Holiday concert at Hyde Park Union Church

Holiday concert at Hyde Park Union Church

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Union Church is hosting a free holiday concert this weekend. Hyde Park’s Le Cantanti Di Chicago women’s choir, led by Dhilanthi Fernando will perform at the concert, which will begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20 at the Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave.(…)

Teachers vote yes to authorize a strike

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After a three-day voting period across all Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) voted to authorize a strike if needed in the upcoming future. Ninety six percent of the CTU’s voting members voted “yes” to authorize a strike. Overall, 88 percent of the CTU membership voted in(…)

Holiday market at the Promontory this weekend

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Dozens of South Side food producers and crafters will gather at the Promontory Restaurant, 5311 S. Lake Park, this Sunday, Dec. 20, for the Holiday Edition of the Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar and Farmers Market. The event, which will take place from 11a.m.-4p.m. in the lounge on the Promontory’s(…)

Chicago Urban League hosts forum on police

Chicago Urban League hosts forum on police

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Legal scholars and activists convened at the Chicago Urban League, 4510 S. Michigan, Wednesday evening, to discuss the state of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and possible means of reform. The discussion, titled “Truth and Justice for All: Advancing Police and Community Accountability,” consisted of seven panelists, including University of(…)

Hunger strikers reflect, talk about next steps

Hunger strikers reflect, talk about next steps

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Advocates of the #Fight for Dyett campaign have been quiet since the 34-day hunger strike this summer, but the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett has been reflecting on the experience and planning its next steps. During a panel discussion, Thursday, at the University of Chicago building in Harper Court, 5235 S.(…)

Boutique hotel follow up meeting

A follow up meeting regarding the proposal for a boutique hotel on the southeast corner of 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15 at the Hyatt, 5225 S. Harper Ave. Free parking is available in the Harper Court garage.

How Hyde Parkers shop

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park has a unique shopping scene with small-owned businesses and strategically revolving developments that make up its retail culture. The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce hosted an education seminar this afternoon to help local business owners understand the Hyde Park shopping experience. During the seminar, which took place at(…)

Chicago medical students stage protest, call for Emanuel’s resignation

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Thursday morning, medical students from the University of Chicago and Rush University as well as Chicago area nurses and physicians staged a “die-in” in Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., to protest the city’s police violence, which, demonstration organizers said, constitutes a public health crises. Medical students who participated(…)

Boutique hotel follow up meeting

A follow up meeting regarding the proposal for a boutique hotel on the southeast corner of 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15 at the Hyatt, 5225 S. Harper Ave. Free parking will be available.

UCPD intruder workshop

The University of Chicago Police Department is hosting a workshop on how to deal with a violent intruder.  The workshop will take place from 11 a.m. – noon Monday, December 14 at the Harper Court offices, 5235 S. Harper Ave. At the conclusion of the workshop the UCPS will open the meeting up to address(…)

Local activists: McCarthy’s resignation “not enough”

Local activists: McCarthy’s resignation “not enough”

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Following Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy’s resignation last Tuesday, Dec. 1, Hyde Park activists and politicians are calling for sweeping reforms of the Chicago Police Department (CPD). On Sunday, Dec. 6, Everloyce McCullough, a member of Mothers Against Senseless Killings (M.A.S.K.), stood in Bixler Park at 57th and Kenwood recruiting local(…)

Travis’ run for Springfield

Travis’ run for Springfield

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer It was a close race in the 2014 election for the 26th District State Representative. State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) beat candidate Jay Travis by less than 6 percent. For the 2016 race, Travis is continuing her fight to Springfield. “We were able to build a racially diverse, multi-generational community(…)

Mitchell focuses on results

Mitchell focuses on results

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) is in the midst of his 2016 campaign. For this time around against candidate Jay Travis, Mitchell is emphasizing the results he has made in Springfield. “I think the major theme of this campaign is not just who is going to be an effective progressive,(…)

Aldermen confront community outrage at joint town hall meeting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A cohort of eleven aldermen including Ald. Will Burns (4th) and Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) faced the vehement criticism of their constituents last night at a joint town hall meeting held at Liberty Baptist Church, 4849 S. King Dr. WVON radio host Matt McGill moderated the evening’s discussion, which, at(…)

Where to donate in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Tis the season to give…and to give back. In the midst of holiday shopping and spending, put aside some time to visit the various locations in Hyde Park accepting donated items. The Silver Room, 1506 E. 53rd St., is asking for donations of hygiene and personal care products. From now(…)

Gun threat against U. of C resolved

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Monday, Nov. 30, Jabari Dean, a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, was arrested and charged with making a threat in interstate commerce after FBI officials tracked him to a comment posted online that detailed plans to execute “16 white male students and or staff” at the University(…)