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Cornell Park gains advisory council

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Cornell Park Advisory Council has officially formed. Around 20 people met to finalize the group’s application and bylaws Monday, Jan. 26 at Chicago Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell Ave., according to president Norman Bell. “I’m very pleased with the responsiveness of the Park District,” said Bell, who submitted the(…)

Ray Elementary school council votes against pre-K program — for now

Ray Elementary school council votes against pre-K program — for now

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School Local School Council (LSC) voted against adding a full-day pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) program to its school. Ray teachers, parents and administrators at Thursday night’s emergency meeting called the program “too risky.” Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., was chosen by Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) Early Childhood Education(…)

Alderman Will Burns reflects on first term, makes case for re-election

Alderman Will Burns reflects on first term, makes case for re-election

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Freshman alderman Will Burns (4th) has to convince voters he deserves a second term. Burns, a decades-long resident of the Mid-South Side and graduate of the University of Chicago, is being challenged by Bronzeville entrepreneurs Tracey Bey and Norman Bolden in this month’s upcoming election. This is his second re-election(…)

Aldermanic hopefuls vie for votes at two 5th Ward forums

Aldermanic hopefuls vie for votes at two 5th Ward forums

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer For the first time last week all 5th Ward candidates came together to debate each other at a pair of forums, including one hosted by the League of Women Voters of Hyde Park and another by the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (HP-K CC). The candidates were Robin Boyd-Clark, Tiffany Brooks,(…)

Frozen yogurt shop Zberry closes to stay afloat amid winter weather, chain competition

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Frozen yogurt shop Zberry, 1368 E. 53rd St., will stay closed through the first half of March to weather a challenging business climate. This is the store’s first winter closed since it opened in 2011, according to owner Zenzille Powell, a measure she said she took last December to save(…)

Nurses at University of Chicago Medical Center authorize strike

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The 1,500 union nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center voted to authorize a strike last week if bargaining negotiations fail. The members of National Nurses United voted on Thursday to authorize a one-day strike if negotiations with the administration at UCMC do not improve. A strike date has(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society comes out against using parkland for Obama Library

Hyde Park Historical Society comes out against using parkland for Obama Library

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society said it opposes using public parkland for the Obama Presidential Library In a statement released recently HPHS said it “strongly supports siting the Obama Presidential Library on Chicago’s Southside.” “Our respect for President Obama is immeasurable and his legacy is beyond doubt. However, building the(…)

Ray Elementary students number one in chess league

Ray Elementary students number one in chess league

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School Chess Club won first place in its section in the Chicago Scholastic Chess League Renaissance Knights Competition. Melinda Burgin and Henry Samra, 5th graders at Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., were two of the five team members that competed in the competition earlier this month.(…)