What The Traveler Saw to close in June

What The Traveler Saw to close in June

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer What the Traveler Saw will be closing at the end of June. The international goods store has been a popular in the neighborhood since it opened 10 years ago. Owner Laurel Stratford said she would be closing the brick-and-mortar store, 1508 E. 55th St., but not the business. “I’ve put(…)

Reporter Jamie Kalven prevails in legal battle with police

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A local reporter and nonprofit leader recently won a key legal battle over police transparency in the Illinois Court of Appeals. Kalven v. Chicago Police Department was settled Monday, March 14, years after after Jamie Kalven, founder of the not-for-profit journalist collective Invisible Institute, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., filed suit.(…)

Seeking new status, U. of C. police make changes

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department is making changes that create greater transparency and that would hold it to standards set by a law enforcement accreditation agency. UCPD will host a public forum as part of the process to becoming an accredited law enforcement agency. A public information forum will(…)

Hyde Park’s permission wall, once haven for local artists, destroyed for Vue53 site

Hyde Park’s permission wall, once haven for local artists, destroyed for Vue53 site

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A wall where graffiti artists had painted freely for more than 20 years was demolished Friday to make way for a 155-foot tall mixed-use building. The Hyde Park graffiti wall was the last “permission wall” on the South Side. Artists and graffiti writers were able to hone their talents along(…)

26th District challenger Jay Travis has not conceded to Christian Mitchell, seeks information from Chicago Board of Elections

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Jay Travis is still contesting Christian Mitchell’s victory in the race for Illinois’ 26th District House seat. “For now, I have not conceded,” Travis said Thursday afternoon. Travis said she presented the Chicago Board of Elections with a letter on behalf of her campaign Wednesday to document complaints of voting(…)

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MAC Properties demolishes three historic greystones on Harper Avenue to make way for a parking lot.

Christian Mitchell ekes out 26th District win against Jay Travis

Christian Mitchell ekes out 26th District win against Jay Travis

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS and JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writers State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) won with a slim lead over challenger Jay Travis in Tuesday’s election. Mitchell and a group of more than 50 supporters — including Ald. Will Burns, state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-16) and Sen. Dick Durbin — convened Tuesday night to watch(…)

Barack Obama Foundation releases request for qualifications for presidential library

The Barack Obama Foundation released a request for qualifications for the planned Obama presidential library Thursday afternoon. The document asks institutions across the country seeking to host the president’s library how their proposal will satisfy the library’s “guiding principles.” It also asks for details on a proposed facility’s site, accessibility and community “to demonstrate a(…)