Emanuel-linked super PAC spends thousands in support of Alds. Hairston, Burns

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Incumbent aldermen in the 4th and 5th wards are getting some help from a political action committee (PAC) with links to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, state records show. Super PAC Chicago Forward, headed by Emanuel appointee and former CPS Communications Officer Becky Carroll, bought more than $9,000 worth in political communications supporting Ald.(…)

Aldermanic and mayoral candidates make their case at Rainbow Push headquarters

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Three mayoral and more than a dozen aldermanic candidates — including three in local wards — made their case Saturday morning at the Rainbow Push headquarters, 930 E. 50th St. Fifth Ward candidates Leslie Hairston and Jedidiah Brown as well as 4th Ward candidate Norman Bolden spoke at a candidate’s(…)

President Obama, Mayor Emanuel visit Ald. Will Burns’ Hyde Park campaign office

Last Thursday President Barack Obama and Mayor Emanuel visited Ald. Will Burns’ campaign office, 900 E. 47th St. The visit came on the same day Obama announced the designation of the Pullman neighborhood as a national park alongside Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Burns. “When you see see somebody who worked with you as a young(…)

Mayoral candidates, Garcia’s wife tackle education, city services at Hyde Park forum

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Mayoral candidates Bob Fioretti and William Walls and Chuy Garcia’s wife, Evelyn, attended an hour-long Tuesday forum at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Drive. The challengers and Garcia made their case on the heels of a fiery debate last Tuesday at DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Place. This time, the(…)

Burns campaign slams Bolden’s character in new website

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns’ (4th) campaign has launched a new website blasting challenger Norman Bolden on his personal and business dealings. The Thursday launch of therealnormanbolden.com — paid for by Friends of Will Burns – came just two days after Bolden asked Burns to make transparent his communications on the Obama Library,(…)

4th Ward has spent $155M on TIF projects, according to workshop co-hosted by Bolden campaign

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Investigative non-profit CivicLab hosted a presentation on TIF funds co-sponsored by 4th Ward aldermanic candidate Norman Bolden last Thursday. At the presentation next door to Bolden’s campaign office, at 1013 E. 43rd St., CivicLab leader Tom Tresser gave a breakdown of how the Tax Increment Finance (TIF) program spends money(…)

Harold Washington Park Advisory Council cancels first 2015 workday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Harold Washington Park Advisory Council has canceled its first workday of the new year due to weather. The workday was originally planned to take place at 8 a.m. tomorrow and include a survey of the park, a meeting with dog walkers and a discussion on bringing a new garden,(…)

How to vote in Chicago’s 2015 elections

Residents of the 4th and 5th wards will have plenty of opportunities to participate in the city’s upcoming municipal election. Feb. 21 is the last day for first-time voters to register. All registrants must bring two forms of identification (driver’s license, state ID, passport and utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck stub or a(…)

Opponents give Hairston “D”s, “F” on leadership at Apostolic Church forum

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer All 5th Ward candidates except Ald. Leslie Hairston showed up for a forum Tuesday night at Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester Ave. Hairston announced her decision to skip the forum late Tuesday afternoon, citing concerns that a question asking opponents to rate the current alderman gave her no(…)

Hare says Ald. Hairston could face runoff against her or Miles

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Fifth Ward candidate Jocelyn Hare said she thinks a run-off could happen, and if it does she expects incumbent Ald. Leslie Hairston to face either her or Anne Marie Miles. “If it goes to a run-off I think it’ll be 50-50 me and Anne Marie,” she said at a private campaign(…)

A year later, Jay Travis supporters band together to support Garcia, Bolden

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new political action committee that grew out of Jay Travis’ primary bid last year for state representative is playing a role in this year’s municipal elections. Founded last December, People United for Action (PUA) has made its first ever political endorsements: mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia and 4th Ward hopeful(…)

Opponent asks if Ald. Burns’ work for public affairs firm ASGK is a conflict of interest

Opponent asks if Ald. Burns’ work for public affairs firm ASGK is a conflict of interest

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL and DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writers Fourth Ward candidate Norman Bolden is asking whether Ald. Will Burns’ work with a Chicago public affairs firm represents a conflict of interest. Bolden stood with about a dozen supporters on the northwest corner of Harper Avenue and 53rd Street Tuesday morning to call for an(…)

Ald. Leslie Hairston skips aldermanic forum at Apostolic Church, asks for change to format

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Citing concerns over an unfair format, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) decided to skip yesterday’s aldermanic forum hosted by Rev. Byron Brazier’s Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester Ave. The forum’s format – which allowed candidates to prepare responses to a series of questions – included a section asking challengers(…)

Antheus may add hotel to Solstice tower project at 56th Street: developers

Antheus may add hotel to Solstice tower project at 56th Street: developers

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL and DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writers Hyde Park could get another hotel. The 24-story Solstice on the Park building planned for 5540 S. Cornell Ave. could include a hotel as well as apartments, according to representatives of Antheus Capital. The group visited the Jackson Park Advisory Council meeting Monday night and hosted(…)

Incumbent aldermen dominate fundraising in races for 4th, 5th wards

Incumbent aldermen dominate fundraising in races for 4th, 5th wards

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Aldermanic candidates have raised more than $300,000 in the race for the 4th and 5th wards, with incumbents raking in the vast majority of funds. Illinois State Board of Elections records reveal that in the time period since challengers have begun raising money, Alds. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) and Will Burns’(…)

Trauma advocacy program at Hyde Park Union Church receives part of $2M grant

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago’s Citizens for Change program, which is located at Hyde Park Union Church, received part of a $2 million grant awarded to the Chicago Department of Public Health to help families dealing with youth violence. Susan Johnson resigned from her role as pastor at the church to do(…)