Locals hear details on cost to restore two homes at risk

Locals hear details on cost to restore two homes at risk

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer To restore the decaying Frank Lloyd Wright houses at the center of a controversy in South Kenwood will take between $4 and $5 million, in addition to their purchase prices. The Blossom and McArthur houses have languished on the real estate market since fall of 2012. The McArthur house, 4852(…)

Mitchell ready for March opponent

Mitchell ready for March opponent

By JEFRREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Illinois’ youngest state legislator, state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26), will face off in next March’s state primary with former Kenwood Oakland Community Organization Executive Director Jay Travis. But the 27-year-old incumbent — who is seeking a second term to represent the district including parts of Hyde Park, Kenwood, downtown and(…)

Time to represent schools

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has released its annual announcement inviting parents, teachers and community members to consider running for a spot on the local school council (LSC). The school district is also looking for election judges. The deadline to file candidate nomination forms for the 2014 LSC Election is(…)

K.A.M.’s food justice weekend returns in January

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The fifth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend at KAM Isaiah Israel will take place Jan. 17 to Jan. 19. The keynote address will be provided by Martha C. Nussbaum, who will speak on “The New Frontiers of Justice: Beyond the Social Contract” at the temple’s(…)

Steep price tag for repair of historic Kenwood mansions

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer To restore the decaying Frank Lloyd Wright houses at the center of a controversy in South Kenwood will take between $4 and $5 million, in addition to their purchase prices. The Blossom and McArthur houses have languished on the real estate market since fall of 2012. The McArthur house, 4852(…)

UPDATE – Found: Hyde Parker Herman Moore, 85

UPDATE Hyde Parker Herman Moore, 85, has been found safe and unharmed, Chicago Police News Affairs said. Herman Moore, 85, of the 5300 block of South Harper Avenue was found in good condition. He had been missing since Dec. 6, when he was last seen by his family.   By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde(…)

Jay Travis eyes Springfield

Jay Travis eyes Springfield

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer As a young girl growing up in Bronzeville, Jay Travis heard stories of her grandmother standing up to slumlords in the 1950s and ’60s and witnessed her father’s involvement with several civil rights movements. She said seeing the positive effects of people who used their own power to stand(…)

Village demolition paves way for City Hyde Park

Village demolition paves way for City Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Demolition started last week on the former Village Shopping Center. The dilapidated buildings are being torn down to make way for a Jeanne Gang-designed retail and residential tower, with upscale grocer Whole Foods as the anchor tenant. Demolition is expected to conclude in mid-February of 2014. The new tower, named(…)