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Budget cuts and staff layoffs at U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Budget cuts at the University of Chicago (U. of C.) are threatening the positions of administrative staff. Willemien Otten, a theology professor and head of the U. of C. chapter of the American Association of University Professors, said that academic division heads are being hit with budget reductions by about(…)

City finds high level of lead contamination in water of Hyde Park home

A Hyde Park home on the 5400 block of South Harper Avenue was one of two homes in Chicago that exceeded federal limits of lead contamination in its water, according to a report released by the Chicago Department of Water Management. The owners of the Hyde Park home, which was one out of 85 homes(…)

String of May burglaries along Lake Shore Drive

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In the span of one week toward the end of May, four burglaries occurred in the 5000 block of South Lake Shore Drive, according to Chicago Police. Police sent out a community alert, Thursday, June 2, that said in each of the instances, offenders gained entry into an apartment through(…)

Proposed music pavilion the focus of discussion at Jackson Park planning meeting

Proposed music pavilion the focus of discussion at Jackson Park planning meeting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Over 100 South Side residents crowded into a small event room at La Rabida Children’s Hospital, 6501 S. Promontory Dr., on Tuesday, May 31, hoping to get clarity on future projects slated for Jackson Park. Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) called the meeting in response to a growing number of community(…)

Free MSI visits for Illinois residents

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Illinois residents can explore the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., free of charge from now until Friday, June 3, and again next week from Monday, June 6, until Wednesday, June 8. The MSI currently has the “Brick by Brick” Lego model exhibit, a Coal(…)

Missing Hyde Park woman found

Missing Hyde Park woman found

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A Hyde Park woman who went missing last week has been safely located, according to law enforcement. Tanya Martin, 45, went missing last Wednesday, May 25, from the 5000 block of South Lake Shore Drive. Police issued a statement on Wednesday, June 1, saying that Martin had been safely located,(…)

I still want to know more about Ald. Sophia King

To the Editor: I have read various articles about the new 4th ward alderman Ms. Sophia King.  Although I am not familiar with her I was encouraged to hear about her background and passions. My apprehension in becoming too excited is that when I took a close look her resume that she submitted it says a(…)

Thank you Hyde Park for making my 90th birthday a great one

To the Editor: Just celebrated my 90th birthday and the 40th anniversary of my organization, Jane Addams Senior Caucus. Your newspaper helped me considerably. In addition to my family, I wish to thank my friends and neighbors in Hyde Park and the surrounding communities as well as Alderman Leslie Hairston who honored me with an(…)

Review: The end of a season and a revolutionary cello

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The Chicago Ensemble concluded their 39th season at International House in Hyde Park ten days ago on a Sunday afternoon. The ensemble brought its usual mix of old and new chamber music and one player brought along an intriguing new instrument that had the audience buzzing at intermission. On(…)

Review: “One Man, Two  Guvnors”

Review: “One Man, Two Guvnors”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. When: through June 12 Tickets: $45-$65 Phone: 773-753-4472 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I generally don’t like farce, but Richard Bean’s “One Man, Two Guvnors” is one of the funniest shows I’ve seen at Court Theatre—or anywhere. Director Charles Newell has assembled a cast of Chicago’s(…)

Review: “Tug of War:  Foreign Fire”

Review: “Tug of War: Foreign Fire”

RECOMMENDED Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier When: through June 12 Tickets: $85-$100 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic It takes chutzpah to turn Shakespeare into an anti-war advocate and his history plays into a quasi rock epic, but that’s pretty much what Chicago Shakespeare Theater artistic director Barbara Gaines does with “Tug of(…)

Nancy J. Johnstone, 83

Nancy J. Johnstone, 83

Nancy J. Johnstone passed away peacefully on May 25, 2016, in the University of Chicago’s Center for Care and Discovery Hospital. A Hyde Park resident for 55 years, she was 83 at the time of her death. Johnstone was born in Detroit to Harold and Pearl Stavers on August 2, 1932. Widely known for her(…)

U. of C. panel focuses on the data analytics of political campaigns

U. of C. panel focuses on the data analytics of political campaigns

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Remember the Harper’s Magazine subscription you signed up for last month? The Clinton campaign knows about it, and there’s a good chance they’re using that information to help predict who you’ll be voting for in November. Modern day political campaigns are tapping into exhaustive databases of voter information, which could(…)

Shoesmith holds rally in support of CPS 20 for 20

Shoesmith holds rally in support of CPS 20 for 20

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer All 516 students at Shoesmith Elementary School, 1330 E. 50th St., participated in a rally on the afternoon of Thursday, May 26, as part of the 20 for 20 campaign hosted by Chicago Public Schools (CPS). CPS students are 20 percent of the state’s total enrollment and the families and(…)

St. Thomas School Principals to transition in June

St. Thomas School Principals to transition in June

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After a 49-year education career, St. Thomas the Apostle School principal, Candace Scheidt, will retire at the end of June. Scheidt will be replaced by current assistant principal, Tim Gallo, but is confident he will continue the work she has implemented at the school over her five years of leading(…)

Concert focuses on quality through music

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Sunday, June 5, the Cantate Chicago choir will perform a special concert at the First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. The performance is entitled, “Walk Together,” and will focus on racial understanding and reconciliation from a wide selection of African American spirituals. Benjamin Rivera, the director of the(…)

4th on 53rd volunteer spotlight

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Believe it or not, the 4th of July is a little over four weeks away, and the volunteers for the 4th on 53rd Parade are getting ready to put together one of the biggest events of the year in Hyde Park. The 25th annual 4th on 53rd Parade will take(…)

Interactive timeline created

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Two non-profits recently launched a digital, interactive map and timeline illuminating the history of the Garden of the Phoenix, the Jackson Park site that continues to serve as a symbol of U.S. – Japan relations. The “Garden of the Phoenix Digital Experience,” available at gardenofthephoenix.org, was created by Project 120(…)

Hyde Park Farmer’s Market returns for season

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Downtown Hyde Park Farmer’s Market returns this Thursday, June 2, at Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct., from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. The farmer’s market will run every Thursday through Oct. 27 and will consist of 17 vendors selling in-season fruit, vegetables, flowers, baked goods, herbs and other(…)

Chance the Rapper visits U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Rapper Chancelor Bennett, known primarily by his stage name of “Chance the Rapper,” will speak at the University of Chicago (U. of C.), Wednesday, June 1. The event, which is titled “Chance the Rapper and the Art of Activism,” is hosted by the university’s Institute of Politics (IOP) and will(…)