Former Gov. Quinn signs Barbara Flynn Currie’s bill for 2016 comptroller election

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation this past weekend approving a special election for Illinois comptroller in November 2016. The bill, sponsored in the House by state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25), passed in a special session last Thursday in both chambers of the General Assembly. The Senate voted 37-15 and the House voted(…)

U. of C. Medical Center withdraws plans to expand ER

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Medical Center shelved its plans to build a $36 million adult emergency room. Late Friday afternoon university officials released a statement saying they were pulling the application filed with the Illinois Health Services Review Board in December. The now-abandoned plan would have moved the adult emergency(…)

War of words over Obama library sites in Washington, Jackson parks

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Officials and citizens from across the city spoke out last week in favor of, or in opposition to, using public parkland as a home for the Obama presidential library. The University of Chicago pitched using 21 acres of parkland on the west side of Jackson Park from 59th to 64th(…)

Harold Washington Park Advisory Council plans park rededication day

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Harold Washington Park Advisory Council’s first official meeting focused on evolving plans for a spring celebration in the park. Seven people attended the meeting last Monday at the Del Prado, 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd., including Jackson Park Advisory Council President Louise McCurry, Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference Parks Committee(…)

Chuy Garcia weighs in on Obama Library in Washington Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia said he does not support using public land in Washington Park for the Obama Library. In a statement released Tuesday Garcia, a former alderman and current commissioner on the Cook County Board, said he opposes granting 20 acres of parkland for the Obama Library and(…)

U. of C. defends park use in Obama Library plans

U. of C. defends park use in Obama Library plans

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago included Washington and Jackson parks in its bid to host the Obama Library to present the first couple with a more attractive option than land the school already owns. U. of C. Vice President for Civic Engagement Derek Douglas defended the proposal to members of the(…)

Kenwood High School hosting meeting on expansion into Canter

Kenwood Academy High School will host its second Canter transition meeting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13, in the school’s library. Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., is expanding to relieve overcrowding by moving its 7th and 8th grade Academic Center to 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., the building that once housed Canter Middle School. This(…)

Fourth and 5th ward aldermanic candidates square off in pair of weekend forums

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Fourth and 5th ward candidates made their case last weekend at two aldermanic forums, one in Hyde Park hosted by the Coalition for Equitable Community Development (CECD), and another in South Shore hosted by the Chicago Southside Branch NAACP. CECD Forum Candidates from both wards tackled questions on affordable housing,(…)