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Marion Elizabeth Roberts, 97

Marion Elizabeth Roberts, 97

Marion Elizabeth Roberts transitioned January 25. After 97 years, she now resides eternally with her God and her ancestors. Roberts was the only child of Mr. Charles Albert and Mrs. Cleo Geraldine Scott, who migrated to Chicago from Topeka, Kansas, more than 100 years ago. Roberts grew up on the south side, living for a(…)

Rauner’s reform agenda won’t work

To the Editor: Despite Gov. Bruce Rauner still holding last year’s budget hostage to his radical, right-wing, proven-not-to-work Turnaround Agenda, he gave his second budget address last week. Nowhere in his speech did the governor present a realistic plan forward. Nowhere did he talk about the struggling college students who may have to drop out(…)

Hold the Term Limits, Give Us More Voters

To the Editor: There is a push in Illinois to pass legislation that introduces term limits on political office. Gov. Bruce Rauner is a proponent of such legislation and Michael Madigan is a prime target of it. But before we go that route, let’s make sure that as many people as possible vote. High voter(…)

Time to reject ‘reform’ rhetoric and demand transformative legislation

To the Editor: Illinois families deserve leadership with the guts to address the state’s structural deficit — and provide real relief to the thousands of constituents who are suffering under Gov. Rauner’s indefensible refusal to pass a responsible budget. We got the usual rhetoric from Rauner in his most recent budget address — while he(…)

Solstice on the Park development plans approved

Solstice on the Park development plans approved

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Solstice on the Park development, designed by Studio Gang, was approved for its most recent proposal at a City of Chicago Planning Commission hearing on Feb. 18. The new proposal featured minor changes to the plans, such as building the 26-story development 33 feet closer to 56th Street and(…)

Gilbert & Sullivan prepare for “Princess Ida”

Gilbert & Sullivan prepare for “Princess Ida”

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An exciting rendition of performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s medieval fairytale “Princess Ida” comes to Mandel Hall in March. The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company will put on three shows by Stage Director, Shane Valenzi, and Music Director, Matthew Sheppard. Valenzi, who is in his second year of directing at(…)

Philip Glass returns to alma mater in residency

Philip Glass returns to alma mater in residency

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Before he stunned an audience at a sold-out concert Feb. 19, composer Philip Glass took some time to sit down and speak about his music and his time at the University of Chicago (U. of C.). On Thursday night, Glass joined in conversation with U. of C. Professor of Composition.(…)

Sudanese sculptor continues to be inspired by life work

Sudanese sculptor continues to be inspired by life work

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Local sculptor, Amir Nour, has lived his whole life through his art, and although in his 70s, he has no plans of halting his creative process. Nour speaks of his many pieces with enthusiasm and appreciation as he shows his many works published throughout the various books that take up(…)

Kenwood High School Broncos advance to city championship

Kenwood High School Broncos advance to city championship

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer For the first time in school history, the Kenwood Broncos Boys basketball team advanced to the 2016 Chicago Public League City Championship game with a 52-51 victory over Red Central conference foes Curie Academy. “I understood we had history on the line and I wanted to do everything in my(…)

4th Ward talks politics of past, looks to better future

4th Ward talks politics of past, looks to better future

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Residents of the 4th Ward and neighboring communities gathered together Monday night to begin the conversation about what they want in their next alderman. On Feb. 1, Ald. Will Burns (4th) announced that he would step down from his position on March 1 to become the senior advisor and director(…)

Shrine of Christ responds to Archdiocese with video

Shrine of Christ responds to Archdiocese with video

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Coalition to Save The Shrine has released a statement and video in response to the Archdiocese’s recent procurement of a demolition permit for the Shrine of Christ the King Church, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave. While the Archdiocese said that it will remain in dialogue with the leadership of Shrine(…)

Drive-by shooting injures two in Hyde Park

Drive-by shooting injures two in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A drive-by shooting near downtown Hyde Park on Sunday, Feb. 21, has left two people hospitalized, according to Chicago police. The incident occurred at approximately 1:15 p.m., when an unknown suspect in a green Jeep Cherokee opened fire on a passing vehicle in the 5300 block of S. Harper Ave.,(…)