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Local service connects neighbors

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park’s neighbors are about to get a little friendlier. Good Neighbors, a popular Google Group that started for the residents of a few blocks around 55th Street and Kimbark Avenue in 2006, has been opened to all residents of Hyde Park. “It was supposed to be a neighborhood thing,”(…)

McMobil back

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The 53rd Street Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District Advisory Council is expected to hear from the University of Chicago and developers about the future of the McMobil site on 53rd Street. The McMobil site, a parcel of land consisting of a vacant lot and a Mobil gas station and car(…)

Parents supportive but worn by strike

Parents supportive but worn by strike

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS StaffWriter Parents spoke out last week about the Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) strike. They are in support of teacher’s rights but want children off the street and back in school. Falandra Amick, who has two children at Reavis Elementary School, 834 E. 50th St., said she supported the teachers strike but(…)

Teachers bring strike to the streets

Teachers bring strike to the streets

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public School (CPS) teachers continued to strike last week, targeting specific places of conflict in Hyde Park as the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and the CPS school board continued contract negotiations. Teachers, who wore their signature red shirts and carried large picket signs, marched and protested Tuesday at(…)

UCMC demonstrators protest treatment

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer University of Chicago graduate students held a press conference today to speak out about what they said was rough treatment they and other demonstrators received for peaceably protesting the lack of a trauma center at the U. of C. Medical Center. The group also made attempts to deliver petitions(…)

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(…)