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When giving, don’t forget the local

To the Editor: More than ever, individual philanthropic giving is essential to the success of non-profit organizations. Because headlines often refer to large, high-profile organizations, it is easy to overlook the substantial impact that private donors can make in the lives of local children and families. The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club is an apt example.(…)

Local tries, but Toni staying out of race

Local tries, but Toni staying out of race

A member of the Hyde Park Historical Society and a leader in the city’s preservation community has shared an online petition asking Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to back Chuy Garcia in next month’s runoff election for mayor. Prospects of the petition pushing Preckwinkle into the endorsement are slim, however. The petition, by Jack(…)

Ray getting room

Ray getting room

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School was awarded the Lowes Toolbox grant. The school will use the $5,000 grant to build a family resource center, according to Ray Principal Meagan Thole. Members of the school’s Culture and Climate Committee met with parents and volunteers Saturday morning at Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark, Ave.,(…)

Study: Test scores not best measure of outcomes

Study: Test scores not best measure of outcomes

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Attendance and grade point average are the best indicators of whether middle school students will do well in high school and not standardized test scores, according to a report from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR). In the report, “Looking forward to High School and(…)

All history begins in the local

All history begins in the local

Editor’s note: University of Chicago historian Neil Harris, who has for many years made local history a special part of his work, was acknowledged last Saturday by the Hyde Park Historical Society for his dedication to Hyde Park and its past. These are a slightly edited version of his remarks. By NEIL HARRIS It is(…)

Elected board, dance in the news

Elected board, dance in the news

Overwhelming support for an elected school board in the 4th and 5th wards Voters in the 4th and 5th Wards voted in large number in favor of an elected school board. No legislative action has to be taken on the nonbinding referendum, which was presented on the ballot in 37 wards, but it is a(…)

Shoreline plans

Shoreline plans

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A plan by the Chicago Park District would add seven acres of land to Burnham Park, raise the shoreline several feet and add places for viewing the Morgan Shoal. The Park District and the Army Corps of Engineers will soon finalize a plan to perform revetment work in Burnham Park(…)

Hyde Park’s harried election

Hyde Park’s harried election

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Most candidates are now done campaigning for this year’s election and like many of their signs, which just a few days ago sat perched at storefronts and atop piles of snow, have disappeared from public sight. Yet despite incumbent Alds. Will Burns and Leslie Hairston’s decisive victories in the 4th(…)