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Woodlawn Residents Push To Maximize Affordable Housing Near Obama Center

The coalition's proposal would create up to 1,000 units of affordable housing in Woodlawn. They estimate that would allow about 3,000 residents to remain in the neighborhood.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

South Siders Can Help Their Neighbors, Get Tested For COVID At MLK Day Food Drive In Hyde Park

A food drive to stock the Love Fridge at Augustana Lutheran Church will take place Monday. Coronavirus testing will also be available.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Chicago Students Return To Classrooms — But Some Already Sent Home To Quarantine: ‘This Whole System Has Been A Mess’

Wednesday marks the first day of in-person Chicago Public Schools classes after five days of cancellations — but not everyone is on board with the return to school.

Citywide

As Most CPS Students Return To Classes Wednesday, Some Parents Plan To Keep Their Kids Home Amid COVID-19 Surge

Though CPS and the teachers union have made a deal, some parents said they don't feel safe with in-person learning yet. "I don’t think we’re gonna be safe for a couple more weeks, to be honest," one mom said.

Citywide

Chicago Parents ‘Fed Up’ With Clashes Between CPS, CTU — And Some Plan To Leave The District

Block Club spoke to parents across the city. Some want kids at home during the COVID-19 surge, and others want kids in schools — but most agree there should have been a plan before this week.

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Bobby Rush Is Leaving Congress After 15 Terms, But He’s Not Retiring. His Next Mission Will Be To Lead His Bronzeville Church

Rush said he will soon endorse a candidate to replace him as 1st District rep in Congress. A crowded field of hopefuls are expected to vie for the seat.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Feds Threaten Up To $800K In Fines After South Side Landlord Lets Water Issues, Pest ‘Infestation’ Linger For Months

Federal housing officials say the owner of the Ellis Lakeview Apartments in Kenwood have failed to provide “decent, safe and sanitary housing.”

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

UChicago Extends Winter Break For Most Students Due To COVID Surge; Will Go Virtual For Two Weeks

The university's winter quarter will now start Jan. 10 for most students and staff, while officials plan a return to in-person classes Jan. 24.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Woodlawn Central Master Plan Would Bring A Hotel, Housing, Arts And Retail To 63rd Street Corridor

Developer J. Byron Brazier and his father, Apostolic Church pastor Byron Brazier, say the sprawling complex will prioritize "established and emerging" Black entrepreneurs and creatives.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Southside Recycling Asks EPA, City Officials To Tour Completed Metal Shredder Ahead Of Permit Decision

With the city expected to decide next month whether to approve the Southeast Side shredder, the company asked the mayor, the city health commissioner and the head of the EPA to see the site.

South Chicago, East Side

After Obama Center Brings Extra Attention, Jackson Park Council Could Make It Harder To Vote On Critical Issues

Under a committee's proposal, members would have to attend twice as many meetings in a year and volunteer at sanctioned events before they could vote.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

State Says South Lakefront Dump Site Can Operate For Another Year As Army Corps Pursues Decades-Long Expansion

The Army Corps of Engineers awaits a decision on its long-term plan to expand the polluted sediment dump, which would delay by at least 25 years a commitment to restore the site as riverfront park space.

South Chicago, East Side

At Woodlawn Vigil Honoring CPS Worker Who Died Of COVID-19, Teachers Say Lack Of Support Is A ‘Slap In The Face’

JonL Bush worked as a special education classroom assistant at Carnegie Elementary School. He was fully vaccinated and had received a booster shot but died from a breakthrough case, his family confirmed.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

‘Choose Hope’ Film Series Highlights Chicagoans Building Up The Neighborhoods They Love

The film series, to be screened Thursday at Siskel Film Center, allows residents of disinvested communities to tell their own stories and "to be heard," a panelist said.

Citywide

Chicago Torture Justice Center Raising Funds To Move To Closed Woodlawn Clinic, Serve Survivors Of Police Violence

The Chicago Torture Justice Center is raising $150,000 to renovate its new home, the former Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic closed by Rahm Emanuel in 2012.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Teachers Union Calls For In-School Vaccines, Testing After Elementary School Staffer Dies Of COVID-19

Classroom assistant JonL Bush died of coronavirus, prompting calls for more vaccine and testing in schools. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said those demands are "not driven by science and data."

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Timuel Black’s Public Memorial Celebrates A Life Of Jazz And Justice: ‘God Granted Him 102 Years … Not For Himself, But For Us’

Timuel Black's massive influence on the city and his love of Black music were on display during a celebration of his life Sunday — two days before he would've turned 103.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Hyde Park Holly-Day Brings Winter Fun To The Neighborhood Saturday

The 2020 edition was canceled due to coronavirus, while this year's event will take place entirely outdoors due to the pandemic.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

With The Obama Center Underway, Residents Say It’s Time To Protect Affordable Housing In South Shore

Organizers are calling on the city to invest at least $63.3 million in programs that assist South Shore renters and homeowners with repairs, housing costs, home purchases and more.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

With ‘Unpredictable’ Lake Michigan, South Shore Residents Say Breakwaters Are Needed To Protect Neighborhood

Neighbors have proposed installing breakwaters, repairing 73rd Street and reinforcing the street and shoreline. The $5 million proposal offers a "cost-effective" solution to flooding and erosion in South Shore, Rep. Curtis Tarver II said.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore
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