USDA: Harold Washington Park birds likely killed by toxins

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Toxins in the water likely led to the deaths of more than a dozen birds at the model yacht basin at Harold Washington Park, according to a biologist from the USDA, which has been investigating the matter. The 18 mallard carcasses the USDA collected earlier this month were too degraded(…)

Police issue alert regarding burglaries

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police Department issued a warning Wednesday about a string of burglaries in Hyde Park. In August and September the burglars entered through the rear of the building during the day. Burglaries were reported on the 5200 block of South Ingleside Avenue on the morning of August 25, the 900(…)

Alderman Will Burns launches re-election campaign

Alderman Will Burns launches re-election campaign

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) officially launched his re-election campaign Friday at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, 4900 S. Lake Shore Dr. Cook County Board President — and former 4th Ward Alderman — Toni Preckwinkle gave Burns her endorsement, saying “as senior members of the party we have to help those(…)

Ray Elementary introduces 13 candidates for principal in dramatic new approach

Ray Elementary introduces 13 candidates for principal in dramatic new approach

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Keeping with its goal to have a transparent principal selection process, the Ray Elementary School local school council held an unprecedented principal candidate forum Thursday evening. All of the candidates interested in the school were invited to the forum to speak to the Ray community. “We’ve been working since(…)

Army Corps of Engineers reveals details on plan to poison Jackson Park lagoon

Army Corps of Engineers reveals details on plan to poison Jackson Park lagoon

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has revealed new details about its plan to poison the Jackson Park lagoon and replace its entire stock of fish. As part of a $5- to $10-million federally funded, 139-acre restoration project to restore native habitats at Jackson Park, the USACE will kill(…)

South Shore pastor makes bid for 5th Ward alderman

South Shore pastor makes bid for 5th Ward alderman

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The path to becoming Fifth Ward alderman may be an uphill one for first-time candidate Jedidiah Brown, but the South Shore resident is eager to plunge into politics after years as a community activist and pastor. Brown is the president of the Young Leaders Alliance, a community service non-profit, and(…)

U. of C. is finalist for Obama Presidential Library site

U. of C. is finalist for Obama Presidential Library site

The University of Chicago is one of four final contenders to host the Obama Presidential Library. The foundation announced Monday that the U. of C., the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University in New York City and the University of Hawaii are the finalists. The four universities will submit a formal proposal that includes(…)

Bolden’s back: Businessman to seek 4th Ward spot

Bolden’s back: Businessman to seek 4th Ward spot

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Bronzeville restaurateur, club owner and former WGCI executive Norman Bolden has confirmed that he plans to run against Ald. Will Burns (4th) in the upcoming 2015 municipal election. The confirmation follows Burns’ Friday announcement that he is seeking reelection at a press conference attended by Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle(…)

Columnist rules out Reese site for Obama library

Sun Times columnist Lynn Sweet is reporting that several of her sources rule out the Michael Reese site in Bronzeville and another site further south as options for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. Lakeside, a development just east of South Shore that sits on the former U.S. Steel site, is also nixed by Sweet’s sources. Obama(…)

USDA investigating bird deaths at Harold Washington Park pool

USDA investigating bird deaths at Harold Washington Park pool

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investigating bird remains strewn about the model yacht basin at the Harold Washington Playlot Park, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd. Hyde Parker Carol Horton first reported the “disturbing sight” to Hyde Parkers yesterday, via the Good Neighbors Google Group. “I was walking my dog(…)

Free School opens its doors at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club

Free School opens its doors at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The new school year brings another school choice for Hyde Park families. Despite a major hiccup in location, The Chicago Free School opened its doors for the first time on Sept. 2. The parents, board members and teachers of the Free School, which is a private school that has(…)

Hyde Park Art Center to host 75th anniversary block party

Hyde Park Art Center to host 75th anniversary block party

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center will host a block party this weekend to celebrate its 75th anniversary. The free party will take place on the 5000 block of Cornell Avenue, where the Center is located, between noon and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, complete with art workshops, live music(…)

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference annual meeting coming up

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (HP-K CC) will host its annual meeting from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, at Hyatt Place, 5225 S. Harper Ave. At least four board seats will be up for grabs in an election at the public meeting, according to HP-K CC(…)

Hyde Park Jazz Festival to return with more visiting musicians than ever

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Jazz Festival is returning to the neighborhood later this month. The eighth annual festival, slated to take place on Saturday, Sept. 27 and Sunday, Sept. 28, will feature performances at 12 venues by 35 acts — including a growing number of musicians from outside Chicago. “We have(…)

Amid a struggle to recruit new members, Hyde Park Kiwanis vote to dissolve

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Kiwanis voted last week to disband after almost a century in the neighborhood. Eight of the group’s 18 dues-paying members met last Tuesday at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, 4900 S. Lake Shore Drive, and voted to dissolve, according to group President Camille Hamilton-Doyle. She says the(…)

Cops warn of robberies on campus

Security Alert September 8, 2014 By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Both the University of Chicago Police Department and Chicago Police have issued warnings about armed robberies on campus. Chicago Police said the robbers would approach a victim on foot, display or imply that they had a handgun and demand the victim’s property. In two incidents(…)