Fourth and 5th ward aldermanic candidates square off in pair of weekend forums

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Fourth and 5th ward candidates made their case last weekend at two aldermanic forums, one in Hyde Park hosted by the Coalition for Equitable Community Development (CECD), and another in South Shore hosted by the Chicago Southside Branch NAACP. CECD Forum Candidates from both wards tackled questions on affordable housing,(…)

U. of C. ends plans to expand adult ER

  By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Medical Center shelved its plans to build a $36 million adult emergency room. Late Friday afternoon university officials released a statement saying they were pulling the application filed with the Illinois Health Review Board in December. The now-defunct plan would have moved the adult emergency(…)

Busy weekend approaching for 4th and 5th ward candidates

Fourth and 5th ward aldermanic candidates will appear this weekend at two forums, two open house events and one endorsement session. From 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow, the Coalition for Equitable Development will host an aldermanic forum focusing on economic and racial diversity for the 4th and 5th wards, at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S.(…)

Caustic exchange between Alderman Will Burns and CTU organizer shared on web

Caustic exchange between Alderman Will Burns and CTU organizer shared on web

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) gave a CTU representative the finger via Twitter according to screenshots shared across the web. The exchange took place late Wednesday night, according to timestamps from one screenshot, after Will Burns thanked Democrats for Education Reform – Illinois in a tweet for its endorsement. But Chicago(…)

Public meetings on Obama library coming up next week

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Next week Hyde Park will have three public meetings to solicit input on using public parkland for the Obama Presidential Library. The first, but unofficial, meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday at the Jackson Park Fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. The Jackson Park Advisory Council will meet with representatives(…)

U. of C. unfazed by reports that Chicago Obama library bid in jeopardy

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago released a statement last Wednesday after an unnamed source told news outlets that Chicago’s bids for the Obama Presidential Library could be on the chopping block. “The University of Chicago is leading a strong, collaborative South Side bid designed to create exciting opportunities for the Barack(…)

Gov. Pat Quinn signs Sen. Kwame Raoul’s police recording bill into law

Gov. Pat Quinn signs Sen. Kwame Raoul’s police recording bill into law

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Legislation allowing public recording, including of police officers performing their duty, was signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn last week. State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) led the committee that drafted the legislation. Earlier this year the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state’s previous eavesdropping law because it was(…)

Veteran campaigner Norman Bolden seeks to unseat Alderman Will Burns

Veteran campaigner Norman Bolden seeks to unseat Alderman Will Burns

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Entrepreneur Norman Bolden is running again for 4th Ward Alderman. Bolden, who will appear on next February’s ballot, challenged former 4th Ward alderman Toni Preckwinkle in 2003 and 2007 and ran against Ald. Will Burns (4th) in 2011. He is the owner of Norman’s Bistro, 1001 E. 43rd St., and(…)

U. of C. Medical Center seeking to move and expand ER

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Medical Center wants to spend $36 million upgrading and relocating its adult emergency room. Last month UCMC applied to the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board to put an emergency department next to its Center for Care and Discovery, 5700 S. Ellis Ave. In 2013(…)

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. to deliver keynote MLK address at University of Chicago

Longtime civil rights leader Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. will deliver the keynote address at the University of Chicago’s 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15, in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. Jackson worked with King during the 1960s directing Operation Breadbasket, a program committed to(…)

Parks were big part of 2014 scene

Parks were big part of 2014 scene

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL and LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writers No little plans were made for the neighborhood’s parks this year, least of all for Jackson Park, which was the focus of attention from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, advocacy groups, wealthy donors and community residents. Jackson Park gets restored — and then some Last January,(…)

Pols in spotlight on local 2014 events

Pols in spotlight on local 2014 events

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer From pensions to the minimum wage and aldermanic menu money, to a contentious race for state representative, politics were inescapable in Hyde Park in 2014. Mitchell vs. Travis The year kicked off with a heated primary race between state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) and Bronzeville activist Jay Travis, former executive(…)

Private schools make progress in 2014

Private schools make progress in 2014

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ancona The Ancona School began offering new Montessori programs for its pre-primary students in August. The programs included a longer day and dual-language instruction. Parents of 3- to 6-year-olds had the option to choose between the half day, all day and all year programs at Ancona, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave.(…)

Crime in 2014 continues decline; tragedies mar trend

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer While Hyde Park is a relatively low-crime community, it did see some violent activity in 2014. A couple of Hyde Parkers were also charged with their roles in murders across the city. In November, a Rogers Park man was charged with one felony count of murder in the first degree(…)

University of Chicago was busy in 2014

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer University’s finances in flux Moody’s Investors Services lowered its bond rating on the University of Chicago (U. of C.) at the same time the school began looking for a new chief financial officer in 2014. Nim Chinniah resigned earlier this year to accept a position at Northwestern University. In June,(…)

Retail in Hyde Park took off in 2014

Retail in Hyde Park took off in 2014

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL and LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writers The past year was a transformative one for Hyde Park’s retail scene. The neighborhood said goodbye to some longtime institutions and hello to new stores on each of its commercial corridors. Out with the old After almost 25 years in Hyde Park, pizzeria Edwardo’s, 1321 E. 57th(…)

Changes in 2014 for local schools

Changes in 2014 for local schools

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Bret Harte In 2014, Antheus Capital honored its commitment to help solve the hazardous pick-up and drop-off conditions at Bret Harte Elementary School, 1556 E. 56th St. In 2008, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) approved a land transfer agreement with Antheus that included upgrades to Bret Harte, 1556 E. 56th(…)

Services today for Helen Lewis Bidwell

Services for Helen Lewis Bidwell will be held in Bond Chapel this afternoon. Helen died on Dec. 9, 2014, in Chicago. She was 79. Helen was born in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 24, 1935, the second daughter of Thomas Deane Lewis and Ann Elizabeth Claxton Lewis. The family lived in Bethesda, Md. Helen attended the College(…)

Augustana Lutheran will not host Free School, Suzuki Institute in talks to stay

Augustana Lutheran will not host Free School, Suzuki Institute in talks to stay

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Free School will not be moving to Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park in January as planned. The church is currently in negotiations with its current resident program The Hyde Park Suzuki Institute to remain in place. The Chicago Free School, a private school where everything is(…)