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Help our schools — run for an LSC spot

To the Editor: Elections for the local school councils (LSC) — a governing body of public schools consisting of the principal, two teachers, one non-teaching staff, six parents, two community representatives and, high schools, one student —are drawing near. The application deadline is March 14th and the elections are April 7 and April 8. We(…)

U. of C. selling Harper Court

U. of C. selling Harper Court

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago has listed Harper Court for sale. The 12-story, mixed-use development was listed with commercial realtor CBRE Group. It includes 224,000 square feet of space and is more than 90 percent leased to retail tenants. As part of the sale the university will sign a 20-year master(…)

Students seek to further regulate U. of C. police

Students seek to further regulate U. of C. police

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Some University of Chicago students are petitioning the school’s police department to act more like a publicly funded force. The Coalition for Equitable Policing marched to the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) headquarters on Friday. They delivered a petition with more than 800 signatures and the support of 10(…)

Dollars pouring into 26th District race: More donate to Christian Mitchell, but Jay Travis gets some heavy hitters, too

Dollars pouring into 26th District race: More donate to Christian Mitchell, but Jay Travis gets some heavy hitters, too

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer As of January 2013, almost $700,000 has poured into the race for Illinois’ 26th District House seat — and that’s excluding donations to unaffiliated political action committees. An analysis of campaign donors reveal the interests that may command political attention should either candidate win, as well as a big fundraising(…)

Stand for Children donations to Christian Mitchell spark criticism from opponents

Stand for Children donations to Christian Mitchell spark criticism from opponents

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer 26th District challenger Jay Travis and her top fundraiser, the Chicago Teachers Union, have slammed state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) for accepting tens of thousands of dollars in donations from Oregon-based special interest group Stand for Children. During this election cycle, Mitchell has received $66,000 from Stand for Children —(…)

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(…)