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Taste of Hyde Park has another successful year

To the Editor: The Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project’s major annual fundraising event, the Taste of Hyde Park, held earlier this month, was again a success, raising slightly more than $10,000 after expenses. More than 100 members and friends of HPTHP enjoyed the opportunity to sample food from 17 area restaurants and other food and drink(…)

Taking a look at the options for easing fiscal crisis

By. ALD. WILL BURNS (4TH) Our city faces a crisis — how to generate the revenue to pay down $34 billion in pension liabilities. Reductions in pension benefits are not enough to close the gap. New and sustainable revenue is necessary to meet these responsibilities. In the midst of this fiscal crisis, many Chicagoans continue(…)

Ray local school council finally free to pick principal after delay

Ray local school council finally free to pick principal after delay

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School local school council chose members for its principal selection committee at its April meeting. The school has been led by an interim principal for about a year after its previous principal was abruptly removed from her post. At the meeting the LSC at Ray, 5631(…)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks input on proposed Jackson Park restoration

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks input on proposed Jackson Park restoration

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has released a feasibility study for a 30-day public review for proposed restorations of Jackson Park. The study is the culmination of discussions between the USACE and the Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC), Chicago Park District and Project 120, a non-profit developing plans(…)

New bike lanes planned for Stony Island

New bike lanes planned for Stony Island

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The City announced in early April that the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will install 20 miles of bike lanes through the summer, including a stretch along Stony Island Avenue between 56th and 63rd streets. The federally funded Stony Island Avenue lanes will not be barrier protected and will instead(…)

Rappers and non-profits team up for youth jobs program and Jackson Park music festival

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Rap artists and native Chicagoans Common and Kanye West have partnered with the Chicago Urban League to create the Chicago Youth Jobs Collaborative. The collaborative will offer year-round jobs to youth and host an annual music festival in Jackson Park. Common and his Common Ground Foundation; Andrea L. Zopp,(…)

Campus panel tackles youth challenges, violence and gangs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer For many young African American males in Chicago, not being a part of a gang is not an option. At a University of Chicago Institute of Politics panel discussion titled “The Chicagoland Lens: A Look at Chicago Public Schools,” held at the Quadrangle Club Thursday evening, University of Chicago(…)

Romeo, wherefore doest thou move?

The Hyde Park Community Players will be moving the venue for their 5th anniversary production of “Romeo and Juliet” this week from Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., to Ida Noyes Hall 1212 E. 59th St. Beginning next weekend through the end of the month, the play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays(…)

Canter site could help Kenwood

To the Editor: No one likes school closures. Make no mistake, they are disruptive, and that has certainly been the case in Hyde Park. Many Hyde Park and Kenwood residents, parents and elected officials opposed the closure of Miriam G. Canter Elementary School last year. In spite of ardent community opposition, the Chicago Board of(…)

K.A.M. gets jazzy for gala event

K.A.M. gets jazzy for gala event

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer KAM Isaiah Israel’s annual fundraiser will celebrate Hyde Park’s jazz roots at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. Tammy McCann and her combo will provide entertainment and WBEZ personality Richard Steele will speak. The focus on the evening will be Hyde Park’s position in the history of jazz. McCann is(…)

Christian Mitchell gets Laurene Jobs donation

Christian Mitchell gets Laurene Jobs donation

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer State Rep. Christian Mitchell’s (D-26) campaign has raked in tens of thousands of dollars since election day, including a large donation from a prominent West Coast billionaire. Illinois Board of Elections records reveal Laurene Powell Jobs, wife of the late Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs, was reported to have donated(…)

A Seder that’s open to everyone

A Seder that’s open to everyone

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer An interfaith Passover Seder will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at the Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS), 1407 E. 60th St. The biennial tradition is being co-sponsored by Jewish renewal congregation Mishkan Chicago and Hyde Park Muslim Family Circle (HPMFC), a community-based religious group. The interfaith Seder will(…)

Salonen shows his skill at CSO

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Last month Esa-Pekka Salonen was awarded the Nemmers Prize in Music Composition by the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University and last week Chicago audiences had a chance to hear him conduct one of his recent works on the podium in front of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Entitled(…)

Review: “Road Show”

RECOMMENDED Where: Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier When: through May 4 Tickets: $48-$68 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s “Road Show” is moving in the right direction. The musical that started as “Wise Guys” (1999), then premiered at the Goodman Theatre as “Bounce” (2003) and(…)

Election results for Hyde Park LSCs

Election results for Hyde Park LSCs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Public elementary and high schools held elections for their local school councils (LSC) last week during report card pick-up day. Many of the schools have a majority of new representatives on their councils. The LSC is an elected group, made up of six parents, two teachers, one non-teaching staff(…)

New group of parents on local school council

New group of parents on local school council

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A group of parents who said they are concerned about the direction in which Ray Elementary School is going have formed a group called “Stand Up for Ray.” The group said its goal is to advocate for less testing, restore playtime and maintain a diverse student population in hopes(…)

Raoul’s pension struggle

Raoul’s pension struggle

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new bill sponsored by state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-16) that would change how city pensions are funded now awaits Gov. Quinn’s signature, following its passage in the General Assembly last week. Senate Bill 1922 would end annually compounded benefit increases and require larger contributions from workers participating in two(…)

Suzuki seeking new location

Suzuki seeking new location

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer At the beginning of the year, Hyde Park Suzuki Institute (HPSI) founder and director Lucinda Ali-Landing received unexpected news. She was told by leaders of the Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park that she would have to move her school out of the church by August 16. Since then,(…)

Summer festival likely ending

Summer festival likely ending

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The popular summer festival that is part of the Celebrate Hyde Park series will very likely be cancelled this year, according to Wallace Goode, executive of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce. At least one of the other two Celebrate Hyde Park festivals will take place this year, he said.(…)