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Teachers end strike but stay alert

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A contract agreement was made between the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and teachers and students returned to school last Wednesday after a seven-day strike. This is still not a time of rest for the union, said CTU President, Karen Lewis. After going through the(…)

4th Ward breakfast this Saturday

January’s Fourth Ward Democratic Organization Breakfast Meeting will take place this Saturday at Monumental Baptist Church, 729 E. Oakwood Blvd at 10 a.m. According to the organization’s executive director, Dianna Thompson, speakers include Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, Ald. Will Burns (4th), and state Reps. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25), and Kristin Mitchell (D-26). Thompson also(…)

Review “The Motherf**ker with the Hat”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through March 3 Tickets: $20-$86 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If you’re captivated by damaged, self-deluded, dysfunctional urban characters, then Stephen Adly Guirgis’ “The Motherfu**ker with the Hat” is one for you. Savvily staged for Steppenwolf Theatre by ensemble member Anna(…)

McMobil on TIF agenda

On Wednesday, Jan. 30 the 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council will meet at 7 p.m. at Kenwood High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The committee will discuss the University of Chicago’s redevelopment of the vacant lot next to the Mobil gas station on 53rd Street, commonly called the McMobil site. It will also discuss the(…)

Proposal for Cottage Grove sites

A community meeting to discuss a plot of land on the 5200 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue will take place at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 4, at the Friend Center, 800 E. 55th St., classroom B-319. The land, owned by the University of Chicago, includes a vacant parcel of land that formerly held the(…)

Local schools on closure list

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer After reviewing the recommendations of the Chicago Public School’s Commission on School Utilization, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has announced that high schools and Level-1 high-performing schools will not be considered for the school-closing list CPS is required to release by March 31. This announcement does not affect several Hyde(…)

Regents gym to allow public

Regents gym to allow public

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Regents Park Apartments has requested a zoning change that would bring the building in line with modern zoning requirements and pave the way to admitting the public to the property’s gym and added building amenities. “We’ve been working. We had a community meeting in October and have got a whole(…)

Istria closes its doors

Istria closes its doors

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Istria Café, located inside of the Hyde Park Art Center, closed its doors on Sunday, Jan. 20. The café shut its doors at 5030 S. Cornell Ave. with little advance notice, said HPAC executive director Kate Lorenz. Istria owners could not be reached at this time. “Their management made that(…)