Local artists to sell work at Annual Crafts Open House this weekend

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The 43rd Annual Crafts Open House, a local tradition showcasing area artists’ work, will return to Kenwood this Saturday, Dec. 6. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Hutchins House, 4810 S. Ellis Ave., featuring a group of eight mostly Chicago- and Hyde Park-area artists(…)

Hales Franciscan High School unveils “urban food forest”

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hales Franciscan High School partnered with the Chicago Wisdom Project to create an urban food forest that was recently dedicated on the school’s campus. Since the summer, students from Hales, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave., and staff and volunteer members from Hyde Park-based Chicago Wisdom Project have worked together(…)

Holiday art sale to raise funds for Hyde Park Art Center classes and students

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Art students will sell their work at a fundraiser running this Friday, Dec. 5, through Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC). The HPAC tradition will feature anywhere from 25 to 50 artists from the center’s classes, according to Director of Education Mike Nourse. Art on sale(…)

Facebook post on U. of C. student’s page not work of hacker

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Facebook posting that appeared to be racially motivated and that led to a federal investigation last week was not the work of an illegal hacker. University of Chicago Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services Karen Warren Coleman wrote, in a letter sent out to the entire faculty,(…)

Free weekend trolley to give Hyde Park shoppers a lift this holiday season

Free weekend trolley to give Hyde Park shoppers a lift this holiday season

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A trolley will help shoppers traverse the neighborhood through the holiday season beginning on Black Friday. Hyde Park’s Special Service Area (SSA) is funding the pilot program. An SSA is an additional property tax an area, usually a business district, levied on itself for the purposes of promoting business. The(…)

Fifth Ward aldermanic candidate Robin Boyd-Clark is all business

Fifth Ward aldermanic candidate Robin Boyd-Clark is all business

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer South Shore business owner Robin Boyd-Clark is touting her community involvement and entrepreneurial experience to convince 5th Ward voters she should be alderman. Boyd-Clark is one of several ward residents who has expressed interest in the office in the run up to this week’s deadline to file petitions to run(…)

Dozens of dying ash trees at Midway Plaisance to be replaced

Dozens of dying ash trees at Midway Plaisance to be replaced

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Chicago Park District will replace more than 100 dying ash trees along the Midway Plaisance with new species next spring. The city began felling 102 of the park’s ash trees last summer because of an infestation of emerald ash borer beetles, according to CPD spokesperson Jessica Maxey Faulkner. “The(…)

State Sen. Kwame Raoul awaits appeal after pension bill ruled unconstitutional

The Sangamon County Circuit Court ruled Friday that last year’s pension reform bill is unconstitutional. The ruling comes shy of a year since Gov. Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 1 into law, controversial legislation that raised state employee retirement ages, cut employee contributions and tied pension benefit increases to inflation with the aim of saving(…)

Murray Elementary parent part of new group pushing for high school language academy

Murray Elementary parent part of new group pushing for high school language academy

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Murray Elementary School is one of four language academies in Chicago that offers language courses such as Arabic, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Japanese and Spanish as a part of its daily curriculum. A group of parents and educators whose students attend language academies have now proposed a Chicago Language(…)

Feds to help investigate racist Facebook post at University of Chicago

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Federal authorities are helping the University of Chicago investigate after someone anonymously hacked into a student’s Facebook account and posted a violent and racist message last Tuesday. This comes on the heels of a student group alleging the university has a campus culture that is hostile to minority students. President(…)

Hyde Parker Marlene Van Kley Vellinga dies

Hyde Park resident and active volunteer Marlene Van Kley Vellinga has died. Vellinga sat on the board of the Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project and was a longtime volunteer for the Hyde Park-Kenwood Hunger Programs. For at least more than a decade Vellinga played a crucial role in helping to unload monthly food deliveries to(…)

Hyde Park man charged with shooting death

A Hyde Park man was charged following a fatal shooting on the 5200 block of South Cornell Avenue last night. Paris D. Walker-Rush, 25, was charged with one felony count of involuntary manslaughter and one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon. Walker-Rush, who lives on the 5200 block of South Cornell, was arrested(…)

Kwame Raoul awaits appeal after Illinois pension reform bill ruled unconstitutional

The Sangamon County Circuit Court ruled Friday that last year’s pension reform bill is unconstitutional. The ruling comes shy of a year since Gov. Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 1 into law, controversial legislation that raised state employee retirement ages, cut employee contributions and tied pension benefit increases to inflation with the aim of saving(…)

Hyde Park teenager missing since Halloween

Hyde Park teenager missing since Halloween

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A 16-year-old Hyde Park boy has been missing since Oct. 31, according to the Chicago Police Department. Keenan Mardis, 16, of the 5400 block of South Everett Avenue, is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 120 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair and a medium complexion. He may(…)

CHPV to hold opening gala

CHPV to hold opening gala

The Chicago Hyde Park Village opening gala will take place at 2:30 p.m., Nov. 22 at the South Side YMCA, 6330 S. Stony Island Ave. CHPV is an organization that offers help, advice and referrals to older residents in Hyde Park who want to remain in their homes as they age. Highlights of the event(…)

South Side teens boost business and art skills selling Christmas wreaths

South Side teens boost business and art skills selling Christmas wreaths

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Love Unity and Values (LUV) Institute has expanded its entrepreneurial program to include at-risk boys and girls from across the Mid-South Side. This year the LUV Institute is employing 14 boys and girls from Englewood, Woodlawn, Washington Park, Bronzeville, Hyde Park and Oakwood. They will work part-time paid jobs(…)

Ray Elementary principal reports improving scores at “State of the School” address

Ray Elementary principal reports improving scores at “State of the School” address

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School has steered clear of Level 3 low-performing status but has to continue to work on improving its scores, especially in the area of math, said Ray Principal Megan Thole Thursday evening at the “State of the School” address. In November 2013 then-interim principal Toni Hill told(…)

Police issue Hyde Park burglary warning

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police recently warned Hyde Park residents about a string of burglaries in October and November. In each instance the burglar enters through the rear door or basement of a building, usually in the daytime or afternoon but during all hours. Incidents have been reported on Wednesday, Oct. 15, on(…)

Jackson Park restoration likely in progress this December: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Jackson Park restoration likely in progress this December: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ restoration of Jackson Park could be well underway by next month. The 139-acre, five-year restoration of native habitats will kick off with invasive tree removal on the north end of the park and the replacement of fish in the Jackson Park lagoon, which is(…)

Kenwood Academy principal awarded CPS fellowship

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School Principal Gregory Jones is one of 21 educators selected as part of the first-ever Chicago Public Schools Principal Fellowship Program. a The program, which is a partnership between Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Northwestern University and is supported by an investment from the Chicago Public(…)