4th Ward has spent $155M on TIF projects, according to workshop co-hosted by Bolden campaign

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Investigative non-profit CivicLab hosted a presentation on TIF funds co-sponsored by 4th Ward aldermanic candidate Norman Bolden last Thursday. At the presentation next door to Bolden’s campaign office, at 1013 E. 43rd St., CivicLab leader Tom Tresser gave a breakdown of how the Tax Increment Finance (TIF) program spends money(…)

Harold Washington Park Advisory Council cancels first 2015 workday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Harold Washington Park Advisory Council has canceled its first workday of the new year due to weather. The workday was originally planned to take place at 8 a.m. tomorrow and include a survey of the park, a meeting with dog walkers and a discussion on bringing a new garden,(…)

How to vote in Chicago’s 2015 elections

Residents of the 4th and 5th wards will have plenty of opportunities to participate in the city’s upcoming municipal election. Feb. 21 is the last day for first-time voters to register. All registrants must bring two forms of identification (driver’s license, state ID, passport and utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck stub or a(…)

Opponents give Hairston “D”s, “F” on leadership at Apostolic Church forum

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer All 5th Ward candidates except Ald. Leslie Hairston showed up for a forum Tuesday night at Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester Ave. Hairston announced her decision to skip the forum late Tuesday afternoon, citing concerns that a question asking opponents to rate the current alderman gave her no(…)

Hare says Ald. Hairston could face runoff against her or Miles

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Fifth Ward candidate Jocelyn Hare said she thinks a run-off could happen, and if it does she expects incumbent Ald. Leslie Hairston to face either her or Anne Marie Miles. “If it goes to a run-off I think it’ll be 50-50 me and Anne Marie,” she said at a private campaign(…)

A year later, Jay Travis supporters band together to support Garcia, Bolden

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new political action committee that grew out of Jay Travis’ primary bid last year for state representative is playing a role in this year’s municipal elections. Founded last December, People United for Action (PUA) has made its first ever political endorsements: mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia and 4th Ward hopeful(…)

Opponent asks if Ald. Burns’ work for public affairs firm ASGK is a conflict of interest

Opponent asks if Ald. Burns’ work for public affairs firm ASGK is a conflict of interest

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL and DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writers Fourth Ward candidate Norman Bolden is asking whether Ald. Will Burns’ work with a Chicago public affairs firm represents a conflict of interest. Bolden stood with about a dozen supporters on the northwest corner of Harper Avenue and 53rd Street Tuesday morning to call for an(…)

Ald. Leslie Hairston skips aldermanic forum at Apostolic Church, asks for change to format

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Citing concerns over an unfair format, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) decided to skip yesterday’s aldermanic forum hosted by Rev. Byron Brazier’s Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester Ave. The forum’s format – which allowed candidates to prepare responses to a series of questions – included a section asking challengers(…)

Antheus may add hotel to Solstice tower project at 56th Street: developers

Antheus may add hotel to Solstice tower project at 56th Street: developers

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL and DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writers Hyde Park could get another hotel. The 24-story Solstice on the Park building planned for 5540 S. Cornell Ave. could include a hotel as well as apartments, according to representatives of Antheus Capital. The group visited the Jackson Park Advisory Council meeting Monday night and hosted(…)

Incumbent aldermen dominate fundraising in races for 4th, 5th wards

Incumbent aldermen dominate fundraising in races for 4th, 5th wards

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Aldermanic candidates have raised more than $300,000 in the race for the 4th and 5th wards, with incumbents raking in the vast majority of funds. Illinois State Board of Elections records reveal that in the time period since challengers have begun raising money, Alds. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) and Will Burns’(…)

Trauma advocacy program at Hyde Park Union Church receives part of $2M grant

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago’s Citizens for Change program, which is located at Hyde Park Union Church, received part of a $2 million grant awarded to the Chicago Department of Public Health to help families dealing with youth violence. Susan Johnson resigned from her role as pastor at the church to do(…)

Chicago Park District approves Obama Library land transfer

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Park District Board voted unanimously Wednesday to transfer 20 acres of land from either Jackson or Washington Park if Barack Obama chooses either place for his presidential library. The University of Chicago proposed using more than 20 acres from either park as a location for the Barack Obama(…)

Mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia weighs in on Hyde Park issues

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Mayoral candidate Jesus Chuy Garcia is trying to woo voters across the city disappointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, including in Hyde Park. The Cook County commissioner’s take on the neighborhood — including an emphasis of the impacts of gentrification and opposition to using parkland for the Obama Library — has(…)

University of Chicago students to mourn for Chapel Hill shooting victims

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer University of Chicago students will hold an hour-long rally this evening to mourn the Tuesday shooting of three young Muslim Americans in Chapel Hill, N.C. The event, organized via Facebook by four undergraduate students, will begin at 6 p.m. in the campus quadrangle on the 5600 block of University Avenue(…)

Folk Festival returning to University of Chicago campus

Folk Festival returning to University of Chicago campus

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The 55th University of Chicago Folk Festival hopes to attract fans from every corner of its musical genre with this year’s lineup. “This year’s theme is balancing between a bunch of different crowds,” said Chris Kyriazis, president of the Folk Festival. “There are people who come to see virtuosos but(…)

Fourth Ward aldermanic candidates grilled by residents at Hyde Park condo

Fourth Ward aldermanic candidates grilled by residents at Hyde Park condo

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Fourth Ward candidates sparred on all things local at a forum last Monday in the lobby of the Newport Condominiums, 4800 S. Chicago Beach Drive. The resident relations committee of the condo association at the Newport, which is its own precinct, organized the forum. Newport resident Al Randall moderated the(…)