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Davis presents Hyde Park tales

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Saturday, Nov. 7, in the Sanctuary of Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., Susan O’Connor Davis delivered a presentation on the peculiar and unknown narratives of early Hyde Park history. The lecture, presented by the Hyde Park Historical Society, saw Davis paint a complex web of early Hyde(…)

Streetscaping meeting for 55th Street

A 55th Street streetscape follow-up meeting will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Catholic Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell Ave. Call the 5th Ward office at 773-324-5555 for more information.

Mesa Construction is breaking a pledge

To the Editor: At one of the TIF meetings held at Kenwood HS last year to present the plans for the new 53rd St. development opposite Nichols Park, audience members raised concerns about the impact of parking by construction workers on residential streets adjacent to the site. A pledge was then tendered to the community(…)

Illinois needs fair, progressive revenue

To the Editor: Illinois’ ongoing – and indefensible — ‘budget impasse’ has one principle architect: Governor Bruce Rauner, and his attempt to link anti-union reforms to the passage of a balanced state budget. This manufactured crisis highlights the need for a critical – and fundamental — remedy: the need for Illinois legislators to create stable,(…)

Good government group makes stop in Hyde Park

Good government group makes stop in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park has a long standing history of breeding politicians and political figures. But with any politics comes some form of financial corruption or deceit from candidates and their campaigns. RunClean.org is trying to change that. On Sunday at the Southside Hub of Production (SHoP), 1448 E. 57th St., RunClean(…)

Scope of police questioned in U. of C. lectures

Scope of police questioned in U. of C. lectures

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Policing isn’t working. This was the tacit agreement underlying a series of criminal justice-themed lectures at the University of Chicago (U. of C.) Law School, last week. On Thursday, Nov 5., Lori Lightfoot, president of the Chicago Police Board, a quasi-judicial body that decides the guilt or innocence of police(…)

Hyde Park Players’ latest play will leave audiences spell-bound

Hyde Park Players’ latest play will leave audiences spell-bound

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players are showing off their acting, and spelling, skills in their latest production. On Nov. 13, the players will begin their six-show run of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which will come alive on stage at the University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. Community(…)

HPAC exhibition explores African American identity

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Take one step into the Hyde Park Art Center gallery room that now houses Jefferson Pinder’s latest exhibition, “Onyx Odyssey,” and you’ll find yourself standing below dozens of charred, wooden billy clubs suspended in mid-air. Walk two steps to your left and you’ll be staring at a white, neon outline(…)