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Mayor Raoul? Not so fast, says Kwame

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) is denying that he is considering a run for mayor. The Sun Times’ Michael Sneed reported an unnamed source said Raoul could be a “bona fide contender” to run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel in February. Raoul denied that was his plan. “I think periodically my(…)

U. of C. searches for new CFO amid another credit downgrade

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Moody’s Investors Services lowered its bond rating on the University of Chicago at the same time the school began looking for a new Chief Financial Officer. Nim Chinniah resigned earlier this month to accept a position at Northwestern University. On Wednesday, Moody’s slightly lowered its rating on U. of C.,(…)

Kwame for mayor? Not so fast, he says

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) is denying that he is considering a run for mayor. Sun Times’ Michael Sneed reported an unnamed source said Raoul could be a “bona fide contender” to run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel in February. Raoul denied that was his plan. “I think periodically my name(…)

“Juno”

RECOMMENDED Where: TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. When: through July 27 Tickets: $35-$48 Phone: 773-281-8463 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Watching the Chicago premiere of “Juno” at TimeLine Theatre Company, it isn’t hard to figure out why composer-lyricist Marc Blitzstein and writer Joseph Stein’s musical based on Sean O’Casey’s 1924 play “Juno and(…)

A trip to South Shore, a journey through the Planets

A trip to South Shore, a journey through the Planets

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Summer in Chicago is a time of free outdoor enjoyment. For classical music lovers, the main venues are Millennium Park and Ravinia. But the South Shore Cultural Center has already had some splendid offerings at no charge. Last week, the Grant Park Orchestra traveled to the South Shore Cultural(…)

Afrofuturism, drones and urban blight at the Logan Center

Afrofuturism, drones and urban blight at the Logan Center

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Blocks from the University of Chicago Law School, where President Barack Obama once lectured, an art installation by saxophonist David Boykin is exploring one of the Hyde Parker’s most controversial strategies to combat terrorism: drones. Set in a room of the first floor of the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th(…)

IIT students propose Obama Library on a wider Garfield Boulevard

IIT students propose Obama Library on a wider Garfield Boulevard

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The architecture students at the Illinois Institute of Technology recently used the possibility of an Obama Presidential Library as a teaching opportunity. Marshall Brown, associate professor of architecture, led a class in the spring semester where students chose a location for the library and designed a space to fit within(…)

Harold Washington Park advisory council forming

Harold Washington Park advisory council forming

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Harold Washington Park Advisory Council held its inaugural meeting Monday night, July 7, at the Del Prado building, 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd. While not enough volunteers arrived to elect an advisory board, Timika Hoffman-Zoller said she hopes to see more neighbors at the next meeting. The committee discussed(…)

New committee, position at U. of C. may signal tougher sex assault stance

New committee, position at U. of C. may signal tougher sex assault stance

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s revised sexual misconduct policy went into effect on July 1. The new approach creates a university-wide disciplinary committee for allegations of student sexual assault or unlawful discrimination. Previously cases were handled by the dean of students. If further disciplinary action was deemed necessary, a committee from(…)

Ald. Will Burns shifts support to $13 minimum wage amid “Fight for 15″ campaign

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A mayor-appointed task force co-chaired by Ald. Will Burns (4th) has called for a $13 minimum wage in Chicago. Since its May formation, the 17-member Minimum Wage Working Group has held five public hearings and reviewed studies detailing the impacts of raising the city’s $8.25 minimum wage. Last Tuesday the(…)

Summer concerts return to Nichols Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The George Franklin Memorial Summer Sunday Concert Series has kicked off its 20th annual program in Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St. The concerts, which began last weekend, will continue to take place at the park from 2 to 4 p.m. every Sunday through Sept. 14. Although the series has(…)

CPS seeks input on proposed 2015 budget

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will hold community hearings across the city Wednesday before making a final vote on its proposed budget for the 2014-2015 school year. The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and a local parents group has scrutinized the amount allocated to neighborhood schools. CPS will hold three Fiscal(…)

Jewish school growing, focusing on latest teaching strategies

Jewish school growing, focusing on latest teaching strategies

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern A Hyde Park-based Jewish after-school and Sunday School program will host workshops for Jewish educators from around the country next month. “Having spent three years working on the tools and strategies for our education approach, we’re ready to start sharing it more broadly,” said Rabbi Rebecca Milder, founder of(…)

Music on the Midway Plaisance

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Today I catch up by reporting on two recent events for which there was insufficient space at the time I heard them to review them immediately. They each happened just off Hyde Park’s Midway Plaisance, but in two very different venues. First, I was tempted to visit the Performance(…)

“Death and the Maiden”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through July 20 Tickets: $40 and up Phone: 773-871-3000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic What would you do if you were abducted, raped and tortured, suffered 15 years of mental anguish as a result of the trauma, then overheard the man you were convinced(…)

Signs for trucks are routinely ignored

To the Editor: The signs up at Hyde Park Boulevard and Kimbark Avenue really do not mean anything. The city of Chicago put up a sign that says no trucks over five tons are allowed — however the Budweiser delivery, Miller Light delivery and paper and produce trucks, along with RFS and several other heavy(…)

Hyde Park does not need to be branded

To the Editor: I was unsure whether to laugh or cry at the news that the new Special Service Area No. 61 is “working on branding the neighborhood,” and that the South East Chicago Commission has already met with two branding companies “whose names could not be disclosed” (the reason for this secrecy was not(…)

Encore thrift is a Hyde Park gem

To the Editor: One fine day in April of 2013, I was strolling to the lakefront to feed the birds and I happened to see a thrift shop on East Hyde Park under the viaduct of the Metra train on the right hand side of the street. The address was 1553 E. Hyde Park Blvd.(…)

Logan Center to host storytellers

The Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., will host ASE: The Chicago Association of Black Storytellers as part of their “Logan Center Family Saturdays” series from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, in the Performance Penthouse. Following the performance, the Logan Center offers free arts and crafts activities. Tickets(…)

Blackstone Library celebrates 75th anniversary of children’s space

Blackstone Library celebrates 75th anniversary of children’s space

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Children’s Library annex of the Chicago Public Library Blackstone Branch celebrated its 75th anniversary June 28 in conjunction with the library’s 110th anniversary celebration. Ald. Will Burns (4th) celebrated with the Children’s annex by reading stories to the children in attendance and inviting them to help him cut(…)