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Against all odds, Macbeth performance goes smoothly at Logan Center

Against all odds, Macbeth performance goes smoothly at Logan Center

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer “Macbeth” is a play with a reputation. The Scottish Play, as theater folks euphemistically call it, earned that title because it has a history, real or perceived, for bringing mayhem to any theater that performs it. That didn’t deter University of Chicago fourth year Eamon Boylan from directing a sold-out(…)

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council mulls postponing new standardized test

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council mulls postponing new standardized test

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A volunteer from the parent education group Raise Your Hand Illinois spoke to community members at the Hyde Park –Kenwood Community Action Council (HP-K CAC) recently about the group’s recommendation that the full administering of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test be postponed(…)

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) still calling for $15 minimum wage

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) still calling for $15 minimum wage

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Alds. Leslie Hairston (5th) and Will Burns (4th) both voted last Tuesday to raise Chicago’s minimum wage to $13, but Hairston said it should be higher. Tuesday’s 44-5 vote ensured Chicago’s $8.25 minimum wage will rise to $10 by July 2015 and 50 cents every year through 2019, when it(…)

The ins and outs of nature restoration

To the Editor: Larry Wethington’s letter of Nov. 26 raises an important question. What is a native, he asks? Basically it is a plant or animal that was here at the time of settlement in the 17th and 18th centuries when the ecosystem was in balance.  Plants had evolved over thousands of years to survive(…)

Why is Currie advancing secrecy?

To the Editor: Citizens of the 25th District probably disagree about state income taxes, the Illiana expressway, or ways to solve the state’s pension problems. However, most would oppose more secrecy in any branch of government. Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie has a bill that would do just that as discussed in a Tribune editorial on(…)

Obama library should avoid park land fuss

To the Editor: I have said in the past that ”the Obama library committee would never attempt to usurp park land. Their intention is to focus on the general area of Woodlawn, where there is vacant land.” I’m sure that they are aware of the battle brewing against the Lucas Museum effort to locate on(…)

Obama library at cultural center?

To the Editor: The recommended Chicago site for the Obama Presidential Library must be the best that this city can offer — not just on the South Side. Chicago is a world class city. The site for the Obama Presidential Library and Museum must be the most aesthetically beautiful and the most historically and culturally significant. The site(…)

New CPS ratings show Hyde Park schools improving

New CPS ratings show Hyde Park schools improving

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) new school quality ratings were released Wednesday. Most of the schools in Hyde Park improved in ratings. The new school quality ratings are based on data collected during the 2013-14 school year and show that 161 schools achieved the highest rating of Level 1+ and(…)