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Taking a look at the options for easing fiscal crisis

By. ALD. WILL BURNS (4TH) Our city faces a crisis — how to generate the revenue to pay down $34 billion in pension liabilities. Reductions in pension benefits are not enough to close the gap. New and sustainable revenue is necessary to meet these responsibilities. In the midst of this fiscal crisis, many Chicagoans continue(…)

Ray local school council finally free to pick principal after delay

Ray local school council finally free to pick principal after delay

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School local school council chose members for its principal selection committee at its April meeting. The school has been led by an interim principal for about a year after its previous principal was abruptly removed from her post. At the meeting the LSC at Ray, 5631(…)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks input on proposed Jackson Park restoration

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks input on proposed Jackson Park restoration

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has released a feasibility study for a 30-day public review for proposed restorations of Jackson Park. The study is the culmination of discussions between the USACE and the Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC), Chicago Park District and Project 120, a non-profit developing plans(…)

New bike lanes planned for Stony Island

New bike lanes planned for Stony Island

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The City announced in early April that the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will install 20 miles of bike lanes through the summer, including a stretch along Stony Island Avenue between 56th and 63rd streets. The federally funded Stony Island Avenue lanes will not be barrier protected and will instead(…)

Rappers and non-profits team up for youth jobs program and Jackson Park music festival

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Rap artists and native Chicagoans Common and Kanye West have partnered with the Chicago Urban League to create the Chicago Youth Jobs Collaborative. The collaborative will offer year-round jobs to youth and host an annual music festival in Jackson Park. Common and his Common Ground Foundation; Andrea L. Zopp,(…)

Campus panel tackles youth challenges, violence and gangs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer For many young African American males in Chicago, not being a part of a gang is not an option. At a University of Chicago Institute of Politics panel discussion titled “The Chicagoland Lens: A Look at Chicago Public Schools,” held at the Quadrangle Club Thursday evening, University of Chicago(…)

Romeo, wherefore doest thou move?

The Hyde Park Community Players will be moving the venue for their 5th anniversary production of “Romeo and Juliet” this week from Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., to Ida Noyes Hall 1212 E. 59th St. Beginning next weekend through the end of the month, the play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays(…)

Canter site could help Kenwood

To the Editor: No one likes school closures. Make no mistake, they are disruptive, and that has certainly been the case in Hyde Park. Many Hyde Park and Kenwood residents, parents and elected officials opposed the closure of Miriam G. Canter Elementary School last year. In spite of ardent community opposition, the Chicago Board of(…)