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SSA detailed: Proposal may increase taxes by 40 percent

SSA detailed: Proposal may increase taxes by 40 percent

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The proposed 53rd Street special service area would largely overlap with the tax increment financing district, but if approved would have a huge affect on tax bills for those businesses and residences. An SSA would initially add .65 percent to the tax base from which the property’s tax bill is(…)

Canter gains one year phase out

Canter gains one year phase out

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Public Schools Board of Education unanimously voted in favor of keeping Canter Middle School open for another year to allow the school’s current 7th grade class to graduate. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced in March that several schools across the city would be closed(…)

Local schools gird for changes

Local schools gird for changes

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Changes are underway for Ray, Bret Harte and Shoesmith elementary schools as they prepare for the phase out of Canter Middle School. Earlier in this school year, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced that Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., was on its school closing list for underutilization. After(…)

Man killed on 52nd Street

A man was fatally shot multiple times after admitting an unknown person or persons into his apartment, the University of Chicago police are reporting. The shooting took place on 52nd Street between Blackstone and Harper avenues at 1:50 a.m. Saturday morning, May 25, according to an alert issued by UCPD. The site of the fatal(…)

Board votes to delay Canter closure

Board votes to delay Canter closure

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Public Schools Board of Education unanimously voted in favor of keeping Canter Middle School open for another year to allow the school’s current 7th grade class to graduate. At its meeting on Wednesday, parents, teachers, students and education advocacy groups from across the city spoke out in(…)

Little Inspirations founder wins award

The Chicago-based non-profit Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) is recognizing a Hyde Park educator with its first-ever 2013 Fast Track Award. Award recipient Peg Pavelec is the founder of area day care Little Inspirations, based at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. “Little Inspirations stands apart because of its exceptional program for(…)

Make Music Chicago seeks volunteers

WHPK radio host Marta Nicholas is seeking volunteers to help coordinate Hyde Park events in this year’s MakeMusicChicago celebration, a day-long series of performances scheduled to take place in the city Friday, June 21. The yearly event, now in its third year, will feature performances at several Hyde Park venues. As of press time, planned(…)

SSA group holding two public meetings

Two public meetings to discuss the proposed Special Service Area (SSA) will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday May 22 and 7 p.m. Thursday May 30, both at Kenwood Academy’s little theater, 5105 S. Blackstone Ave. An SSA would put an extra property tax on businesses in roughly the same area as the 53rd(…)