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Leslie Hairston
Leslie Hairston

Police Say More Cops, Traffic Stops Coming To University Of Chicago Campus — But Students Ask: Will That Make Us Safer?

After two murders and gunfire near the University of Chicago campus Nov. 9, the city and university have set a clear focus on boosting policing and surveillance.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

More Police, Surveillance Cameras Coming To Hyde Park After South Side’s ‘Downtown’ Shot Up, 2 Killed In Separate Incidents

UChicago Police will immediately increase its off-campus presence, officials said. "We're not going to police ourselves out of this. We're not going to program ourselves out of this. It takes a bunch of work," Ald. Leslie Hairston said.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Dine-In Cinema, Bowling Alley And Creole Restaurant In South Shore Now Eyeing 2023 Opening

Developer Alisa Starks said the entertainment center will be done by November 2023 at the latest, eight years after project plans leaked.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

$3 Million Project To Replace Century-Old Water Mains In South Shore Kicks Off In October

Residents along 67th and 69th streets and Cornell, East End and Ridgeland avenues will see temporary water shutoffs, traffic closures and parking restrictions while the pipes are replaced.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Obama Presidential Center Breaks Ground With Former President And First Lady In Chicago

Plans for the project in Jackson Park have sparked complex debates about housing, displacement, land use, historical preservation and more among nearby residents.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Buffered Bike Lanes, Metra Fencing And Smoother Roads Coming To South Shore’s 71st Street

The improvements are part of a year-long project to beautify 71st Street in South Shore and make it safer for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Push To Ban No-Knock Search Warrants, Pointing Guns At Kids During Raids Debated By Chicago Police Officials, Aldermen

One proposal would eliminate no-knock warrants and require police officers to wait at least 30 seconds after knocking and announcing themselves before entering a home to execute a search warrant.

Citywide

Hyde Park Is Hiring With Job Fair Tuesday At Harper Court

About two dozen local businesses need people for retail and restaurant positions.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Movie Studio Pitched By ‘The Chi’ Producer Will Transform South Shore And Chicago’s Film Industry, Developers Say

Regal Mile Studios aims to bring a state-of-the-art studio to a 6.5-acre site in South Shore — and to train young Black and Brown people to work in the industry.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Aldermen Who Rep Obama Center Neighborhoods Sit Out Press Conference, Say Mayor Must Ensure South Siders Get Construction Jobs

The mayor and governor didn't discuss how they'd employ local residents for the infrastructure projects ahead of the center's groundbreaking. "So why am I there?” Ald. Jeanette Taylor asked.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

South Siders Keep Pushing For Housing, Employment Near Obama Center Site: ‘We Want To Make Sure This Is Something That Works’

Organizers and aldermen have a laundry list of protections they want to ensure before the Obama Center's planned opening in Jackson Park.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Council Tensions Linger Over Lightfoot’s Ongoing Battle Against ‘Aldermanic Prerogative’

Although some aldermen say little has changed since Lightfoot sought to limit aldermanic veto power, others are pushing back. “Unfortunately what we’ve seen so far is much worse: mayoral prerogative," one alderman said.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Hyde Park Neighbors Struggle To Find Solution As Noise, Fireworks Persist Along Lakefront

East Hyde Parkers have been divided on how to quiet the noise. Some want to close the park earlier and increase police presence, while others want to keep the park open and find alternatives to policing.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

City Lifts Hold On Tearing Down Jeffery Theater, But Developer Doesn’t Plan To Demolish Immediately

City law delays permits to tear down historically significant structures, but the hold on Jeffery Theater expired in late May.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

With Summer Fest Canceled, South Shore SSA Floats Ideas To Prop Up Businesses Hard Hit By Coronavirus

Ideas for $123,000 in available funds include a delivery service, a website promoting businesses and paying restaurants to feed first responders.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

South Shore Water Shutoff Moved To Sunday Night After Neighbors Complain

The shutoff is now scheduled to begin at a less obtrusive time — 11 p.m. Sunday — and will only affect residents on 70th Street from Oglesby to South Shore Drive.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Water Shutoffs To Hit South Shore Thursday As Crews Replace Water Main

Residents on portions of Oglesby Avenue, 70th Street and South Shore Drive will have their water cut off 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Woodlawn Residents, City Officials Call For Quick Action To Protect Affordable Housing Near Obama Center

Neighbors at Tuesday's meeting on the city's affordable housing proposal for Woodlawn held a variety of opinions, but many agreed a plan of action needs to be decided soon.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Hairston To Hold Meeting On City’s Woodlawn Housing Ordinance Tuesday

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Hyde Park High School, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave.

City Says Woodlawn Residents’ Concerns Shaped Proposed Housing Ordinance, But Much Of Their Feedback Isn’t Public Yet

A Housing Department spokesperson said officials hope to post feedback gathered during the city's closed-door working group meetings by next week.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore
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