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(…)

Hyde Park preservationist asks Preckwinkle to back Garcia

A member of the Hyde Park Historical Society and a leader in the city’s preservation community has shared an online petition asking Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to back Chuy Garcia in April’s runoff election. The petition, by Jack Spicer on change.org, is entitled “Endorse Chuy Garcia for Mayor of Chicago.” Spicer shared the petition(…)

South Side Shrimp closes in Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Less than three years after opening a store in the Del Prado building, South Side Shrimp has closed. In the summer of 2012, Beverly resident Julia Moore opened her Mt. Greenwood-based restaurant’s second location in Hyde Park, 5319 S. Hyde Park Blvd., drawn by the area’s population density. But revenue couldn’t(…)

Police send out warning following burglaries

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police issued a warning after two connected robberies in Hyde Park in February. CPD said there have been two home invasions and burglaries in the area of 53rd Street and Drexel Avenue. In each instance burglar gains entry to a home, threatens the occupants and takes their property. The(…)

Alds. Leslie Hairston, Will Burns win landslide victories in 4th, 5th wards

Alds. Leslie Hairston, Will Burns win landslide victories in 4th, 5th wards

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Both of Hyde Park’s incumbent aldermen enjoyed decisive victories in Tuesday’s election following campaign races against a diverse group of opponents. Fourth Ward Ald. Will Burns (4th) declared victory last night at a party at the Harper Court Hyatt, 5225 S. Harper Ave. The race for 4th Ward alderman heated(…)

Live Election Day 2015 coverage

Live Election Day 2015 coverage

11:18 p.m. Hyde Park aldermen Leslie Hairston (5th) and Will Burns (4th) both won by a landslide in Tuesday’s election. As of posting time, Hairston won with 52.47 percent of the vote and all precincts reporting. Burns won with 55.44 percent of the vote and 97 percent of precincts reporting. That left both candidates with a winning(…)

The hustle before Election Day

The hustle before Election Day

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Mayoral and 4th Ward candidates were extra busy last week capturing votes, with early voting already underway and election day fast approaching. Below are some local highlights from the mayoral and 4th and 5th ward races. In the 4th Ward Ald. Will Burns and challenger Norman Bolden dominated the 4th(…)

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(…)