What The Traveler Saw to close in June

What The Traveler Saw to close in June

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer What the Traveler Saw will be closing at the end of June. The international goods store has been a popular in the neighborhood since it opened 10 years ago. Owner Laurel Stratford said she would be closing the brick-and-mortar store, 1508 E. 55th St., but not the business. “I’ve put(…)

Reporter Jamie Kalven prevails in legal battle with police

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A local reporter and nonprofit leader recently won a key legal battle over police transparency in the Illinois Court of Appeals. Kalven v. Chicago Police Department was settled Monday, March 14, years after after Jamie Kalven, founder of the not-for-profit journalist collective Invisible Institute, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., filed suit.(…)

Seeking new status, U. of C. police make changes

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department is making changes that create greater transparency and that would hold it to standards set by a law enforcement accreditation agency. UCPD will host a public forum as part of the process to becoming an accredited law enforcement agency. A public information forum will(…)

Hyde Park’s permission wall, once haven for local artists, destroyed for Vue53 site

Hyde Park’s permission wall, once haven for local artists, destroyed for Vue53 site

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A wall where graffiti artists had painted freely for more than 20 years was demolished Friday to make way for a 155-foot tall mixed-use building. The Hyde Park graffiti wall was the last “permission wall” on the South Side. Artists and graffiti writers were able to hone their talents along(…)

26th District challenger Jay Travis has not conceded to Christian Mitchell, seeks information from Chicago Board of Elections

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Jay Travis is still contesting Christian Mitchell’s victory in the race for Illinois’ 26th District House seat. “For now, I have not conceded,” Travis said Thursday afternoon. Travis said she presented the Chicago Board of Elections with a letter on behalf of her campaign Wednesday to document complaints of voting(…)

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MAC Properties demolishes three historic greystones on Harper Avenue to make way for a parking lot.

Christian Mitchell ekes out 26th District win against Jay Travis

Christian Mitchell ekes out 26th District win against Jay Travis

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS and JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writers State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) won with a slim lead over challenger Jay Travis in Tuesday’s election. Mitchell and a group of more than 50 supporters — including Ald. Will Burns, state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-16) and Sen. Dick Durbin — convened Tuesday night to watch(…)

Barack Obama Foundation releases request for qualifications for presidential library

The Barack Obama Foundation released a request for qualifications for the planned Obama presidential library Thursday afternoon. The document asks institutions across the country seeking to host the president’s library how their proposal will satisfy the library’s “guiding principles.” It also asks for details on a proposed facility’s site, accessibility and community “to demonstrate a(…)

Parents debate the merits of firing Kenwood Academy basketball coach

Parents debate the merits of firing Kenwood Academy basketball coach

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy parents continue to debate the fairness of the school’s decision to fire its varsity basketball coach. Some parents said they are concerned about the basketball team’s academic future while others said the team needs a coach, who can lead the team to more victories. Jim Maley was(…)

State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie sails to victory

State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie sails to victory

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie sailed uncontested to her 19th term as Hyde Park’s representative in the 25th District Tuesday night. The 2014 primary was less stressful than her first election in 1978. In Currie’s first primary, she ran in a 10-candidate race that included an alderman and an(…)

Police warn of robberies on Cottage

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police have warned residents of robberies that have occurred in March on the 4700 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue and the 200 block of East 35th Street. In each incident, the offenders approach a victim from behind and attempt to take their property. Chicago Police said multiple offenders will(…)

Kenwood student a star

Kenwood student a star

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School student Kyndal Buchanan will receive the “Rising Star” award at the DuSable Museum of African American History’s Annual gala. DuSable’s “Night of 100 Stars Gala” will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday April 5 at the South Shore Cultural Center at 7059 S.(…)

Akiba-Schechter to honor its own at gala event

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School is hosting its annual benefit to raise money for the school. The benefit will take place at 5 p.m., Sunday, March 23, at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, 200 N. Columbus Drive. A special toast will be given in honor of Rebecca Berenson Kirstein,(…)

Christian Mitchell ekes out 26th District win against Jay Travis

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS and JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writers State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) won with a slim lead over challenger Jay Travis in Tuesday’s election. Mitchell and a group of more than 50 supporters — including Ald. Will Burns, state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-16) and Sen. Dick Durbin — convened Tuesday night to watch(…)

Analysis: The facts behind the TV ads in Christian Mitchell and Jay Travis’ race for the 26th District

Analysis: The facts behind the TV ads in Christian Mitchell and Jay Travis’ race for the 26th District

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Illinois’ 26th District race has taken to the TV airwaves. Using a fundraising advantage in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, incumbent state Rep. Christian Mitchell’s (D-26) campaign has released two television ads, while the Chicagoans United for Economic Security (CUES) political action committee has spent almost $90,000 on an(…)

Mitchell’s connection to lobbying firm questioned

Mitchell’s connection to lobbying firm questioned

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer In addition to his legislative duties, state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) has been a registered lobbyist and staff member at a public affairs firm, which has led opponents to question his ethics. Since 2011, Mitchell has served as vice president of Conlon and Dunn Public Strategies, led and co-founded by(…)

U. of C. selling Harper Court

U. of C. selling Harper Court

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago has listed Harper Court for sale. The 12-story, mixed-use development was listed with commercial realtor CBRE Group. It includes 224,000 square feet of space and is more than 90 percent leased to retail tenants. As part of the sale the university will sign a 20-year master(…)

Students seek to further regulate U. of C. police

Students seek to further regulate U. of C. police

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Some University of Chicago students are petitioning the school’s police department to act more like a publicly funded force. The Coalition for Equitable Policing marched to the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) headquarters on Friday. They delivered a petition with more than 800 signatures and the support of 10(…)

Dollars pouring into 26th District race: More donate to Christian Mitchell, but Jay Travis gets some heavy hitters, too

Dollars pouring into 26th District race: More donate to Christian Mitchell, but Jay Travis gets some heavy hitters, too

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer As of January 2013, almost $700,000 has poured into the race for Illinois’ 26th District House seat — and that’s excluding donations to unaffiliated political action committees. An analysis of campaign donors reveal the interests that may command political attention should either candidate win, as well as a big fundraising(…)