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Community talks on Academic Center move to begin at next Community Action Council meeting at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The first of a series of community discussions about Kenwood’s 7th and 8th grade Academic Center moving to the 4959 S. Blackstone Ave. building that once housed Canter Middle School will take(…)

In victory for advocates, U. of C. trauma  center to raise age limit

In victory for advocates, U. of C. trauma center to raise age limit

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Medical Center will raise the age of patients who can be admitted to its pediatric trauma care center to include children up to 17 years old. The trauma center at Comer Children’s Hospital, 5721 S. Maryland Ave., is the only level 1 trauma center on the(…)

Amid a Hyde Park retail boom, two local entrepreneurs head west

Amid a Hyde Park retail boom, two local entrepreneurs head west

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer One month ago, while several new pop-up shops were opening in University of Chicago storefronts along 53rd Street, two local entrepreneurs swooped into a retail space on the other end of the neighborhood. On Saturday, Nov. 8, Nancy Jackson and Gwen Pruitt, both residents of the 4800 block of South(…)

Alderman Leslie Hairston still calling for $15 minimum wage

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Alds. Leslie Hairston (5th) and Will Burns (4th) both voted last Tuesday to raise Chicago’s minimum wage to $13, but Hairston said it’s not enough. Tuesday’s 44-5 vote ensured Chicago’s $8.25 minimum wage will rise to $10 by July 2015 and 50 cents every year through 2019, when it reaches(…)

Protest of Ferguson and Eric Garner jury decisions brings Hyde Park traffic to a standstill

Protest of Ferguson and Eric Garner jury decisions brings Hyde Park traffic to a standstill

Protesters at the intersection of 55th Street and Woodlawn Avenue, Thursday afternoon. – Owen M. Lawson III By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A massive crowd protesting police brutality and racial injustice brought traffic to a standstill at the intersection of 55th Street and Woodlawn Avenue this afternoon. Protesters reacting to recent news that the white(…)

Hadiya Pendleton’s relatives to present at U. of C. human rights event this Friday

Relatives of late Kenwood teenager Hadiya Pendleton will speak at the University of Chicago chapter of Amnesty International’s “Write for Rights” event from 4:30 to 8 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 5 at McCormick Tribune Lounge, 5706 S. University Ave. Every December, Amnesty International invites the public to write letters advocating for its selected list of human rights(…)

Friends of the Parks say Obama library plans endanger Washington, Jackson parks

Friends of the Parks say Obama library plans endanger Washington, Jackson parks

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Jackson and Washington parks are among the ten most endangered parks in Chicago. On Tuesday, Nov. 25, Friends of the Parks (FOTP) released its Top Ten Watch List of Endangered Parks and Open Spaces, the first list of its kind for the 40-year-old advocacy group. FOTP gave Jackson Park its(…)

Chicago’s brand-new futuristic data sensors to debut in Hyde Park

Chicago’s brand-new futuristic data sensors to debut in Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park will be home to some of the city’s first data sensors, as part of a partnership between Argonne National Laboratory and the Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology. The University of Chicago will receive in total around a dozen of the curved, rectangular sensor nodes, which will be(…)

Choir to perform candlelit Christmas concert at Augustana Lutheran Church

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Augustana Lutheran Church will host a holiday concert by Chicago Choral Artists at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 5. “A Candlelight Christmas” will feature a capella works by around 12 composers centuries apart from each another, ranging from Tomas Luis de Victoria and Trevor Patrick Watkin to George Frideric Handel(…)

Local artists to sell work at Annual Crafts Open House this weekend

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The 43rd Annual Crafts Open House, a local tradition showcasing area artists’ work, will return to Kenwood this Saturday, Dec. 6. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Hutchins House, 4810 S. Ellis Ave., featuring a group of eight mostly Chicago- and Hyde Park-area artists(…)

Hales Franciscan High School unveils “urban food forest”

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hales Franciscan High School partnered with the Chicago Wisdom Project to create an urban food forest that was recently dedicated on the school’s campus. Since the summer, students from Hales, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave., and staff and volunteer members from Hyde Park-based Chicago Wisdom Project have worked together(…)

Holiday art sale to raise funds for Hyde Park Art Center classes and students

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Art students will sell their work at a fundraiser running this Friday, Dec. 5, through Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC). The HPAC tradition will feature anywhere from 25 to 50 artists from the center’s classes, according to Director of Education Mike Nourse. Art on sale(…)

Facebook post on U. of C. student’s page not work of hacker

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Facebook posting that appeared to be racially motivated and that led to a federal investigation last week was not the work of an illegal hacker. University of Chicago Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services Karen Warren Coleman wrote, in a letter sent out to the entire faculty,(…)

Free weekend trolley to give Hyde Park shoppers a lift this holiday season

Free weekend trolley to give Hyde Park shoppers a lift this holiday season

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A trolley will help shoppers traverse the neighborhood through the holiday season beginning on Black Friday. Hyde Park’s Special Service Area (SSA) is funding the pilot program. An SSA is an additional property tax an area, usually a business district, levied on itself for the purposes of promoting business. The(…)

Fifth Ward aldermanic candidate Robin Boyd-Clark is all business

Fifth Ward aldermanic candidate Robin Boyd-Clark is all business

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer South Shore business owner Robin Boyd-Clark is touting her community involvement and entrepreneurial experience to convince 5th Ward voters she should be alderman. Boyd-Clark is one of several ward residents who has expressed interest in the office in the run up to this week’s deadline to file petitions to run(…)

Dozens of dying ash trees at Midway Plaisance to be replaced

Dozens of dying ash trees at Midway Plaisance to be replaced

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Chicago Park District will replace more than 100 dying ash trees along the Midway Plaisance with new species next spring. The city began felling 102 of the park’s ash trees last summer because of an infestation of emerald ash borer beetles, according to CPD spokesperson Jessica Maxey Faulkner. “The(…)

State Sen. Kwame Raoul awaits appeal after pension bill ruled unconstitutional

The Sangamon County Circuit Court ruled Friday that last year’s pension reform bill is unconstitutional. The ruling comes shy of a year since Gov. Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 1 into law, controversial legislation that raised state employee retirement ages, cut employee contributions and tied pension benefit increases to inflation with the aim of saving(…)

Murray Elementary parent part of new group pushing for high school language academy

Murray Elementary parent part of new group pushing for high school language academy

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Murray Elementary School is one of four language academies in Chicago that offers language courses such as Arabic, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Japanese and Spanish as a part of its daily curriculum. A group of parents and educators whose students attend language academies have now proposed a Chicago Language(…)

Feds to help investigate racist Facebook post at University of Chicago

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Federal authorities are helping the University of Chicago investigate after someone anonymously hacked into a student’s Facebook account and posted a violent and racist message last Tuesday. This comes on the heels of a student group alleging the university has a campus culture that is hostile to minority students. President(…)