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Crime rises slightly higher in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer In May of last year the Chicago Police Department 2nd District received new leadership. Former Commander Fred Waller was transferred from the 2nd District to the Auburn-Gresham Neighborhood. Terence Williams took his place and implemented a tough-on-crime, broken windows approach to policing in the area. “We want to be aggressive(…)

Kenwood principal: Varsity basketball coach fired

Kenwood principal: Varsity basketball coach fired

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Jim Maley was fired from his position as head coach of the Kenwood Academy High School varsity basketball team Friday. Parents said they were shocked by the decision because Maley was a coach who cared about the academic and social emotional well being of the team members. Greg Jones,(…)

Mitchell resists challenger Travis’ debate invitations

Mitchell resists challenger Travis’ debate invitations

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) has declined two chances to debate Jay Travis — but says he is open to the possibility. “I look forward to these opportunities,” Travis said of planned March 1 and March 6 debates, in a Feb. 21 press release. But Mitchell decided to skip Saturday’s(…)

Monarch butterflies star in new MSI movie

Monarch butterflies star in new MSI movie

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer When monarch butterflies leave the Midwest every year, millions of them head to a small place in Mexico that was hidden until 1976. A new movie showing in the Omnimax theater at the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., explores the story of how it was(…)

Panel faults UCPD actions 

Panel faults UCPD actions 

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A year after the University of Chicago Police Department arrested four people advocating for a trauma care center, the committee established to determine suitable practices has released its decisions. The Ad Hoc Committee on Protest and Dissent released its findings last month in a seven-page document with recommendations for how(…)

“Hedda Gabler”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe When: through April 6 Tickets: $35-$70 Phone: 847-242-6000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If you’re used to seeing “Hedda Gabler” with a Victorian aesthetic, reliance on subtext, and plenty of suppressed emotion, the production at Writers Theatre will come as something of a shocker. Sharply directed by(…)

Hyde Park businesses head to campus

The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its First Thursday networking session from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on March 6, at Ida Noyes Hall’s third floor theater, 1212 E. 59th St. The event highlighting chamber members will be hosted by the U. of C.’s student newspaper, The Chicago Maroon, and will be sponsored(…)

Early voting started for primary elections

Early voting started for primary elections

Early voting for the Illinois primary began Monday and will continue through Sunday, March 15. Registered voters in the City of Chicago will be able to cast an early ballot at any one of its 51 polling stations. All stations are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays. Three stations will also(…)

Local Gilbert and Sullivan fans, get ready

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company will sail into Hyde Park this week on the bow of the “H.M.S. Pinafore.” Before the opera company presents its eighth production of the W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan opera poking fun at unqualified people in positions of authority, the company will present “The(…)

Hairston finds budget solutions

Hairston finds budget solutions

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) discussed last week how the ward’s discretionary funds would be spent in the aftermath of its short-lived participatory budgeting (PB) program. In 2012, the ward became the fourth in the city to implement PB, a process by which constituents vote on how to spend the area’s(…)

La Rabida is a Hyde Park gem

To the Editor: It was with great pleasure that we read your article about the opening of the rebuilt outpatient center at La Rabida Children’s Hospital. The center has been transformed into a modern, energy efficient (applying for LEED Certification), well-equipped health center. It was attended by scores of caring and concerned public and community(…)

Why is Burns giving MAC freebies?

To the Editor: The most interesting agenda item at the Feb. 18 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council meeting was not even on the agenda. I refer to the proposal, supported by Ald. Will Burns (4th), to allow MAC Properties to use two parking spaces (36 feet of curb space) on Kenwood just north of 53rd(…)

LSC election filing extended

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced that it has extended its Local School Council (LSC) election candidate-filing deadline from Feb. 26 to March 14. There are still candidate vacancies at every school in Hyde Park. The LSC is an elected group, made up of six parents, two teachers, one non-teaching(…)

Ross clothing to open soon

Ross clothing to open soon

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Ross Dress for Less will open on 47th Street this week in the space formerly occupied by grocers the Hyde Park Co-Op and Michael’s Fresh Market. This will be the first store in the city of Chicago for Ross, a discount clothing retailer in the same market as TJ Maxx(…)

Currie taking election easy

Currie taking election easy

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) is one of 588 candidates running in this year’s Illinois primary election. But with less than two weeks to go until ballots are cast, the well-funded 18-term legislator is nearly guaranteed to win. The Illinois House Majority Leader — who has held office since(…)

CPS seeking broker to sell Canter

CPS seeking broker to sell Canter

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) issued a request for proposals (RFP) today to real estate brokers that are interested in handling the sale of Canter Middle School and several other schools across the city that are or will soon be closed. The invitation, which was released by CPS Wednesday morning,(…)