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(…)