Voters Approve Transportation Amendment

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The final results are in. Voters across the nation and city have spoken. An important measure that will alter the State Constitution has been approved by voters. The Lockbox Amendment (Safe Roads Amendment) gained bipartisan support from lawmakers and advocacy groups; not all were behind it. The Center for Municipal(…)

Voters say yes to earned sick time

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Yesterday, a nonbinding referendum was placed on the ballot for voter consideration, and it was approved overwhelmingly by voters in Hyde Park and Cook County. Earned sick time leave, if enacted as a policy, will allow Illinois workers to receive up to 40 hours per year of sick time. In(…)

Rowdy Halloween night results in damage

Rowdy Halloween night results in damage

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Last week’s “Halloween Purge” on Monday, Oct. 31, resulted in arrests, damaged vehicles and mobs of young people taking over the streets of Hyde Park. According to the Chicago Police Department (CPD), 10 juvenile arrests were made on Halloween night, including three (two females and one male) for disorderly conduct,(…)

Target opens in Hyde Park

Target opens in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Target had its official grand opening on Sunday, Nov. 6, after a soft opening last week. After an announcement in March that a Target would be the core retailer of the Vue53 development, 1330 E. 53rd St., the Target Corporation held two hiring events at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015(…)

The storytellers of Tellabration

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Over 40 storytellers will perform at this year’s 20th Annual Tellabration on Sunday, Nov. 20. The storytellers range from seasoned professionals to those just starting out but every teller will bring something unique to the show. One of those tellers is 10-year-old Ancona School student, Natasha Friedman. Friedman has been(…)

Kenwood’s track and field in need of improvements

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Freelance Writer In spite of philanthropic efforts from the community, the track and field at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., is in desperate need of renovations. Students, staff and faculty have made multiple reports of damage to the field. “It wasn’t Chicago Public Schools that was responsible for building(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society 2017 Paul Cornell Award Nomination Form

The Hyde Park Historical Society is currently seeking nominations for the 2016 Paul Cornell Award, named after Hyde Park Township’s founder. This award recognizes individuals and organizations whose work exemplify the values and objectives of the Society: recording Hyde Park’s history, preserving Hyde Park artifacts and documents, education, and promoting public interest in Hyde Park(…)

Water hike on horizon for Hyde Park and city

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Residents in Hyde Park and across the city will see an increase on their water and sewage bills within the next year. To offset the water tax hike, some City Council members are suggesting that homeowners join the Meter Save program. The Meter Save program is an already existing program(…)

Church hosts Peace Planter Awards

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Over the weekend, Leon Finney, Jr. celebrated 50 years in community organizing. Though the celebration centered around Finney, his half-century in service and his recent honor by his alma mater the McCormick Theological Seminary, 5460 S. University Ave., as this year’s “Distinguished Alumni,” Finney also took the time to celebrate(…)

CHPV celebrates two year anniversary

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) opened in November 2014 and to commemorate the occasion, its members are hosting a two-year anniversary celebration on Thursday, Nov. 17. The event will take place at the Hyde Park Bank, 1525 E. 53rd St., in the 2nd floor lobby from 5:30 p.m. to(…)

“Where the Wild Things Are” exhibit to open at MSI

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., has a new exhibit opening this Thursday, Nov. 10, that brings a beloved book to life. “Where the Wild Things Are: The Works of Maurice Sendak,” will display 50 original drawings from the author and illustrator of the classic(…)

Voters in 22nd district claim candidate’s name absent from ballot

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Some voters in the 22nd precinct experienced issues this morning as they casted their ballots. Carol Reliford, a Hyde Park Resident, got to her polling place at Beulah Shoesmith Elementary School, 1330 E. 50th Pl., early Tuesday, Nov. 8, just after 6:15 a.m., as she does every election. While she(…)

Broken ballot box at 33rd precinct

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Voters in the 33rd precinct are not able to submit their ballots into the ballot box. This morning, a Facebook user who voted in the area today shared on video that the ballot box at that particular polling place at 6250 S. Harper Ave. was broken. Instead, voters were instructed(…)

Hales Franciscan alum shot in Roseland

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A Hales Franciscan alum was shot dead Saturday night, Nov. 5, in the Roseland neighborhood. 22-year-old, Adama Moye was sitting inside his parked car at 10 p.m. on the 120 block of West 98th Street waiting for a friend. According to Police, “an occupant in a dark-colored vehicle pulled alongside(…)

Target community meeting

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Ald. Sophia King (4th) is hosting a community meeting regarding the new Target, 1330 E. 53rd St., at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9. The meeting will be held at Murray Language Academy, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave. For questions regarding the meeting, contact the 4th Ward office at 773-536-8103. a.matyus@hpherald.com

Election Day information for Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Tomorrow, Nov. 8, is Election Day, and there’s no excuse not to vote with the amount of polling places in Hyde Park. Hyde Parker residents can expect to see the following races on their ballots: -President and Vice President of the United States -U.S. Senator -State Comptroller -State Senator District(…)

Amendment on November ballot could change state constitution

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Although most people across the country will be focused on the presidential race on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, local races hold weight too. An important measure that could alter the State Constitution in Illinois is up for consideration. The proposed measure, the Lockbox Amendment (Safe Roads Amendment) will protect(…)

U. of C. alums create website to help inform voters

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton. Names most voters will recognize on the ballot, but what about those in the race to win District Commissioner for Metropolitan Water Reclamation in your area, or those 72 judges that will likely take up most of the space on an already lengthy ballot? Three University(…)

MSI offers discount for Cubs fans

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer In honor of the Chicago Cubs historic World Series victory on Wednesday, Nov. 2, the Museum of Science and Industry will offer $7 off the general admission price to any visitors wearing Cubs apparel this weekend. Tickets are normally $18 for adults and $11 for children for general entry. The(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society hosts November open house

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS) will hold its monthly open house event this Sunday, Nov. 6, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 5529 S. Lake Park Ave. An exhibit titled “Hyde Park in 1890, from Raschers Atlas,” will be on display. The exhibit includes posters from the 1890(…)