Kwame Raoul pushes SB 1304 through Illinois General Assembly

By SAM RAPPAORT Staff Writer On May 30, the Illinois General Assembly passed a bill aimed at improving the relations between police officers and the communities they serve. The law enforcement reform package, Senate Bill 1304, will have a major impact on the operations of Chicago police departments. Hyde Park politicians were instrumental in moving(…)

Ray and Shoesmith elementary schools prepare for student transitions

Ray and Shoesmith elementary schools prepare for student transitions

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer As Ray and Shoesmith elementary schools prepare for a third transition of students from 6th to 7th grade, the school’s leaders have learned from the difficulties of past years and are putting preliminary plans in place to create a smooth transition. Sabrina Gates, principal at Shoesmith, 1330 E. 50th(…)

A sister’s love launches show

A sister’s love launches show

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer There are two things that mean a lot to Akiba Schechter Jewish Day School student Shaina Grossman: her 8-year-old brother Spencer and dance. When it came time to choose her good deed project, which is a part of her upcoming Bat Mitvah, the 12-year-old chose to use her two(…)

Delivery service, DoorDash, expands into Hyde Park

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer A new Palo Alto-based tech company specializing in food delivery is expanding into the Hyde Park community. DoorDash, a two-year-old Sequoia-backed company headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., uses advanced technology to optimize the delivery process. Starting Monday, June 22, DoorDash is bringing their restaurant delivery service to the South Side,(…)

Chicago teachers rally, highlight union needs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Thousands of teachers gathered for a Chicago Teachers Union-led rally on June 9 downtown at the Thompson Center for what they called a Rally for A Just Chicago and Fair Contract. Hyde Park has been affected by school closings and other actions just as the other schools in the(…)

Hyde Parkers get real estate savvy

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Understanding the real estate investing market can be overwhelming and challenging for many people who want to dive into this potentially lucrative field. In the heyday before the recession, average investors could dive into the real estate investing market with little upfront capital and rehab properties that they could turn(…)

South Siders rally against gun violence at Hadiya Pendleton commemoration

South Siders rally against gun violence at Hadiya Pendleton commemoration

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Community members and activists gathered in Harold Washington Park, Wednesday, June 3, to commemorate Hadiya Pendleton on what would have been her 18th birthday. Pendleton’s life was cut short, January 29, 2013, when shots were fired into a group of King College Preparatory students taking cover from the rain in(…)

Trauma center activists occupy University of Chicago administration building

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At approximately 5 p.m. on June 3, students and South Side activists staged a sit-in at the University of Chicago’s main administration building, 5801 S. Ellis Ave. Representatives from Students for Health Equity and Fearless Leading by the Youth (FLY) led a rally outside of the administration building while a group(…)

Chamber of commerce highlights Hyde Park resources with Third Thursday

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Informing and networking was the agenda at the Third Thursday hosted by the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce last week. It was a full house, as people mingled and passed out business cards at Citibank University of Chicago Campus branch, 5820 S. Ellis Ave. Wallace Goode Jr., the executive director(…)

Vegan cooking entering your Hyde Park home

Vegan cooking entering your Hyde Park home

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Paulette Marshall is one of Hyde Park’s small business owners who, with the help of Bonne Sante Health Food Store, 1512 E. 53rd St., has been able to make her dream of selling her vegan product line a reality. Marshall, a native Chicagoan who was raised overseas in Jerusalem, infuses(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society celebrates youth

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society will celebrate students whose projects on the history of Hyde Park won awards at this year’s History Fair competitions Saturday at its annual History Fair program. Logan Young, a student at the University of Chicago Laboratory School, will receive the Hyde Park Historical Society’s(…)

Three proposals in play to resuscitate beleaguered South Side high school

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer For the past several months, Charles Campbell, current principal of Dyett High School; The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett, which includes members of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, and Little Black Pearl, which currently operates a Chicago Public Schools contract school for students who are at risk of or already(…)

South Shore sees most of 5th Ward’s 2014 menu money

South Shore sees most of 5th Ward’s 2014 menu money

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Most of the 5th Ward’s 2014 menu money was allocated to South Shore, according to a public document published online. The document contains a list of each ward’s 2014 menu money allocations as of March 11, 2015, according to a city official consulted by the Herald. Each year, every alderman(…)

Herman Cohn: businessman and much more

Herman Cohn: businessman and much more

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Passers by may have spotted Herman Cohn on any Thursday afternoon savoring his favorite dish, chicken pot pie, at Valois Restaurant, 1518 E. 53rd St. Joined on occasion by some of the city’s esteemed politicians, business people and, of course, our President, Herman Cohn has been a regular at this(…)

Midway Park advisory council officials elected

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer After two failed attempts, a meeting held at Midway Plaisance, on Wednesday, May 27, saw the election of officials for a Midway Park Advisory Council (PAC). Bronwyn Nichols-Lodato was named president, Don McGruder was named vice president and Radiah Smith-Donald was assigned treasurer. Bylaws were discussed, voted on and submitted,(…)

LGBTQ exhibit at Regenstein Library

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new exhibit shows the University of Chicago and Hyde Park have long been home to a sometimes visible, sometimes closeted LGBTQ community. Curated by U. of C. Ph.D. candidate Lauren Stokes and alum Monica Mercado, “Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles” takes place through June 12 in the Special Collections Research(…)