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Robert Reich to speak at film showing

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP) will screen the new documentary “Inequality for All” at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Logan Center, followed by a question and answer session with narrator Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton. Also a professor at the University(…)

DuSable’s plans for King

DuSable’s plans for King

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History will kick off its Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration Jan. 17 with a special performance of the musical “A Dream Deferred or a Dream Come True?” Saxophonist Ernest Dawkins, who will be accompanied by poet Khari B., will perform a “Dream(…)

Lab teacher gets award

Lab teacher gets award

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Paul Horton, a history teacher at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, was one of six recipients of the Upton Sinclair Award for service to the field of education this year. Each year, Education News and the Haberman Educational Foundation give the award to recognize leaders in education who(…)

Local Lutherans rethink King Day

Local Lutherans rethink King Day

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Lutheran School of Theology is changing they way they celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Pero Multicultural Center at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago will host a multicultural-themed worship service and follow it with a luncheon discussion. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan.(…)

Hairston closes budget books

Hairston closes budget books

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Ald. Hairston (5th) has ended her ward’s participatory budgeting (PB) program. According to Hairston — the first South Side alderman to give her constituents a choice to vote on how to spend more than $1 million in annual discretionary funds — the decision to put a halt to the district’s experiment(…)

Conference convenes to consider forming CAC

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park – Kenwood Community Council (HP-K CC) Schools Committee is hosting another Community Action Council (CAC) informational meeting on Jan. 8. At the meeting, the community will decide if a CAC should be established in the neighborhood. The CAC meeting will take place from 6 p.m. to(…)

Local friends to history

The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS) has announced the 2014 winners of its Paul Cornell, Marian and Leon Despres Preservation and Jean Block Book awards, which will be presented at its annual dinner on Feb. 22 at the Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St. This year’s Paul Cornell Award winners are: Seth and Kristin Flanders,(…)

Gun laws at the Station

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Experimental Station will present an exhibit addressing the impact of the new Firearm Concealed Carry legislation in Illinois that went into effect on Jan. 1. On July 2, Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons. The law officially went(…)

Deval Patrick to speak at university

Massachusetts Governor and South Side native Deval Patrick will deliver the keynote address at the University of Chicago’s Martin Luther King Celebration at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. Patrick has deep ties to the South Side of Chicago and the Washington Park community, where he(…)

Bobby Rush cash questions 

The Better Government Association recently teamed up with the Chicago Sun-Times to publish a two-part series investigating 2nd District Congressman Bobby Rush’s finances. The four articles cover Rush’s rent on his political office at 3361 S. Martin Luther King Dr., a backlog in owed taxes, the use of $1 million in funds for a planned(…)

Comings and goings on the education beat in 2013

Comings and goings on the education beat in 2013

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Robin Appleby appointed to succeeded David Magill In January 2013, University of Chicago Laboratory School Director David Magill announced that he plans to retire in June 2014. Magill, who has been the director of the schools for about 11 years, said he announced his retirement early so the Lab(…)

A roundup of a hot development year

A roundup of a hot development year

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Harper Court Harper Court opened after years of planning and was sold within a week to the University of Chicago. Top brass from the University of Chicago, Vermilion Development, the City of Chicago, Hyatt Hotels and others that helped fund it cut the ribbon on the $139 million development on(…)

CPS bombshell in 2013

CPS bombshell in 2013

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Public schools in Hyde Park usually make it through the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) school closing announcements unscathed, but this year the neighborhood did not escape. As the district continued its search for ways to make cuts that would lead to a balanced budget, a wider range of schools(…)

2013: Chaka returns

2013: Chaka returns

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chaka Khan, legendary Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and Kenwood Academy High School alum, visited Chicago on July 27 and July 28 to receive honors for more than 40 years of excellence in the music industry. On July 27, Khan visited Hyde Park and was honored in a street naming(…)

2013 a big year for The Ancona School

2013 a big year for The Ancona School

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2013 with special events throughout the school year including a photo exhibit, education symposium and a 50th Anniversary Gala. Photo exhibit The celebration began with the opening of its historical photo exhibit, which included a timeline of the history of Ancona,(…)

Crime in Hyde Park rare and strange in 2013

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer New Commander The Chicago Police Department 2nd District saw a changing of the guards this year. The 2nd District’s new commander Terence Williams told neighborhood residents on in May at Ald. Will Burns’ (4th) ward meeting that he takes a zero tolerance approach to crime. Williams said he takes a(…)

Corruption, jockeying and Axelrod’s return in 2013

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park and Kenwood were a hotbed of political activity in 2013, marked by the opening of the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, state Sen. Kwame Raoul’s (D-16) appointment to Illinois’ Pension Reform Conference Committee and the election of a replacement to the seat of disgraced Congressman Jesse Jackson(…)

Rousing 2013 for retail

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park’s retail environment saw many changes this year, with the completion of the multi-story Harper Court building and Hyatt Hotel. But a slew of notable newcomers — and exits — has made its mark on the neighborhood, including on its two major commercial corridors, 53rd and 55th streets. 55th(…)

“Parsifal” sets sights low

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic I’m sure there was a time when a “God is dead” approach to “Parsifal” would have been both shocking and fascinating. But it turns out you can’t kill God. Artists can’t, anyway. So the only way to go is to kill man. Not just a single hero. Not even(…)

“An Inspector Calls”

RECOMMENDED Where: Remy Bumppo at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. When: though Jan. 12 Tickets: $37.50-$52.50 Phone: 773-404-7336 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic You wouldn’t immediately think of “An Inspector Calls” as a holiday show, but J. B. Priestley’s 1945 play is akin to Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” — without the(…)