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Valaparaiso University expanding Hyde Park site

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Valparaiso University will expand its presence in Hyde Park next January. Since January 2013, the Indiana school’s first satellite campus, Valparaiso University of Chicago, has been offering graduate classes for its Master in Health Administration out of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 E. 55th St.(…)

Wright B&B forum

The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference will host an informational meeting next week on the proposal to renovate two Frank Lloyd Wright houses into a bed-and-breakfast. HP-K CC has officially taken no position on the proposal but will host a panel of experts on architecture, Kenwood, zoning and licensing, and the current state of the homes.(…)

Becker-Friedman workers go inside

Becker-Friedman workers go inside

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The exterior work on the future Becker-Friedman Institute for Research in Economics has been completed. Construction will now focus on the interior renovation. The former Chicago Theological Seminary, 5757 S. University Ave., has been renovated to add a slate roof, improve energy efficiency and clean the exterior bricks. The institute(…)

Crains features locals with a future

Crains features locals with a future

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Crain’s Chicago Business named several Hyde Parkers and those connected to the neighborhood among its 40 most notable Chicagoans under 40 years old. Dave Cocagne, CEO of Vermilion Development, was named to the list for the work his company did building Harper Court. Sameer Badlani, who oversees informatics at the(…)

Kiss – ’N – Go coming to Ray

Kiss – ’N – Go coming to Ray

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School has created a new student drop-off and pick-up route called “Kiss – ’N – Go” to reduce traffic confusion before and after school. The new system, which was implemented Monday, requires parents with children in kindergardeners through 4th grade to drop their children off on 56th(…)

Hyde Park candidates file for Illinois primary

The Illinois State Board of Elections has released a final list of candidates whose names will appear on the ballot in the state’s March 18 primary. The roster, released last week after the Dec. 2 deadline to file, features 11 candidates who will run in districts including the Hyde Park and South Kenwood neighborhoods: In(…)

La Rabida seeks aid

La Rabida seeks aid

This holiday season, La Rabida Children’s Hospital and the Hyde Park Herald are teaming up to support some of the neediest families that make use of the hospital’s award-winning facilities. An estimated 94 percent of the hospital’s net patient revenue comes from Medicaid and does not begin to cover the costs expended to care for(…)

Open Produce features art

Open Produce features art

By JENNET POSEY Herald Intern A new art exhibit featuring paintings by local artists Sandra Morrissey and Emily Bennett is on display through the month at Open Produce, 1635 E. 55th St. Morrissey, a Hyde Park resident, focuses her work on landscape paintings inspired by the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Michigan. She uses a playful(…)

U-High dominates over Elgin Academy, 74-24

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer After finishing 9-2 in last year’s Independent School League conference, the 4-0 University High Maroons boys basketball team stormed into conference play on Friday night with clear intentions: to dominate conference foes Elgin Academy (0-1, 2-2) in their home opener on John Rogers Court. “We understood coming into this game the importance of not playing to(…)

Kenwood wrestling begins season with a strong victory

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer The Kenwood Broncos wrestling team defeated the DuSable Panthers 27-24 in a round-robbin match held at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., on Saturday afternoon. The Broncos were excited to kick off their first match of the season and were looking to make a statement against the Panthers. “Our goal is to finish first in the(…)

Why I pushed the pension bill

By STATE SEN. KWAME RAOUL (D-13) A legislator’s test of courage is not the 90 percent of votes that are easy, but the 10 percent that are not. The solvency of our pension funds, our declining bond rating, the quality of public education, essential state services and yes, the promises Illinois has made to its(…)

Raoul, Currie weigh in on controversial pension bill they helped to pass

Raoul, Currie weigh in on controversial pension bill they helped to pass

By JEFFERY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor When Gov. Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 1 Thursday, he capped a years-long debate in the Illinois legislature over how to address the state’s pension crisis — with the help of Hyde Park’s elected officials. Beginning this year, Illinois’ unpaid debt to its public employee retirees amounted to(…)

Objections to Pritzker bed and breakfast ignore track record

Objections to Pritzker bed and breakfast ignore track record

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Although Kenwood residents recently objected to a plan that would restore two aging Frank Lloyd Wright houses and turn them into a bed-and-breakfast, there have been B&Bs in the neighborhood for years. Many people at a 4th Ward meeting last month complained that a B&B would be a commercial enterprise on(…)

CPS is MIA for Canter meeting

CPS is MIA for Canter meeting

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park’s new schools chief received a grilling after disgruntled community members were stood up, Wednesday evening, by Community Action Council (CAC) representatives for an information session. The residents are taking steps to move forward in their efforts to keep Canter Middle School open. At a CPS board meeting(…)

First Unitarian holds holiday event

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., will host its second annual Green Holidayze Bazaar this weekend. The holiday fundraiser sale, featuring donations to the church ranging from clothes to decorations, baked goods and a tea room cafe, will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on(…)

Free school gaining steam

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Another inquiry session for the Chicago Free School will take place in Hyde Park next month. Educator Lauren Beitler is interested in launching a school that emphasizes a democratic process in the neighborhood. Beitler, who is a graduate of the University of Chicago Urban Education Initiative program, will host(…)

Review: “Appropriate”

RECOMMENDED Where: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through Dec. 8 Tickets: $20-$60 Phone: 773-871-3000 Everyone behaves inappropriately in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins “Appropriate” at Victory Gardens Theater, and they also attempt to appropriate evidence of a horrific history for their own ends. The playwright, too, could be accused of appropriation: He’s a young African(…)

TIF meeting cancelled

This month’s 53rd Street TIF advisory council meeting has been cancelled, according to the South East Chicago Commission (SECC). For more information and updates, call the SECC at 773-324-6926 or visit secc-chicago.org.

U. of C. owes schools for Harper Court TIF $

To the Editor: Now that the University of Chicago has taken direct ownership of the Harper Court project structures (it has owned the land, through its real estate development arm, for some time), we are faced with the undeniable fact that the $23.4 million TIF subsidy for this development was for the university’s benefit. Half(…)

Happy to see changes on 53rd Street

To the Editor: At 69 years of age, I’m happy to see improvements to our shopping options. Without a car, I am frequently on 53rd Street visiting my old favorites Kimberly Lee and Supreme. Recently I’ve added Comfort Me to my list of places to shop. My cousin and I visit the theater once a(…)