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Leslie Hairston

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

City Unveils Scaled-Back Plan For Preserving Affordable Housing Near Obama Center

Woodlawn would be included in the plan, but most of South Shore and Washington Park would not.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

7 Woodlawn Properties Once Owned By Rev. Leon Finney’s Nonprofit Set To Become Affordable Housing

With the complicated Obama Center CBA stalled, the city is taking a smaller step to preserve housing affordability in Woodlawn by purchasing the vacant properties.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Food Desert No Longer: South Shore’s Local Market Opens As Hundreds Of Residents Celebrate

After six years of waiting, South Shore finally has a full-service grocery store in its new Local Market, which brings fresh produce, ready-made foods and packaged goods to the neighborhood.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

South Shore Will Finally Have A Grocery Store When Local Market Opens Wednesday

The new Local Market in Jeffery Plaza will open at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The first 500 customers will receive a free grocery bag of food.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

South Shore Neighbors Must Wait Longer For A Grocery Store After Permit Issues Stall Local Market Opening

The city says it's still waiting on the store's application materials, but a Shop and Save representative says they've submitted everything.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

A ‘Lack Of Hope’ Permeates Chicago’s Cyclist Community After Another Fatal Bike Crash On Stony Island

Lee Luellen, 40, became the second cyclist killed this on a stretch of road where aldermen rejected bike lanes in the past.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Obama Center Community Benefits Agreement Activists Offer Free Breakfast To Neighbors Looking To Learn More This Weekend

"No one wants people to be pushed out, but we all want this center to come."

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

After Years Of Waiting, South Shore Shop & Save Grocery Store Opening In 2 Weeks, Ald. Says

The Jeffery Plaza store is the last of the 15 Chicago Dominick’s shuttered in 2013 to be replaced with another grocer.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Woodlawn Residents Can’t Afford Rising Rents Near Future Obama Center, Study Finds

A Community Benefits Agreement is needed to protect longterm residents from displacement, the UIC study's author said.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

South Shore Nature Sanctuary Is Far From ‘Dead,’ Neighbors Say After Ald. Hairston Pushes To Replace It With Golf Courses

Hairston made the comments at Medinah Country Club, where Tiger Woods — who's backing a plan to remove and replace the sanctuary for a PGA-level course — was prepping for a tournament.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

New Shop & Save Grocery Store On 71st Street Is Hiring And Appears Close To Opening

With the announcement of Thursday's hiring fair at the South Shore Cultural Center, the neighborhood appears on its way to losing its "food desert" status.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore
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