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Hyde Park Cats gains non-profit status

Hyde Park Cats gains non-profit status

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park Cats recently achieved a 501(c)(3) status, making it a tax-deductible nonprofit organization. The group has placed more than 500 felines in permanent homes since its founding in 2008. It traps and gives medical care, including spaying or neutering, to feral or abandoned cats in Hyde Park. Cats that(…)

Logan Center’s inaugural curator leaves for Europe

Logan Center’s inaugural curator leaves for Europe

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer After two years serving as the Logan Center’s inaugural visual arts program curator, Monika Szewczyk is leaving the University of Chicago for Athens, Greece. Szewczyk will join a panel of curators for a 2017 European exhibition of contemporary art, “Documenta 14.” During her time at the Logan Center, 915 E.(…)

Locals blast CPS plans for Dyett High School

Locals blast CPS plans for Dyett High School

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) Friday for a new high school in the current Dyett High School building. The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School said the type of school CPS is seeking to put in place is not the right fit for the(…)

U. of C. officials address diversity after students make demands

U. of C. officials address diversity after students make demands

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer University president and provost Robert Zimmer and Eric Isaacs released a joint letter earlier this month regarding diversity on campus. The letter came after student demand for a study and changes regarding racial and cultural diversity, as well as sexual assault and violence on campus. In response to student and(…)

A voting rights victory

By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE (D-25) I am thrilled that the General Assembly approved my measure to provide an election day fail-safe for Illinois voters. When Gov. Pat Quinn signs Senate Bill 172, our citizens will be able to register and vote in their home precincts on every election day starting in 2015. Last(…)

Mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti talks Hyde Park politics

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Bob Fioretti is staking political positions to the left of Mayor Rahm Emanuel — including on Hyde Park issues — as the 2nd Ward alderman’s campaign to unseat him heats up. Fioretti, a supporter of Bronzeville activist Jay Travis, during her primary bid against state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) last(…)

Hyde Parker Kurt Summers takes on new role as Chicago treasurer, prepares for re-election

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Chicago’s new treasurer is a Hyde Parker with a campaign based in the neighborhood. Goldman Sachs veteran and Harvard Business School graduate Kurt Summers, 35, was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel last October just two days after Stephanie Neely announced her resignation. Three weeks after being approved by City Council,(…)

Central Europe genius on display at CSO

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Manfred Honeck is an Austrian native with deep roots in the central European music scene. His work has included stints in Vienna, Zurich, Leipzig and Stuttgart and he is now the music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Honeck was the guest conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO)(…)