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(…)

UCPD meeting to be held by advocates

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The public is invited to a meeting about the University of Chicago Police Department, at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the McCormick Tribune Lounge in the Reynolds Club, 5706 S. University Ave. The meeting will be hosted by the Coalition for Equitable Policing, a student organization that wants reforms to the way(…)

Herald launches poll on Obama Library

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Barack and Michelle Obama are expected to announce which university will host the Obama Presidential Library sometime in April. While the University of Chicago (U. of C.) is considered a frontrunner, it also presented the most controversial option. The Chicago Park District has already approved transferring more than 20 acres(…)

Spruce Park on track to get advisory council

A meeting will take place next week to organize an advisory council for Spruce Park, 5337 S. Blackstone Ave. The purpose of the meeting, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. next Monday at the Nichols Park field house, 1355 E. 53rd St., will be to nominate officers and identify goals for the new advisory(…)

Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Yeomen of the Guard” at Mandel Hall this weekend

Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Yeomen of the Guard” at Mandel Hall this weekend

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company’s stage director promises that this year’s production of “The Yeomen of the Guard” will make the audience laugh more than “H.M.S. Pinafore.” The 55th production in the company’s history, “Yeomen” is one that came later in the collaborative history of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur(…)

New law from local representatives could shed light on University of Chicago police

New law from local representatives could shed light on University of Chicago police

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Contributor New legislation may be a major victory for activists concerned about transparency in the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD). Introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives by state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) with Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26), the bill would force the UCPD to the same standard for(…)

Former Hyde Parker might go to Mars

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Mars One, a Dutch not-for-profit organization, has set the ambitious goal of sending 24 people to colonize Mars in ten years. Mead McCormick, now a California resident but a 2009 graduate of the University of Chicago, hopes to take some of the filmmaking skills she learned in Hyde Park to(…)

K.A.M. Isaiah Israel to close nursery school — for now

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Nursery School is closing after this school year. The synagogue’s board of directors voted last Monday night to close the nursery school and postpone enrollment for the next school year due to the resignation of the director of education. Sarah Court resigned from her position as(…)

Local group seeking letters of support for Dyett High School proposal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett is seeking letters of community support as it prepares to enter the Chicago Public Schools request for proposals (RFP) process in April, according to a representative that attended a recent Wednesday night Hyde Park Kenwood Community Action Council (HP-K CAC) meeting. “An open enrollment(…)

Murray coach to lead fundraiser for local athlete

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Murray Elementary School Coach Tony Alston is hosting a basketball shootout to help Devin Lockett, former Murray student and senior at Urban Prep High School West campus, who was shot twice in the chest coming from a dance party in March 2014. The “Doing It For Devin Classic” will(…)

57th Street red light camera to be yanked

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Sunday that the city will be removing 50 of its red light cameras. One of the intersections effected is 57th Street and Cornell Avenue, near the Museum of Science an Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. Saying that the 25 affected intersections have seen a(…)

U. of C. planning new building for Woodlawn charter school

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Plans to build a new school building for University of Chicago Charter Schools’ Woodlawn Campus are in the works, according to the school’s leadership. For the past few months, representatives from University of Chicago Charter Schools have been hosting community meetings to discuss future plans for University of Chicago(…)

Gilbert and Sullivan return to Hyde Park this weekend

Gilbert and Sullivan return to Hyde Park this weekend

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company’s stage director promises that this year’s production of “The Yeomen of the Guard” will make the audience laugh more than “H.M.S. Pinafore.” The 55th production in the company’s, “Yeomen” is one that came later in the collaborative history of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan.(…)

First Unitarian to remember Selma

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer People from around the world will gather in Alabama this weekend to commemorate “Bloody Sunday,” a 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery that was brutally broken up by state and local law enforcement officers, who used tear gas and billy clubs to detain activists at the Edmund(…)

Shoreline plans

Shoreline plans

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A plan by the Chicago Park District would add seven acres of land to Burnham Park, raise the shoreline several feet and add places for viewing the Morgan Shoal. The Park District and the Army Corps of Engineers will soon finalize a plan to perform revetment work in Burnham Park(…)

Hyde Park’s harried election

Hyde Park’s harried election

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Most candidates are now done campaigning for this year’s election and like many of their signs, which just a few days ago sat perched at storefronts and atop piles of snow, have disappeared from public sight. Yet despite incumbent Alds. Will Burns and Leslie Hairston’s decisive victories in the 4th(…)

More burglaries prompt warning

More burglaries prompt warning

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department issued a warning Tuesday night after a series of home invasions and burglaries. UCPD Police Chief Marlon Lynch said seven residential burglaries were reported to the Chicago Police Department between Feb. 17 and March 3. The burglaries occurred off campus between 52nd and 54th(…)

Barbara Flynn Currie introduces legislation to increase access to campus police information

Barbara Flynn Currie introduces legislation to increase access to campus police information

State Reps. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) and Christian Mitchell (D-26), have introduced legislation that would force the University of Chicago Police to comply with requests for records from the public, even though it is a private institution. The Private College Campus Police Act, enacted in 1951, allows privately-owned colleges to appoint police forces with the(…)