Latke-Hamantash Debate will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday November 26, at Mandel Hall, Reynold’s Club, 1131 E. 57th St. The annual debate between the superiority of the latke, a potato pancake traditionally eaten during Hanukkah, and the hamantash, a jam-filled cookie traditionally eaten during Purim, has(…)

University of Chicago buys Harper Court

University of Chicago buys Harper Court

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago purchased the newly-opened, retail complex and 12-story office tower Harper Court. “The University’s contract with Harper Court Partners allowed for the University to purchase the property, including Phase II, for approximately $98 million,” said Calmetta Coleman, director of communications for Civic Engagement at the U. of(…)

Harper Court celebrated

Harper Court celebrated

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Above photo: Left to right: Anthony Beach (General Manager, Hyatt Chicago-South / University), David Cocagne (President and CEO, Vermilion Development Corporation), Robert J. Zimmer (President, University of Chicago), Ald. Will Burns (4th), Rahm Emanuel (Mayor, City of Chicago), and Andrew J. Mooney (Commissioner, Department Housing and Economic Development, City of Chicago)(…)

La Rabida honors Hyde Parkers

La Rabida honors Hyde Parkers

La Rabida Children’s Hospital, 6501 S. Promontory Drive, honored two Hyde Parkers last Friday for their support of the pediatric specialty care institution. Drs. Cheryl and Eric Whitaker received a joint community leadership award at the annual gala for the hospital, which took place at the Four Seasons Hotel. “We are very excited to honor(…)

UCPD committee seeks input

UCPD committee seeks input

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Ad Hoc Faculty Committee on Dissent and Protest is accepting ideas and recommendations from the public. The Committee was formed in response to the University of Chicago Police Department’s actions to a nonviolent protest at the then-vacant Center for Care and Discovery. In January, students, neighborhood(…)

City Hyde Park progresses

City Hyde Park progresses

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Committee on the Transportation and the Public Way approved Silliman Group’s request for permits to install planters, tree grates, sheetings and tiebacks at the former Village Shopping Center. Silliman, the financial arm of MAC Property Management, applied for permits to install eight planters, eight tree grates, two construction(…)