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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(…)

Hyde Park groups focusing on local elder care needs

Hyde Park groups focusing on local elder care needs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) and The Church Home at Montgomery Place hosted two exploratory groups Wednesday to determine the needs of people in Hyde Park who are providing care to others with dementia or other chronic illnesses. When CHPV officially launched its full program in November at Augustana(…)

Hyde Park youth advocate Bryan Samuels recognized

Bryan Samuels, director of Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, was recognized by the Bright Promises Foundation for his work to improve the lives of disadvantaged children. The Bright Promises Foundation, which is a 140-year-old organization that invests in organizations that are doing trailblazing work for children, awarded Hyde Park resident Samuels with the(…)

First Unitarian Church hosting holiday sale this weekend

The final Green Holidayze sale of the year at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., will be held this weekend. The annual sale, now in its third year, includes donated items from the neighborhood and the congregation. Organizer Cindy Pardo said this year’s sale includes a great array of new and gently used items,(…)