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Mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti talks Hyde Park politics

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Bob Fioretti is staking political positions to the left of Mayor Rahm Emanuel — including on Hyde Park issues — as the 2nd Ward alderman’s campaign to unseat him heats up. Fioretti, a supporter of Bronzeville activist Jay Travis, during her primary bid against state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) last(…)

Hyde Parker Kurt Summers takes on new role as Chicago treasurer, prepares for re-election

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Chicago’s new treasurer is a Hyde Parker with a campaign based in the neighborhood. Goldman Sachs veteran and Harvard Business School graduate Kurt Summers, 35, was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel last October just two days after Stephanie Neely announced her resignation. Three weeks after being approved by City Council,(…)

Central Europe genius on display at CSO

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Manfred Honeck is an Austrian native with deep roots in the central European music scene. His work has included stints in Vienna, Zurich, Leipzig and Stuttgart and he is now the music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Honeck was the guest conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO)(…)

Review: “Burning Bluebeard”

Review: “Burning Bluebeard”

RECOMMENDED Where: The Ruffians at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. When: through Jan. 4 Tickets: $36-$50 Phone: 773-975-8150 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic With all the accolades I heard heaped on The Ruffians’ “Burning Bluebeard” last year, I expected to be blown away by the reprise of the show about the 1903 Iroquois Theatre(…)

Harold Washington Park Advisory Council officially forms

Harold Washington Park Advisory Council officially forms

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Harold Washington Park now officially has an advisory council. A group of around 10 community residents submitted the necessary paperwork to supervisor Ayanna Peters at the park advisory council’s (PAC) Dec. 1 meeting in the lobby of the Del Prado, 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd. The PAC for the park(…)

South Shore best choice for Obama library

To the Editor: The recommended Chicago site for the Obama Presidential Library must be the best that this city can offer — not just on the South Side. Chicago is a world class city. The site for the Obama Presidential Library and Museum must be the most aesthetically beautiful and the most historically and culturally significant. The site(…)

My record of FOIA defense stands

To the Editor: Contrary to your Dec. 10 headline, I do not support secrecy in government. In fact, I was the sponsor of the original Illinois Freedom of Information Act and I have advanced additional improvements to the act over the years. I would never turn my back on our commitment to government transparency and(…)

Murray Language Academy turns 60

Murray Language Academy turns 60

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer On Sunday, Dec. 14, Murray Elementary School turned 60, according to principal Greg Mason. Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., opened in 1954. The school opened partially on Dec. 8 and by Dec. 14 construction on the building was complete and the staff, faculty and students were able to utilize(…)

Kenwood Academy teacher gains National Board Certification

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School teacher Stavroula Sparagis is one of 85 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teacher that received national board certification in 2014. National board-certified teachers endure a rigorous certification process to obtain certification and become lead educators in the industry and their schools. Sparagis is an English teacher(…)

MLK Jr. Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend returns to K.A.M. Isaiah Israel

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer K.A.M. Isaiah Israel will host its sixth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend from Jan. 16 to Jan. 18. This year’s theme focuses on climate change and civil rights, two topics that K.A.M. president Robert Nevel sees as fundamentally linked. “One of the things Dr. King(…)

University of Chicago submits final Obama library bid

University of Chicago submits final Obama library bid

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago submitted its final bid last week to bring the Obama Presidential Library to the South Side. In the run up to the Thursday deadline more details were released about what the university presented to the Obama Foundation, including information on other institutions it would partner with,(…)

B’Gabs Goodies opens new location on 57th Street

B’Gabs Goodies opens new location on 57th Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Vegan restaurant B’Gabs Goodies opened its new location on 57th Street Thursday. B’Gabs’ new space at 1450 E. 57th St. has remained unoccupied since its previous tenant, Caffe Florian, closed in August 2010. B’Gabs’ former Woodlawn location at 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. closed on Oct. 18, according to owner Gabrielle(…)

South East Chicago Commission buys holiday wreaths made by South Side youth

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The South East Chicago Commission recently purchased 70 holiday wreaths from the Love Unity and Values Institute to decorate the neighborhood. The LUV Institute helps at-risk youth by providing paid, part-time jobs during the holiday season. Marquita Sanders, who works with the LUV Institute, said the wreaths will be used(…)

A new law to allow recording of police

You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to an attorney. And in Illinois, you have the right to record police officers. That wasn’t always the case. In March, the Illinois Supreme Court struck down one of the nation’s harshest eavesdropping laws — a statute responsible for the arrest and prosecution of(…)

Hyde Park’s weekend holiday trolley nets 50 riders a day

Hyde Park’s weekend holiday trolley nets 50 riders a day

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer In its first week shuttling shoppers through the neighborhood, Hyde Park’s new business-subsidized trolley served about 50 riders per day. While that number is about half of what program manager Eric Reeves was hoping for, he isn’t discouraged. Black Friday, the traditional start of the Christmas shopping season, was the(…)

Review: “Danny Casolaro Died for You”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. When: through Dec. 21 Tickets: $39-$52 Phone: 773-281-8463 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Two things really bother me about “Danny Casolaro Died for You,” which is having its Chicago premiere (and second production so far) directed by Nick Bowling at TimeLine Theatre Company. The first(…)

Review: “Always … Patsy Cline”

SLIGHTLY RECOMMENDED Where: Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe, 690 N. Glenwood Ave. When: through January 31 2015 Tickets: $29-$34 Phone: 800-595-4849 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Ted Swindley’s “Always … Patsy Cline” takes its title from the “love always” sign-off the country singer used in her letters to uber-fan Louise Seger, but there’s little(…)

Before she lost her head: “Anna Bolena” at Lyric

Before she lost her head: “Anna Bolena” at Lyric

Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Drive When: through Jan. 16, 2015 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic For only the second time in its 60-year history, Lyric Opera of Chicago is presenting Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena.” It’s a long work (this production clocks in at three-and-a-half hours), but one full of engrossing music(…)

Eleven candidates file for 4th and 5th ward alderman

Eleven candidates have filed to run for alderman in the 4th and 5th wards, according to the Chicago Board of Elections. Four candidates have filed to run in the 4th Ward and seven in the 5th Ward. Objections have been filed against two candidates in the 4th Ward and four in the 5th Ward. The(…)