Southside alderman speaks out after being indicted

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Ald. Willie Cochran (20th), whose ward includes parts of the University of Chicago campus and Washington Park, is speaking out after being indicted by a federal grand jury with wire fraud, bribery, and extortion. In a written statement on Wednesday, Dec. 14, his attorney Thomas Durkin said that Cochran will(…)

Ancien Cycle hosts Christmas Cool: Charity Show

Ancien Cycle, 1558 E. 53rd St., is hosting its 2nd annual Christmas Cool: Charity Show from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. The show, which will be hosted by Nialand, includes live band performances. Each ticket benefits the “Goody Bag Initiative” which provides essential items for Chicago’s Homeless Community. Advance tickets also include(…)

Southside alderman indicted on corruption charges

Southside alderman indicted on corruption charges

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Ald. Willie Cochran (20th), whose ward includes parts of the University of Chicago campus and Washington Park, was indicted by a federal grand jury with wire fraud, bribery, and extortion. Prosecutors announced news of the indictment Wednesday, Dec. 14. The 15-count indictment alleges that Cochran used money from the 20th(…)

Break-ins at Kimbark Plaza

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Nicky’s Chinese Food and Pearle Vision, two businesses that are located in Kimbark Plaza, 1200 E. 53rd St., were burglarized after midnight, Monday, Dec. 12. According to Chicago Police, the burglar broke into the two businesses around 12:51 a.m., and there was criminal damage to property for both locations. Both(…)

Ancona and 57th Street Books book fair

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Ancona School has partnered with a local business for its annual in-school book fair that runs until Thursday, Dec. 15. This is the first time the book fair at Ancona, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave., has been hosted by 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St., instead of Scholastic Books.(…)

Presidential Artwork Artists work on display at Obama Foundation office

Presidential Artwork Artists work on display at Obama Foundation office

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The Obama Foundation is giving some Chicago artists the opportunity to display their work at the foundation’s Chicago office in Hyde Park, 5325 S. Harper Ct. Artists from Project Onward spent a year creating pieces for the project. The Bridgeport neighborhood -based organization supports adult artists with mental and developmental(…)

Holiday toy giveaway Montgomery Place resident hosts toy giveaway

Holiday toy giveaway Montgomery Place resident hosts toy giveaway

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The holiday season is upon us and a Montgomery Place resident is celebrating the season of giving by making handcrafted toys for the children of employees at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Dr. Bill Barron and his wife Dottie set out his handcrafted wooden toys for display, Tuesday afternoon, Dec.(…)

Hyde Park-Kenwood WhistleSTOP program relaunched

Hyde Park-Kenwood WhistleSTOP program relaunched

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer In September, the Hyde Park Herald wrote an editorial titled “Time to Revive the WhistleSTOP Program,” due to a rash of robberies that took place in the neighborhood during the summer months. On Dec. 10, the WhistleSTOP program was revived with a mini-launch at Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct.,(…)

Objections filed for four candidates in 4th Ward election

Objections filed for four candidates in 4th Ward election

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Since the deadline for candidate nominations for the 4th Ward Alderman special election ended on Nov. 28, five objections have been made to four candidates in response to their nomination papers and petitions. The first hearing in regards to these objections took place on Monday, Dec. 12, at the Board(…)

Mother of Cornell Park shooting victim speaks out

Mother of Cornell Park shooting victim speaks out

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A 33-year-old man was killed last Friday, Dec. 2, in Cornell Park, 5473 S. Cornell Ave. Curtis Nowells was walking in the park with his girlfriend when a black male offender wearing a mask approached him from behind and fired multiple shots before fleeing on foot northbound on Cornell Avenue(…)

LSC members sign petition to stop CPS special ed cuts

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer This year has been a rough one for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) with multiple cuts being made to the budget. CPS recently announced yet another cut, a four percent reduction to special education budgets. Local School Council (LSC) members from across the district wrote a letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel,(…)

Hyde Park institutions make way for holiday giving

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In the hustle and bustle of shopping for holiday gifts and planning extravagant parties, donating items to those less fortunate is a reminder to slow down and remember the true reason for the season. Neighbors have plenty of options to give back this holiday season, whether it is winter clothing,(…)