Do Not Submit open mic storytelling series to kick off this year in Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Annual North Side storytelling open mic “Do Not Submit” is expanding across the city — including to Hyde Park. “Do Not Submit” started in 2012 in Wrigleyville and took place last year in Lakeview’s Powells Books, before it closed. This year’s expansion is an effort to get Chicagoans beyond the(…)

Lease for new Jeffery Plaza grocery store hasn’t been signed yet: Hairston

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A real-estate firm is still negotiating a lease for the former Dominick’s grocery store at South Shore’s Jeffery Plaza shopping mall, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) said Tuesday. The update at her March ward meeting comes after a January presentation from businessman Robert Liska, of Liska Management, who said he expected a(…)

University of Chicago, Illinois Attorney General weighing in on bill aimed at campus police

University of Chicago, Illinois Attorney General weighing in on bill aimed at campus police

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new bill that would require the University of Chicago Police Department to publicly disclose arrests could still change, according to state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25). House sponsors Currie and state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) say the intent behind HB 3932 — inspired by community discussion surrounding the University(…)

Akiba-Schechter teachers headed to Italy to study preschool education

Akiba-Schechter teachers headed to Italy to study preschool education

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Three teachers from Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School will travel to Italy to study its preschool methods. Susan Carton, Arun Srimani and Kelli Harris, preschool teachers at Akiba-Schechter, 5235 S. Cornell Ave., will travel to Reggio Emilia, Italy, this month on a four-day trip to observe the town’s early childhood(…)

Emanuel beat Garcia by a smaller margin in Hyde Park, analysis shows

Emanuel beat Garcia by a smaller margin in Hyde Park, analysis shows

Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel may need to try harder to win local votes in next month’s runoff election. Emanuel beat challenger Jesus Chuy Garcia in the Hyde Park-South Kenwood area by a smaller margin than in the city overall, an analysis of February’s election results show. Across the city,(…)

Alds. Hairston, Burns split on move to eliminate red-light cameras

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park aldermen split on an effort to force a vote on an ordinance that would eliminate the city’s controversial red-light cameras by 2018. Introduced by Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) last October, the ordinance was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Public Way. Six aldermen — including Leslie Hairston (5th) —(…)

New exhibit at Museum of Science and Industry examines the science of everyday life

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Museum of Science and Industry recently opened an exhibit that hopes to explain the simple materials that make day-to-day life happen. “Materials Science” opened at MSI, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., in the Lower Level galleries on Thursday and will stay through January 2016. Broken into two galleries, one(…)

Alds. Hairston, Burns split on move to eliminate red-light cameras

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park aldermen split on an effort to force a vote on an ordinance that would eliminate the city’s controversial red-light cameras by 2018. Introduced by Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) last October, the ordinance was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Public Way. Eight aldermen — including Leslie Hairston(…)

Former Kenwood Academy student injured by Virginia police

Former Kenwood Academy student injured by Virginia police

A 2012 graduate of Kenwood Academy High School was injured Wednesday night during an arrest by police in Charlottesville, Va. The incident occurred around 12:45 a.m., after Johnson, a 20-year-old University of Virginia student, was denied entry to a bar. Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control agents detained Johnson for questioning. “In the course of(…)

Wicker Park’s Silver Room to relocate in Hyde Park next month

Wicker Park’s Silver Room to relocate in Hyde Park next month

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Wicker Park boutique The Silver Room, a longtime cultural hub, will soon call Hyde Park home. Entrepreneur Eric Williams will move and reopen permanently on April 2 in the former location of pop-up store Neighborly, 1506 E. 53rd St. The University of Chicago will be his landlord. Since he opened(…)

Ald. Will Burns says Michael Reese site unfit for Obama Library, despite parkland controversy

Ald. Will Burns says Michael Reese site unfit for Obama Library, despite parkland controversy

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Though the vacant lot where Michael Reese Hospital once stood has already been ruled out as a potential site for the Obama Library, some Chicagoans are urging reconsideration of the location. Ald. Will Burns (4th) disagrees, maintaining that it lacks accessibility. The Obama Foundation rejected the 48-acre space last fall(…)

After a global search, Lab picks local as middle school principal

After a global search, Lab picks local as middle school principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Sandy Bixby was appointed to the position of middle school principal at University of Chicago Laboratory School. This is a promotion for Bixby, who has been a member of the school’s science department since 2007. A search advisory committee at Lab, 1362 E. 59th St., has spent the last(…)

St. Thomas the Apostle to host prayer breakfast, anti-violence talk

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church will host a prayer breakfast and fundraiser on Saturday. The 12th annual breakfast, hosted by the Madonna Della Strada Ladies Auxiliary – Knights of Columbus, will be 10 a.m. Saturday, at St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave. The Rev. Andrew C.(…)

Kenwood Academy language students collect shoes for those in need worldwide

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Spanish Department at Kenwood Academy High School is collecting gently used shoes for those in need all over the world. For the past two years, Spanish teacher Shenel Conde has been working with students at Kenwood to collect shoes for Share Your Soles, a Chicago-based non-profit that collects(…)

U. of C. Institute of Politics names spring 2015 fellows

The University of Chicago Institute of Politics (IOP) will host eight fellows this spring. Since its January 2013 founding the IOP has hosted 44 fellows, who present public seminars and talks each quarter. Next quarter’s fellows are: CNN and ESPN columnist LZ Granderson, Chicago Sun-Times deputy editorial page editor Kate Grossman, “An Inconvenient Truth” director(…)

Rahm Emanuel and Chuy Garcia spar at first debate since election

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Cook County Commissioner Chuy Garcia squared off this evening in the first of three debates before the April 7 runoff election. The debate, co-sponsored by the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and Harris School of Public Policy, was shown on NBC 5 and moderated(…)

Police Search for Hyde Park resident suspected of stabbing roommate

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer     Chicago Police are searching for a 27-year-old Hyde Park man accused of stabbing his roommate multiple times last night.     Ross Jacobs, of the 5400 block of South Hyde Park Blvd., is suspected of attacking his 27-year-old roommate, causing severe injuries. Police say Jacobs fled the apartment in an(…)

U. of C. Woodlawn charter school to abandon Wadsworth, build on 63rd Street

U. of C. Woodlawn charter school to abandon Wadsworth, build on 63rd Street

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Representatives from the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement met with the residents of the Greenwood Block Club, community members living on Greenwood Avenue between 63rd and 64th streets, to share U. of C.’s plans to build a new building for the University of Chicago Charter School Woodlawn Campus(…)

Jackson Park Advisory Council holding youth photo competition

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Jackson Park Advisory Council is holding a youth nature photography contest. The group is inviting children ages 10 to 18 to submit a camera or phone photo from any park or playground in Hyde Park and surrounding areas through April 10. The top three winners will receive cash prizes and(…)

Hairston campaign manager voices support for Garcia

Ald. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) campaign manager Delmarie Cobb sent out an e-mail Wednesday afternoon voicing support of mayoral candidate Jesus Chuy Garcia. In a mass e-mail from her firm, The Publicity Works, entitled “Where’s The Real Rahm Emanuel,” Cobb slammed the mayor’s recent appearance on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight.” “That Rahm Emanuel was arrogant, combative, rude(…)