Study says library will bring revenue into city

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago commissioned a study that determined a Barack Obama Presidential Library on the South Side would be an economic boon to the city. The report was done by Anderson Economic Group and completed last month. It studied the economic activity as a result of the coveted library’s(…)

Trauma center push runs all week

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Trauma care advocates last week held a week-long series of informational sessions, protests, sit-ins and marches to demand a Level 1 adult trauma care center on the South Side. The week of protests brought greater attention to the demand for a Level 1 trauma care center, to treat victims of(…)

Seminary Co-op finds leader

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Board of Directors of the Seminary Co-op Bookstore named Jeff Deutsch as the next director of the bookstore beginning July 1. Deutsch previously worked at the co-op bookstore at Stanford University where he was director of stores since 2012. Before that he ran the Cal Student Store at the(…)

Ray principal finalists don’t include Interim Principal Toni Hill

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Parents and community members were disheartened to see that Ray Elementary School interim principal Antonia “Toni” Hill was not one of the final candidates at the principal screening forum Tuesday evening. The lack of diversity among the panel of candidates was also a concern. The local school council (LCS)(…)

Sam Greenlee, late author of “The Spook Who Sat by the Door,” dead at 83

South Side author Sam Greenlee died May 19, 2014 at the age of 83. Born in Chicago in 1930, Greenlee grew up in Woodlawn. He attended Englewood High School, and then the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the University of Chicago. Following a stint at the U.S. Information Agency, he published his most famous novel,(…)

Woodlawn, Washington Park mull Obama library

Woodlawn, Washington Park mull Obama library

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Residents of Woodlawn and Washington Park say that the Obama Presidential Library would bring jobs, economic prosperity and increased attention to the greater South Side. Many in Woodlawn and Washington Park see the library as a real opportunity to bring economic development to their neighborhood, while finding uses for vacant(…)

Coming flurry of retail action in Hyde Park

Coming flurry of retail action in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer At Earl Shapiro Hall on Monday, May 12 the University of Chicago hosted a neighborhood discussion, the second in as many years, to increase its communication with Hyde Park residents. Among the topics covered were the fact that the U. of C. has turned the street around Harper Court’s office(…)

Trauma center advocates strike again

Trauma center advocates strike again

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Trauma center advocates staged a sit in at a construction site near the University of Chicago Medical Center Monday morning. The Trauma Care Coalition (TCC), an organization of South Side residents demanding that the University of Chicago build a Level 1 adult trauma center on its campus, halted work at(…)

Landscape architect reimagines Olmsted’s Jackson Park, makes pitch for conservancy and nixing golf driving range

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Nearly 40 people packed into the Hyde Park Historical Society, 5529 S. Lake Park Ave., last Monday evening for the first neighborhood appearance by a landscape architect who may shape Jackson Park for years to come. Vermont-based architect Patricia O’Donnell was picked earlier this year by privately-funded non-profit Project 120(…)

Hyde Park teacher who cared for carjacking victim calls for trauma center

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A man who was recently pinned underneath a car following a carjacking in Hyde Park waited 15 minutes for an ambulance to transport him to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment. On Saturday, May 10, around 11 a.m., a 16-year-old boy entered a vehicle that had been left unattended at the(…)

Citing need for trauma care, locals briefly halt medical center construction

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Trauma care center advocates staged a sit in at a construction site by the University of Chicago Medical Center Monday morning. The Trauma Care Coalition (TCC), an organization of South Side residents demanding that the University of Chicago build a Level 1 adult trauma care center on its campus, halted(…)

Ray candidate forum for the public announced

The Ray Elementary School principal candidate’s forum will take place at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 20, in the auditorium at Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. This is an opportunity for Hyde Parkers to meet the final three candidates, according to local school council member Don Willard.

Second City-trained director bringing improv back to Hyde Park

Second City-trained director bringing improv back to Hyde Park

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Improvisational performer and software development executive Dan Friedrich recently purchased office space at East Park Tower. The space will serve as both a software company and an improv theater, said Friedrich. The 4,000-square-foot space, which he has named the “Silicon Gargoyle,” is located on the ground floor of the(…)

Advocates say U. of C. can afford trauma center, presidential library

Advocates say U. of C. can afford trauma center, presidential library

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Some South Siders would like to see the University of Chicago have the Barack Obama Presidential Library, but want a trauma care center first. Advocates on the South Side of Chicago have been lobbying the university to add a Level 1 adult trauma care center to its medical center since(…)

Kenwood Academy hires new basketball coach

Kenwood Academy hires new basketball coach

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Marlo Finner is the new head basketball coach of Kenwood Academy High School. Finner replaced coach Jim Maley, who was terminated from the position, amidst parent protest, in March. Finner became head basketball coach at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., on April 24. Before coming to Kenwood, Finner was(…)

Private funds being raised for Army’s Corps’ $5-10M Jackson Park rehab

Private funds being raised for Army’s Corps’ $5-10M Jackson Park rehab

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Key details about the cost and funding of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) planned restoration of Jackson Park were shared at a public meeting last week. Community members met with representatives from the USACE and Chicago Park District (CPD) last Tuesday to hear about and discuss their five-year,(…)