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New space, soaring STEM in school news

New space, soaring STEM in school news

Outdoor Learning Space at The Ancona School, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave. The Ancona School has met its financial goals for phase 1 and phase 2 of its Outdoor Learning Space project. The space will be used as an outdoor classroom and play space for all grade levels at the school. The school was able to(…)

New legislation clears way for Obama library

New legislation clears way for Obama library

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Although officially announced last week, South Siders learned in early May that Obama Library would be built here after the President reportedly thanked Illinois Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Mike Madigan for their efforts. Cullerton and Madigan had pushed for the passage of HB 373, which amended Illinois(…)

After Obama Library decision, South Siders continue to push for trauma center

After Obama Library decision, South Siders continue to push for trauma center

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Though many applauded last week’s announcement that the Obama Library would be built on the South Side, local advocates are still focused on getting a trauma center. The same day the Obama Foundation announced it picked the University of Chicago’s bid for the library, activists for a South Side trauma(…)

Why court was correct

By JAY TRAVIS On May 8, 2015, the Illinois Supreme Court sided with public sector retirees and workers with a unanimous decision that ruled the pension law passed in 2013 unconstitutional. This court ruling honors the promises made to public sector workers and paves the way for a more collaborative process for reaching a solution(…)

The 4th on 53rd parade needs you!

To the Editor: As we embark on the 24th year of the 4th on 53rd Community Parade and Picnic, we wish to express our sincere appreciation for all the community support the 4th receives. To SECC, the Chamber of Commerce and the Hyde Park Herald especially, who are unfailingly generous with both time and money;(…)

No blank check for Obama Library site

To the Editor: Of what value is a public trust doctrine? We park preservationists have long believed that the public park system belongs to all of us — no one person or another has the right to parcel out pieces of open park land. The presidential museum is a private enterprise. You would think that(…)

Library in park not Obama-like

To the Editor: Though I want the Obama Library to be on the South Side, I definitely do not accept placing it on park property. Park property is sacrosanct. Park property is for the people of Chicago to use unimpeded by any person who is to be honored. I do not care if it is(…)

Christian Mitchell is the real thing

To the Editor: Earlier this month, I and many other seniors at Mary Jane Richardson apartments had the great pleasure of spending an afternoon with state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26). I’m writing because I was so struck by what Christian did for us that day. He came to us. He brought services that seniors need(…)