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Three forums planned this week for 4th, 5th ward candidates

Fourth and 5th Ward aldermanic candidates will appear at three forums in the coming week. This Saturday, Jan. 24, Ald. Will Burns (4th) and challengers Tracey Bey and Norman Bolden will attend a forum hosted by the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave.(…)

Review: “H.M.S. Pinafore”

Review: “H.M.S. Pinafore”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: The Hypocrites, The Den Theatre, 1329-33 N. Milwaukee Ave. When: through Feb. 7 Tickets: $36-$50 Phone: 773-525-5991 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If you’re a fan of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas, you should go to The Hypocrites’ “H.M.S. Pinafore” with an open mind, a very open mind. If you’re unfamiliar with the(…)

Final list of aldermanic candidates approved for 4th, 5th wards

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Nine candidates will appear on the ballot for 4th and 5th ward alderman this February. The candidates for 4th Ward alderman will be incumbent Will Burns, Tracey Bey and Norman Bolden. The candidates for 5th Ward alderman will be incumbent Leslie Hairston, Tiffany Brooks, Jedidiah Brown, Robin Boyd Clark, Jocelyn Hare(…)

Logan Center to screen film on Chicago school closures

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The School Project is hosting the second of its six-part screening series on education issues in Chicago at the University of Chicago Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts’ performance hall on Jan. 22. The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research will also release a new(…)

Northern Harmony Quartet warms a winter night

Northern Harmony Quartet warms a winter night

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Vittoria Aleotti (ca. 1573-1646) was one of five daughters of the successful Italian architect Giovanni Battista Aleotti, a resident of Ferrara. Vittoria’s musical talent was recognized early and she was first given private lessons with the accomplished musicians Alessandro Milleville and Ercole Pasquini. Later, at the tender age of(…)

Review: “Airline Highway”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through Feb 8 Tickets: $20-$86 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Lisa D’Amour is no Lanford Wilson. Not yet, at least. Although the world premiere of her “Airline Highway” at Steppenwolf Theatre has been compared to the company’s legendary productions of Wilson’s(…)

South Side Young Life youth group to host chili cook-off

The South Side Young Life organization is hosting “Chili Cook-Off” Jan. 25 from 1 p.m. to 3p.m. at 4524 S. Ellis Ave. Young Life, which has active clubs at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave.; DuSable, 4934 S. Wabash Ave., and the University of Chicago Laboratory High School, 1362 E. 59th St., is a faith-based(…)

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community conference to host 4th, 5th ward forums

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference will host two aldermanic forums this month for 4th and 5th Ward candidates. A forum for 4th Ward candidates will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 24, at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. A 5th Ward forum is(…)

Friends of the White City raises a little cash

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A non-profit group promoting this history of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition raised $650 in an online campaign this winter. Friends of the White City President Ray Johnson admitted it was “a little shy” of the group’s $10,000 goal, but said the the money would fully support his tours of(…)

Lutheran School of Theology to celebrate MLK

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) will host a service and luncheon as part of its fifth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. The Albert “Pete” Pedro Jr. Multicultural Center, located at LSTC, 1100 E. 55th St., will host the Rev. M. Wyvetta Bullock, assistant to the presiding bishop and executive for(…)

Heated twitter exchange captured between Alderman Will Burns, CTU organizer

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) gave a Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) representative the finger via Twitter, according to screenshots shared across the web. The exchange took place late last Wednesday night, according to timestamps from one screenshot, after Will Burns thanked Democrats for Education Reform – Illinois in a tweet for(…)

Fourth and 5th ward aldermanic candidates square off in pair of weekend forums

Fourth and 5th ward aldermanic candidates square off in pair of weekend forums

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL
Staff Writer Fourth and 5th ward candidates made their case last weekend at two aldermanic forums, one in Hyde Park hosted by the Coalition for Equitable Community Development (CECD), and another in South Shore hosted by the Chicago Southside Branch NAACP. CECD Forum Candidates from both wards tackled questions on affordable housing, education(…)

Why I am a candidate

By Norman H. Bolden I was born and raised in the neighborhoods of the 4th Ward. I believe wholeheartedly in the right of all families in the ward to live, work and retire with dignity and fairness. This is why I am running for alderman of the 4th Ward. My father moved to this community(…)

Chicago needs to work harder for Obama Library

Editor’s note: The following letter was e-mailed to Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th). Dear Alderman Hairston, Much of the South Side of Chicago looks like Hamburg, or whatever major German city you prefer, circa 1946, after the worst of the rubble was cleared. These areas are in dire need of development and reconstruction, yet the University of(…)

We’re still fighting Vue53

To the Editor: In your Jan. 7 article about Norman Bolden’s candidacy, there was a statement (not by Mr. Bolden) that the lawsuit brought by neighborhood residents challenging the re-zoning for the university’s Vue53 project — a proposed 13-story high-rise to be built across from Nichols Park — “was later dismissed.” No mention was made(…)

Black Creativity on display at Museum of Science and Industry

Black Creativity on display at Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, will kick off its annual Black Creativity program with a family day on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This annual program highlights the contributions African Americans have made to scientific and creative fields in order to inspire youth to take an interest in science(…)

IVI-IPO endorses Alds. Will Burns and Leslie Hairston for 4th, 5th wards

IVI-IPO endorses Alds. Will Burns and Leslie Hairston for 4th, 5th wards

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO) endorsed both 4th and 5th ward incumbents for alderman on Sunday. The IVI-IPO endorsed Alds. Leslie Hairston (5th) and Will Burns (4th) at an evening endorsement session at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., where select candidates presented and were(…)

Logan Center to screen film on Chicago school closures

Logan Center to screen film on Chicago school closures

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The School Project is hosting the second of its six-part screening series on education issues in Chicago at the University of Chicago Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts’ performance hall on Jan. 22. The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research will also release a new(…)

Alderman Will Burns, Anne Marie Miles open campaign offices in Hyde Park

Alderman Will Burns, Anne Marie Miles open campaign offices in Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Two local aldermanic candidates opened Hyde Park campaign offices Sunday afternoon. Both Ald. Will Burns (4th) and Anne Marie Miles, who is challenging Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), hosted meet and greets from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m that day. Burns’ new office is at 900 E. 47th St. — once(…)

Parents United for Responsible Education staging a comeback?

Parents United for Responsible Education staging a comeback?

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Steve Ross has been named the acting director of Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE). He succeeds founding director Julie Woestehoff, who retired last year. In September, Woestehoff, who had been executive director of PURE since 1995, released an announcement on the organization’s website pureparents.org stating that she was(…)