Jesus “Chuy” Garcia voices opposition to placing Obama library in Washington Park

Jesus “Chuy” Garcia voices opposition to placing Obama library in Washington Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia said he does not support using public land in Washington Park for the Obama Library. In a statement released Tuesday, Garcia, a former alderman and current commissioner on the Cook County Board, said he opposes granting 20 acres of parkland for the Obama Library and(…)

Chicago Teachers Union makes endorsement in 5th Ward, passes on 4th

The Chicago Teachers Union is endorsing 24 candidates in this year’s municipal election — including a local alderman. The union on Tuesday endorsed mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and aldermanic candidates in 23 wards, including Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th). The union endorsed no candidate in the 4th Ward, where Ald. Will Burns is being challenged by(…)

Education organizers, KOCO mark MLK Day with call for elected board, sustainable schools

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Grassroots Education Movement held a rally Monday at Rainbow PUSH’s headquarters in Hyde Park, demanding an elected representative school board and 50 sustainable community schools. The Grassroots Education Movement (GEM) – which consists of more than 20 community and labor organizations including the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) and(…)

Final list of candidates approved for 4th, 5th wards

Eight candidates will appear on the ballot for 4th and 5th ward alderman this February. The candidates for 4th Ward alderman will be incumbent Will Burns, Tracey Bey and Norman Bolden. The candidates for 5th Ward alderman will be incumbent Leslie Hairston, Tiffany Brooks, Jedidiah Brown, Robin Boyd Clark, Jocelyn Hare and Anne Marie Miles.(…)

Hyde Park man reported missing

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer   A Hyde Park man has been missing since Thursday morning. Arsene Boykin, 93, was last seen taking his car for emissions testing between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15. He never returned to his home on the 5600 block of South Harper Street. Boykin suffers from signs(…)

After 55 years on 57th Street, a shoe repair shop prepares to close

After 55 years on 57th Street, a shoe repair shop prepares to close

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer After more than half a century in the neighborhood, Hyde Park Shoe Rebuilder, 1451 E. 57th St., will close later this month. Owner Constandinos “Gus” Lukis, who throughout the years could be found sitting on the concrete stump outside his store, has been diagnosed with Alzheimers, according to son Jim(…)

Support, some concerns, voiced for Obama Library at Washington Park meeting

Support, some concerns, voiced for Obama Library at Washington Park meeting

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer So many people filled the Washington Park fieldhouse Wednesday afternoon that park district officials turned people away briefly before opening up more overflow rooms. Chicago Park District board members gave the public a second opportunity to discuss potentially placing the Obama Presidential Library inside Washington Park. The first hearing drew more than(…)

Yoko Ono partners with Chicago non-profit Project 120 to reimagine Jackson Park

Yoko Ono partners with Chicago non-profit Project 120 to reimagine Jackson Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Yoko Ono is consulting on designs for a new landscape in Jackson Park. The project is part of Chicago non-profit Project 120′s sweeping vision for Jackson Park that includes a multi-million dollar visitor’s center and an updated framework plan inspired by Frederick Olmsted’s 1895 designs for the park. Project 120,(…)