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Schools bill misses the mark

By JAY TRAVIS I attended a town hall on Oct. 27, 2014 at the Chicago Urban League regarding the School Funding Reform Act (S.B. 16). I agree with the numerous concerns expressed by parents, local school council members, and organizers about this legislation in its current form. To truly support a high-quality education for all(…)

A kind of rapture at St. Thomas

Earlier this month, on a pleasant early Sunday evening, Hyde Park’s St. Thomas the Apostle Church was the site for a concert of opera arias. The event served both as a fundraiser for the church’s musical programs and also a chance for the general public to experience the pleasing acoustical qualities of the church. Luciano(…)

“The Medium” is the message

“The Medium” is the message

Where: Collaboraction Pentagon Theater, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. When: through Nov. 2 Phone: 847-430-4341 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Just in time for Halloween, Third Eye Theatre Ensemble is now offering an engaging production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s short, two-act opera “The Medium.” This haunting work, running just over an hour, premiered in 1946,(…)

Review: “Amazing Grace”

SLIGHTLY RECOMMENDED Where: Bank of America Theatre, When: through Nov. 2 Tickets: $33-$100 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The treatment of a minor character epitomizes one of the many problems with the slickly staged and well-sung pre-Broadway world premiere of “Amazing Grace,” the musical by Christopher Smith (music, lyrics, book) and Arthur Giron(…)

Where to vote in Hyde Park and South Kenwood on Election Day

The 2014 general election will take place next Tuesday, Nov. 4. Candidates running for offices with districts in Hyde Park and South Kenwood are: 1st Congressional District – Bobby L. Rush (Democrat) – Jimmy Lee Tillman (Republican) Second Congressional District – Robin Kelly (Democrat) – Eric M. Wallace (Republican) 25th Illinois House District – Barbara(…)

UCPD policing powers, pro and con

To the Editor: In the past several months, much has been said regarding the policing of the community by the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD). Passions are inflamed both pro and con regarding their policing powers and how they are used. The reasons on both sides are understandable. There is a reasonable argument as(…)

Kenwood Academy Broncos football team wins in season finale

Kenwood Academy Broncos football team wins in season finale

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer In their final game of the 2014 regular season, the Kenwood Broncos prevailed over conference rivals Chicago Bulls College Prep 12 to 6 on Friday night at Lane Tech Field. In the first quarter, the Broncos fell behind early after a five-yard touchdown run by running back No. 3 Durome(…)

DuSable CEO Carol Adams retiring at end of 2014

DuSable CEO Carol Adams retiring at end of 2014

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Carol Adams, president and CEO of the DuSable Museum of African American History announced that she will retire at the end of the year. Adams, whose retirement officially begins on Dec. 31, 2014, joined the museum on Nov. 9, 2009. During her retirement Adams plans to begin a private(…)