Jay Travis heading Karen Lewis’ mayoral exploratory committee

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Bronzeville resident Jay Travis, who challenged state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) in the Democratic primary earlier this year, has signed on as coordinator for CTU President Karen Lewis’ mayoral exploratory committee. Travis, who began serving in the new role three weeks ago, says hundreds have reached out to volunteer. “We’ve(…)

USDA: Harold Washington Park birds likely killed by toxins

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Toxins in the water likely led to the deaths of more than a dozen birds at the model yacht basin at Harold Washington Park, according to a biologist from the USDA, which has been investigating the matter. The 18 mallard carcasses the USDA collected earlier this month were too degraded(…)

Police issue alert regarding burglaries

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police Department issued a warning Wednesday about a string of burglaries in Hyde Park. In August and September the burglars entered through the rear of the building during the day. Burglaries were reported on the 5200 block of South Ingleside Avenue on the morning of August 25, the 900(…)

Alderman Will Burns launches re-election campaign

Alderman Will Burns launches re-election campaign

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) officially launched his re-election campaign Friday at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, 4900 S. Lake Shore Dr. Cook County Board President — and former 4th Ward Alderman — Toni Preckwinkle gave Burns her endorsement, saying “as senior members of the party we have to help those(…)

Ray Elementary introduces 13 candidates for principal in dramatic new approach

Ray Elementary introduces 13 candidates for principal in dramatic new approach

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Keeping with its goal to have a transparent principal selection process, the Ray Elementary School local school council held an unprecedented principal candidate forum Thursday evening. All of the candidates interested in the school were invited to the forum to speak to the Ray community. “We’ve been working since(…)

Army Corps of Engineers reveals details on plan to poison Jackson Park lagoon

Army Corps of Engineers reveals details on plan to poison Jackson Park lagoon

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has revealed new details about its plan to poison the Jackson Park lagoon and replace its entire stock of fish. As part of a $5- to $10-million federally funded, 139-acre restoration project to restore native habitats at Jackson Park, the USACE will kill(…)

South Shore pastor makes bid for 5th Ward alderman

South Shore pastor makes bid for 5th Ward alderman

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The path to becoming Fifth Ward alderman may be an uphill one for first-time candidate Jedidah Brown, but the South Shore resident is eager to plunge into politics after years as a community activist and pastor. Brown is the president of the Young Leaders Alliance, a community service non-profit, and(…)

U. of C. is finalist for Obama Presidential Library site

U. of C. is finalist for Obama Presidential Library site

The University of Chicago is one of four final contenders to host the Obama Presidential Library. The foundation announced Monday that the U. of C., the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University in New York City and the University of Hawaii are the finalists. The four universities will submit a formal proposal that includes(…)