Nurses at University of Chicago Medical Center authorize strike

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The 1,500 union nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center voted to authorize a strike last week if bargaining negotiations fail. The members of National Nurses United voted on Thursday to authorize a one-day strike if negotiations with the administration at UCMC do not improve. A strike date has(…)

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference votes for Houston Park playground upgrade

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference voted unanimously last month to request that the City renovate the play equipment at Houston Playground Park, 5001 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Parks Committee co-chair McCurry, who is part of a team surveying local parks for HP-K CC, told the conference the playground is used by(…)

University of Chicago renames dorm after $44M donation from Kenwood resident’s estate

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago recently renamed its South Campus Residence Hall after former Kenwood-resident Renee Granville-Grossman. The residence hall, 6031 S. Ellis Ave., was renamed the Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons. The hall, opened in 2009, is a 331,193-square-foot dormitory that houses 800 students. It is the largest housing complex on(…)

Andrew Patner dead at 55

Former Hyde Parker Andrew Patner, a contributor to WFMT and the Chicago Sun-Times and an award-winning journalist, died unexpectedly at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chicago of a bacterial infection. He was 55. Information on a memorial service will be provided as it is made available.

Alderman Will Burns to attend fundraiser with Mayor Emanuel tonight

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A fundraiser for Ald. Will Burns (4th) with Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been planned for tonight. The event, scheduled to take place this evening between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at River North restaurant Hubbard Inn, is being promoted by Loop-based firm KJD strategies, which specializes in fundraising. Tickets to the(…)

Fourth Ward candidates spar over education, development at Hyde Park forum

Fourth Ward candidates spar over education, development at Hyde Park forum

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer All three 4th Ward candidates — Ald. Will Burns and challengers Tracey Bey and Norman Bolden — attended a forum hosted by the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference on Saturday morning at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The candidates fielded questions from audience members and four moderators: Linda Thisted, co-vice(…)

The U. of C. Revels return this weekend — in a parallel universe

The U. of C. Revels return this weekend — in a parallel universe

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The University of Chicago Revels, a century-long Hyde Park tradition, will return next weekend. This year’s Revels, entitled “Any Resemblance,” was conceived by Andy Austin a former court artist and wife of late U. of C. professor Ted Cohen. She has written the script for ten shows. The show’s title(…)

Comfort Me pop-up boutique moves into permanent home at Hyde Park Shopping Center

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Formerly a pop-up boutique at 5241 S. Harper Ave., Comfort Me has staked a permanent home in the Hyde Park Shopping Center. Last Saturday the store moved into the previous location of longtime boutique What The Traveler Saw, 1508 E. 55th St., where they were invited to relocate by their(…)

Police announce arrest for string of robberies

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A 21-year-old man has been charged in connection with a string of robberies in Hyde Park last fall. Tommy Langston, 21, of the 8000 block of South Blackstone Avenue, was arrested Dec. 9 and charged in connection to three robberies in September and November, Chicago Police News Affairs said. University(…)

Emanuel moves to secure park land for Obama Library

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel will introduce an ordinance to the full City Council that would transfer ownership of the two parks proposed for the Obama Library from the Park District to the City. The mayor’s office confirmed that he will introduce the ordinance at Wednesday’s meeting. The Park District council will look at(…)

Support, some concerns, voiced for Obama Library at pair of public meetings

Support, some concerns, voiced for Obama Library at pair of public meetings

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The forces in support of bringing the Obama Presidential Library to a major South Side park were in full force last week, convening two meetings meant to demonstrate strong public support behind the bid. Hyde Park Academy Public support was overwhelmingly in favor of bringing the Obama Presidential Library to the(…)

South Shore attorney Tiffany Brooks challenging Alderman Leslie Hairston

South Shore attorney Tiffany Brooks challenging Alderman Leslie Hairston

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Attorney and South Shore resident Tiffany Brooks wants to replace Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th). Brooks, who has a general law practice in Woodlawn, is one of four challengers running for Hairston’s seat this year. A graduate of Hyde Park Academy High School, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave., and Loyola University,(…)