Midway Plaisance Park gaining advisory council, new officers

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Elections for officers in the new Midway Plaisance Park advisory council (PAC) will take place next week. The revived PAC will pick its first roster of officers in years at the meeting, which is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 13, at the ice rink at 1130(…)

Saturday historical talk to discuss Hyde Parkers in 1940 census

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society will be hosting an event this Saturday, May 2, focusing on the lives of neighborhood residents in 1940. The 3:30 p.m. event, entitled “You Are There: Bringing the 1940 Census to Life,” will take place at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Hyde Park Historical Society,(…)

Reports: South Side of Chicago to get Obama Library

News outlets are widely reporting that President Barack Obama will choose the South Side of Chicago for his presidential library. The reports came late Thursday after CBS 2 Chicago learned President Obama thanked Mayor Emanuel over the phone for a newly-passed state law that allows his library to be built on public parkland. Senate President(…)

Clarke’s supports Kenwood kids

Clarke’s supports Kenwood kids

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School art students are taking their art beyond the school walls to the neighborhood diner. The drawings, photographs, digital collages and paintings of 14 members of the National Arts Honors Society at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., are on display at Clarke’s Diner, 1447 E. 53rd(…)

Mitchell co-sponsors state audit of KOCO

Mitchell co-sponsors state audit of KOCO

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Kenwood Oakland Community Conference (KOCO) said last Tuesday it was ready to comply with a state audit, but that it had questions about the political motivations at play. On April 17 the Illinois House unanimously passed HR 324, which calls for an audit of the group. The resolution –(…)

Wooded Isle five-year closure option only

Wooded Isle five-year closure option only

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A contractor has the option to keep Wooded Isle closed for five years until Jackson Park is fully restored, but is seeking to reopen it earlier. The island was closed to pedestrians two weeks ago as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ restoration of Jackson Park. The project(…)

Locals protest Currie’s vote on bill

Locals protest Currie’s vote on bill

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) riled local education activists last week for opposing a bill that would let students opt out of taking state administered tests. HB 306 – introduced by state Rep. Will Guzzardi in January – is currently under consideration in the Illinois House. Last Monday, Currie(…)

Campus police bill passes House

Campus police bill passes House

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Illinois House on Friday passed HB 3932, legislation that would require private campus police to release the same information as municipal police. The bill – introduced in February by state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) and co-sponsored by state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) – passed unanimously. The bill was(…)

Five-year Wooded Isle closure only an option: contractor

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A contractor has the option to keep Wooded Isle closed for five years until Jackson Park is fully restored, but is seeking to reopen it earlier. The island was closed to pedestrians two weeks ago as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ restoration of Jackson Park. The project(…)

Bill requiring more information from campus police passes Illinois House

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Illinois House on Friday passed HB 3932, legislation that would require private campus police to release the same information as municipal police. The bill — introduced in February by state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) and co-sponsored by state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) — passed unanimously. The bill was(…)

More lighting, new signage on 57th Street approved by majority in new survey

More lighting, new signage on 57th Street approved by majority in new survey

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The results are in from the South East Chicago Commission’s (SECC) survey on proposed changes to 57th Street. At a public meeting last Monday at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave., design consultants discussed the survey, which was circulated online by the SECC and the 5th Ward office. The questionnaire(…)

City Hyde Park signing up retailers for 2016

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park is about to get crafty. City Hyde Park, the Mac Properties development currently under construction at 51st Street and Lake Park Avenue, recently signed leases with Michael’s and Marshall’s. Michael’s sells craft supplies, Marshall’s offers moderately priced clothing. Both would be expected in the first half of 2016.(…)

U. of C. police to release more information, but some say its not enough

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department announced last Monday changes to policies that neighborhood residents have publicly challenged. UCPD will begin releasing daily traffic stop logs in June. It also will change the ways the public communicates with the private police force. An increase in transparency is something South Side(…)

Awards and a hiatus in park news

JPAC Wins Award The Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) has won the first award of its kind from the Chicago Parks Foundation. JPAC was one of ten groups to win the foundation’s first-ever Park Advisory Council Award. The award was presented March 28 at the Park Advisory Council Conference at Harry S. Truman College. A(…)

U. of C. Law School to examine police relationship with youth

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Law School will host a conference addressing the relationship between the police and the public it protects. The Youth/Police Conference hopes to continue the ongoing conversation about how the police interact with African American youth in urban America. The scheduled list of speakers includes Hyde Park(…)

KOCO questions audit co-sponsored by state Rep. Christian Mitchell

KOCO questions audit co-sponsored by state Rep. Christian Mitchell

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Kenwood Oakland Community Conference (KOCO) said last Tuesday it was ready to comply with a state audit, but that it had questions about the political motivations at play. On April 17 the Illinois House unanimously passed HR 324, which calls for an audit of the group. The resolution —(…)

Survey results endorse lights and signage on 57th Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The results are in from the South East Chicago Commission’s (SECC) survey on proposed changes to 57th Street. At a public meeting last Monday at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave., design consultants discussed the survey, which was circulated online by the SECC and the 5th Ward office. The questionnaire(…)

Three shot at Ellis Avenue near 55th Street

Three people were shot around 12:30 a.m. last night in an alley off Ellis Avenue, according to the University of Chicago Police Department and Chicago police. The victims were shot near 5487 S. Ellis Ave. and fled into a parking garage at 55th Street and Ellis Avenue, according to Marlon Lynch, chief of police at(…)

Wooded Isle likely to remain closed through fall: Park District

Wooded Isle likely to remain closed through fall: Park District

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Jackson Park’s Wooded Isle has been closed off to the public. The closure is part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) multi-million dollar restoration of native habitats in Jackson Park, which includes grading of the island’s shoreline, creating new outlooks and replacing its pathway. “All of the woody(…)

Army Corps seeking input on new Jackson Harbor project by tomorrow

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public input on a proposed groin at the entrance of Jackson Harbor. The public has until Friday, April 17 to comment on the 1,000-foot groin – 300 feet of steel and 700 feet of stone – designed to prevent sediment from accumulating in the harbor. The new structure will(…)