Howard Brookins takes on challenge for 1st District

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The race for 1st Congressional District has brought out two Republican and three Democratic candidates to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1). Ald. Howard Brookins (21st) is a part of that race to change up the congressional leadership. Brookins has seen the challenges that the 1st District faces head(…)

CPD chief search continues

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Friday, Jan. 15, marked the last day that the Chicago Police Board accepted applications for the position of Chicago Police Department (CPD) Superintendent. The Police Board, the quasi-judicial, civilian group responsible for investigating police misconduct, is spearheading the search for a new chief of police and will provide Mayor Rahm(…)

Treasure Island pipe burst

Treasure Island pipe burst

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Pedestrian and car traffic near Treasure Island Foods was rerouted today due to a burst pipe in the grocery store. The burst happened in a small room on the northeast side of the store, according to a representative from Treasure Island Foods, 1526 E. 55th St. Water flowed into the(…)

National Trust supports Christ the King in church preservation efforts

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In the ongoing effort to restore its former home, the structurally damaged church building at 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave., the congregation of Shrine of Christ the King has acquired the support of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The National Trust, a non-profit organization focusing on the preservation of historic(…)

SHoP benefit concert

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Southside Hub of Production (SHoP) will host a benefit concert this Friday with proceeds going back to the community-centered project. For $20, guests will be able to enjoy DJ King Dahomey and experimental jazz artist Ayana Contreras. Adam Zolini and Dan Godston will also perform. The event will take(…)

Anti-Violence organization finds support in Hyde Park

Anti-Violence organization finds support in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The South Side anti-violence organization Mother’s Against Senseless Killings (M.A.S.K.) celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. day by inviting children from across Chicago to dialogue with each other on issues of social justice. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 18, M.A.S.K. organizers working out of KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde(…)

Art from behind bars

Art from behind bars

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) is showcasing work from behind prison bars at its latest exhibit, “Weight of Rage.” The “Weight of Rage” features poetry, paintings, sketches, stories and more of the incarcerated at Stateville Prison in Crest Hill, Ill. The exhibit officially kicked off on Saturday at an(…)

53rd St. Chase Bank robbery

53rd St. Chase Bank robbery

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Police Department is investigating a robbery that happened at Chase Bank, 1204 E. 53rd St., Wednesday evening. According to Chicago Police, on Jan. 13, at about 5:55 p.m. a Black male in his 20s wearing a gray jacket entered the bank and announced the robbery while implying that(…)

A look inside City Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers have seen the 15-story City Hyde Park building being built from the ground up, but a look inside the geometrically inspired building isn’t all that it seems from the outside. Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects designed the building at 5105 S. Harper Ave., which has 180 units.(…)

Murray principal to be retained

Murray principal to be retained

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A unanimous vote of nine to zero resulted in the retaining of Murray Elementary School principal, Gregory Mason, at Wednesday night’s Local School Council (LSC) meeting. The open meeting began at 5:30 p.m. at Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., where 10 people spoke on Mason’s accomplishments and handling of the(…)

Haitian artist’s work on display at Blackstone Library

Haitian artist’s work on display at Blackstone Library

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Jean Yves Hector, 20, is a painter from Camp-Perrin, Haiti. For the past six months, Hector has lived in Hyde Park through a residency program with the Haitian American Museum of Chicago (HAMOC),4654 N. Racine Ave. Twelve pieces of Hector’s work have recently gone on display in the Main Adult(…)

Meeting on Sunday brainstorms how to halt demolition of Woodlawn Church

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Coalition to Save The Institute of Christ the King Church, a newly formed group fighting for the preservation of the historic but severely fire-damaged church building at 6401 S. Woodlawn, will host a meeting this Sunday, Jan. 17, to dialogue with community members on how to combat the structure’s(…)

Winners announced for annual HPHS dinner

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The winners of the Hyde Park Historical Society’s (HPHS) esteemed awards have been announced. The awards will be presented at the annual HPHS dinner on Feb. 27. The 2016 Paul Cornell award goes to Almarie Wagner and Judith Stein for their continued work with the Hyde Park Jazz Society. The(…)

Chicago After Laquan McDonald

Chicago After Laquan McDonald

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Scholars, politicians, journalists and law enforcement professionals have, over recent months, debated, in public forums throughout the city, the most effective ways of manufacturing trust between residents of Chicago’s most neglected neighborhoods and the Chicago Police Department (CPD), which is currently embroiled in a crisis of public relations following multiple,(…)

Supporters speak out at Brutus kick-off campaign

Supporters speak out at Brutus kick-off campaign

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Patrick Brutus’ kick-off campaign event brought out supporters and volunteers to back him up on his candidacy for the U.S. Representative of the 1st Congressional District in Illinois. Even though his candidacy has been announced since Nov. 30, Brutus and his supporters celebrated a kick-off event on Jan. 7 at(…)

Laughs abound at The Revival on opening week

Laughs abound at The Revival on opening week

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer You can expect the unexpected at The Revival, but that’s of course in part due to the improv comedy shows four nights a week at Hyde Park’s new comedy theater. The thing about comedy is, sometimes the jokes are told over and over again. We’ve all heard the same joke(…)

Local artist explores new creativity in art show

Local artist explores new creativity in art show

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer As Robert Borja sat in his living room in Hyde Park surrounded by dozens of his paintings hanging and explaining their various meanings, you could guess that he has a passion for painting, but you would not guess that up until recently, he never explored this passion. “I wanted to(…)

Principal quality program

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A new non-profit organization has been announced by the Principal Quality Working Group to assist in the training and support of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) principals. The Principal Quality Working Group (PQWG) is a group of various members from educational institutions and was created by CPS to take a look(…)

Historic Church inches closer to demolition

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer About 70 people crowded into room 201A of City Hall, on Thursday, Jan. 7, to plead with the Commission on Chicago Landmarks to block the pending demolition of an historic Woodlawn church that erupted in flames on Oct. 7, 2015. The Commission on Chicago Landmarks is made-up of nine members(…)

Hyde Park pair to create orchestra in Indonesia

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Two acclaimed Hyde Park musicians, who also happen to be neighbors, have teamed up to start a world-class orchestra in the city of Bandung, Indonesia. Conductor Robert Nordling and violinist Michael Hall, artists who have both traveled the world to display their craft, live in the same building in the(…)