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Budget is our first job as politicians

By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE (D-25) The news reports from the state capital are confusing and complicated. It’s pretty clear that there’s an impasse between the legislature and Gov. Bruce Rauner, between Democrats and Republicans. The impasse means that there is no budget in place for the next state budget year. The first and(…)

Bill to reform police in Illinois is important advance in moment of delays

By STATE REP. CHRISTIAN MITCHELL (D-26) Most of the recent news coverage of Springfield has focused on the budget firestorm between Governor Rauner and the Democrats – and rightfully so. Passing a fair budget that protects our state, invests in our future and meets our financial obligations is the most important job of the legislature.(…)

Springfield bipartisanship is alive and well

By STATE SEN. KWAME RAOUL (D-13) Less than a month from operating without an agreed-upon budget, as vicious rhetorical attacks mount, Illinois state government causes many of us to wonder, “Why can’t they all get along?” And why put partisan bickering ahead of the public good? There’s another side to this story. At the end(…)

Benefit concert supports St. Thomas The Apostle Church

Resurrection Music Series Presents Eine Kleine Sommermusik, a fundraising benefit concert to support the music at St. Thomas The Apostle Church. The concert will feature selections by Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Strauss, including performances by Emily Birsan, soprano; Bernardo Arias, violin, and Luciano Laurentiu, piano. The concert will start at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June(…)

Hyde Park exhibits reflect range of local culture

Hyde Park’s diverse cultural offerings are on display in two very different exhibits in neighborhood institutions. Work by more than dozen artists exploring the themes of science and the cosmos is being displayed at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 South Cornell Avenue. The exhibit, entitled “Cosmosis,” will run through August 23. Relics from Cairo’s(…)

Make Music Chicago Chicago returns to Hyde Park

Make Music Chicago welcomes the Summer Solstice with a full day of music at multiple locations. Here is the list of venues for Hyde Park: • Harper Court Shopping Center, northeast corner of 53rd Street and Harper Avenue, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., scheduled and walk-up performances; • Midway skating rink, 1130 E. Midway Plaisance,(…)

Hyde Park school groups work together to map assets

Hyde Park school groups work together to map assets

By Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writer The Hyde Park Kenwood Community Action Council is working in partnership with University of Chicago education policy student group Block 58 to create an asset map for parents with school-aged children. Shaz Razul, director of community programs at University of Chicago (U. of C.) and member of the HP-K(…)

Nothing will rain on Joan’s parade

Nothing will rain on Joan’s parade

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Joan’s Studio for The Performing Arts closed its doors on June 5, after serving the Hyde Park community for more than 20 years. Joan Steggemann, the owner and founder of Joan’s Studio, first opened up shop in January 1995. “I hoped that this institution would give kids an appreciation for(…)

Ray and Shoesmith elementary schools prepare for student transitions

Ray and Shoesmith elementary schools prepare for student transitions

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer As Ray and Shoesmith elementary schools prepare for a third transition of students from 6th to 7th grade, the school’s leaders have learned from the difficulties of past years and are putting preliminary plans in place to create a smooth transition. Sabrina Gates, principal at Shoesmith, 1330 E. 50th(…)

A sister’s love launches show

A sister’s love launches show

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer There are two things that mean a lot to Akiba Schechter Jewish Day School student Shaina Grossman: her 8-year-old brother Spencer and dance. When it came time to choose her good deed project, which is a part of her upcoming Bat Mitvah, the 12-year-old chose to use her two(…)

Delivery service, DoorDash, expands into Hyde Park

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer A new Palo Alto-based tech company specializing in food delivery is expanding into the Hyde Park community. DoorDash, a two-year-old Sequoia-backed company headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., uses advanced technology to optimize the delivery process. Starting Monday, June 22, DoorDash is bringing their restaurant delivery service to the South Side,(…)

Chicago teachers rally, highlight union needs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Thousands of teachers gathered for a Chicago Teachers Union-led rally on June 9 downtown at the Thompson Center for what they called a Rally for A Just Chicago and Fair Contract. Hyde Park has been affected by school closings and other actions just as the other schools in the(…)

Hyde Parkers get real estate savvy

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Understanding the real estate investing market can be overwhelming and challenging for many people who want to dive into this potentially lucrative field. In the heyday before the recession, average investors could dive into the real estate investing market with little upfront capital and rehab properties that they could turn(…)

Two successful seasons brought to a close in Hyde Park

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic When you can see summer coming without resort to squinting, you also know that the music season is coming to a close. Two performing groups with strong Hyde Park support, Baroque Band and the Chicago Ensemble, have both given their final performances of the 2014-15 season and both were(…)

Review: “The Secret Garden”

RECOMMENDED Where: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. When: through June 21 Tickets: $45-$65 Phone: 773-753-4472 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic “The Secret Garden” has never been one of my favorite shows. Marsha Norman (book and lyrics) and Lucy Simon’s (music) 1991 musical based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 children’s novel has always struck me(…)

DuSable Museum to host outdoor movies

The DuSable Museum of African American History is pleased to present the 2015 edition of the Chicago Park District’s “Movies In The Parks” beginning Saturday, June 20, and ending on Saturday, August 15. The museum will present screenings of popular, family-friendly films in addition to an invitation to experience the DuSable Mobile Museum. The films(…)

Grants and kudos in Hyde Park school news

Grants and kudos in Hyde Park school news

Urban Education Institute professor receives prestigious teaching award at University of Chicago, 5801 S. Ellis Ave. Sara Ray Stoelinga, the Sara Liston Spurlark Director of the Urban Education Institute, has won the University of Chicago’s Quantrell Award. The award is given annually to faculty members for outstanding teaching at the college and is considered the(…)

End of an era at Dyett High School

End of an era at Dyett High School

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer As of Herald press time, the last graduating class of the phased-out Dyett High School was slated to graduate Tuesday morning at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. All 13 seniors were accepted into college and three of the students received full or partial(…)

Thanks to all who helped out Bret Harte

To the Editor: We would like to publicly thank all of the community members who supported the Bret Harte 8th graders as we traveled to Washington, D.C., this spring. This is the first year that Bret Harte has had an 8th grade due to the school actions in the last few years and the administration(…)

Crash drives home need for trauma center

To the Editor: Today a terrible automobile accident took place right in front of our building in Hyde Park. A car driving at high speed veered off the inner drive, jumped the curb, narrowly missed a light pole and then crashed directly into a large tree. Part of the front of the car wrapped itself(…)