Public meetings on Obama library coming up next week

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Next week Hyde Park will have three public meetings to solicit input on using public parkland for the Obama Presidential Library. The first, but unofficial, meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday at the Jackson Park Fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. The Jackson Park Advisory Council will meet with representatives(…)

U. of C. unfazed by reports that Chicago Obama library bid in jeopardy

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago released a statement last Wednesday after an unnamed source told news outlets that Chicago’s bids for the Obama Presidential Library could be on the chopping block. “The University of Chicago is leading a strong, collaborative South Side bid designed to create exciting opportunities for the Barack(…)

Gov. Pat Quinn signs Sen. Kwame Raoul’s police recording bill into law

Gov. Pat Quinn signs Sen. Kwame Raoul’s police recording bill into law

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Legislation allowing public recording, including of police officers performing their duty, was signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn last week. State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) led the committee that drafted the legislation. Earlier this year the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state’s previous eavesdropping law because it was(…)

Veteran campaigner Norman Bolden seeks to unseat Alderman Will Burns

Veteran campaigner Norman Bolden seeks to unseat Alderman Will Burns

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Entrepreneur Norman Bolden is running again for 4th Ward Alderman. Bolden, who will appear on next February’s ballot, challenged former 4th Ward alderman Toni Preckwinkle in 2003 and 2007 and ran against Ald. Will Burns (4th) in 2011. He is the owner of Norman’s Bistro, 1001 E. 43rd St., and(…)

U. of C. Medical Center seeking to move and expand ER

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Medical Center wants to spend $36 million upgrading and relocating its adult emergency room. Last month UCMC applied to the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board to put an emergency department next to its Center for Care and Discovery, 5700 S. Ellis Ave. In 2013(…)

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. to deliver keynote MLK address at University of Chicago

Longtime civil rights leader Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. will deliver the keynote address at the University of Chicago’s 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15, in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. Jackson worked with King during the 1960s directing Operation Breadbasket, a program committed to(…)

Parks were big part of 2014 scene

Parks were big part of 2014 scene

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL and LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writers No little plans were made for the neighborhood’s parks this year, least of all for Jackson Park, which was the focus of attention from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, advocacy groups, wealthy donors and community residents. Jackson Park gets restored — and then some Last January,(…)

Pols in spotlight on local 2014 events

Pols in spotlight on local 2014 events

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer From pensions to the minimum wage and aldermanic menu money, to a contentious race for state representative, politics were inescapable in Hyde Park in 2014. Mitchell vs. Travis The year kicked off with a heated primary race between state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) and Bronzeville activist Jay Travis, former executive(…)