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Elected representative school board bill passes House

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After being introduced last year, House Bill 0557, which calls for an elected representative school board in Chicago, was passed in the Illinois House of Representatives last Thursday in a 110-4 margin. Illinois State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) voted for the bill, however, State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) was(…)

Tricap Residential Group renovates homes in HP

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A new property management company that focuses on renovating old buildings into newer spaces has settled in Hyde Park. Tricap Residential Group bought 5501 S. Everett Ave. in August from the Realty & Mortgage management company and began renovations in early October. The renovations are nearing completion, and leasing for(…)

Yoga for the incarcerated

Yoga for the incarcerated

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer As criminal justice reform continues to push its way to the forefront of this nation’s political dialogue, some activists are touting yoga as a remedy to the physical and psychological confines of incarceration. On Saturday, March 5, the Socially Engaged Yoga Network (SEYN) hosted a panel discussion at Chaturanga Holistic(…)

Pinball Bandit in custody

Pinball Bandit in custody

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The “Pinball Bandit,” who is thought to be responsible for six Chicago bank robberies since Jan 13., three of which were in Hyde Park, has been apprehended by law enforcement. FBI officials have identified the man as Nashun Langford. According to a statement from FBI Task Force Officer Kevin Pietruszka,(…)

Kenwood assistant principal recognized by Illinois State Treasurer

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School’s assistant principal, Karen Calloway, received an award for outstanding commitment in education from Illinois State Treasurer, Michael Frerichs, last month. Awards were given at a celebration for the achievements of African Americans in the Chicago area to commemorate Black History Month. Calloway was one of five(…)

Elected school board bill passes House

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After being introduced last year, House Bill 0557, which calls for an elected representative school board in Chicago, was passed in the Illinois House of Representatives yesterday in a 110-4 margin. Illinois State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) voted for the bill, however, State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) was one(…)

LEGO structures on display at MSI

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer An exhibit exploring the key principles of engineering, construction and architecture through dozens of LEGO-built structures will open next week at the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. The exhibit, titled “Brick by Brick,” will include a 60-foot-long Golden Gate Bridge, the Hoover Dam–made with 42,000(…)

Hales clinch IHSA 2A State Regional Title

Hales clinch IHSA 2A State Regional Title

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer Thanks to a playoff career high of 27 points, 13 assist and five steals by Milton Wordlow, the Hales Franciscan Spartans defeated the Bowen High School Boilermakers 74-56 in the second round of the IHSA 2A State Regional Playoffs. “I wanted to play well for my teammates!” Wordlow said, after(…)

Bret Harte falls to St. Sabina 40-28

Bret Harte falls to St. Sabina 40-28

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer On Saturday Feb. 27, at St. Columbanus gymnasium, 331 E 71st St. the Bret Harte Elementary School basketball team fell to St. Sabina Catholic School 40-28 in front of a packed house of community supporters for both teams. In the first half, St. Sabina would jump out to leads of(…)

Pinball Bandit robs another bank in Hyde Park

Pinball Bandit robs another bank in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Fifth Third Bank at 1420 E. 53rd St. was robbed on Wednesday, March 2. According to the FBI, the suspected offender is the same man responsible for having robbed five other Chicago banks since Jan. 13. The FBI has dubbed the man the “Pinball Bandit” for the frequency and(…)

Kenwood students show art in statewide exhibition

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Illinois High School Art Exhibition (IHSAE), which will take place Sunday, March 6, will include work from five students from Kenwood Academy High School. From 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W. 35th St., 93 schools from across the state will show off(…)

Authors discuss money in politics at Seminary Co-op

Authors discuss money in politics at Seminary Co-op

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Authors Wendell Potter and Nick Penniman stopped by the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., Tuesday, March 1, to discuss big money’s suffocating grip on our nation’s democracy. In their new book, “Nation On The Take,” Potter and Penniman illustrate an American government that is controlled, at every level,(…)

Ancien Cycles welcomed into Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Ancien Cycles was officially welcomed into the neighborhood last night with a grand opening and ribbon cutting event hosted by the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce. The new cycle store and café at 1558 E. 53rd St. is for healthy lifestyle enthusiasts looking for a little something extra. One of(…)

Hales beats Butler, advances to second round of IHSA Playoffs

Hales beats Butler, advances to second round of IHSA Playoffs

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer Thanks to the one-two scoring punch of Milton Wordlow (26 points and 13 assist) and Austin Trice (12 points and 11 rebounds), the Hales Franciscan High School Spartans prevailed over Butler Prep Academy High School 67-55 Feb. 24 in the first round of the 2016 Illinois High School Association 2A Basketball State Playoffs held at Bowen High School. “We(…)

A trio of concerts: from Hyde Park to the South Loop

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Philip Glass, one of the world’s most popular and influential living composers, capped off a three-day residency at the University of Chicago at the end of February with a concert devoted to his entire output of piano etudes. Glass himself and four other pianists, hosted by University of Chicago(…)

Review: “If/Then”

Review: “If/Then”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. When: through March 6 Tickets: $25-$98 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The national tour of the Broadway musical “If/Then,” at the Oriental Theatre for a brief run, boasts an interesting concept and strong credentials, but it’s disappointing for a variety of reasons. The show(…)

Jackson Park is not for profit

To the Editor: Jackson Park is a sanctuary. It is a haven. Jackson Park is everyone’s Sanctuary. Jackson Park is not for profit. It is not for anyone’s exploitation. My highest priority is the protection and preservation of the Wooded Island, the bird sanctuary and the Bowling Green. For 50 years I have cared about(…)

Christian Mitchell is no friend of public education

To the Editor: The Herald gets it wrong: Christian Mitchell is no friend of public education. He IS a friend of the charter school expansion and anti-union movement that has donated more than $150,000 to his campaigns through organizations such as Stand for Children and Democrats for Education Reform and individuals such as Eli Broad(…)

CIMMfest expands to Hyde Park

CIMMfest expands to Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The eighth annual Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMfest) is expanding to Hyde Park in April. CIMMfest dubs itself as a non-profit arts organization dedicated to bringing together filmmakers, musicians, artists and audiences from around the globe as an interactive cultural event. The fest takes place from April 13-17(…)

HP institutions get grants

HP institutions get grants

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The MacArthur Foundation and the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children awarded two Hyde Park organizations recently with grants to further their supportive programs for the community. The Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC), 5020 S. Cornell Ave., and the Chicago Child Care Society (CCCS), 5467 S. University Ave., both received separate(…)