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LSC election filing extended

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced that it has extended its Local School Council (LSC) election candidate-filing deadline from Feb. 26 to March 14. There are still candidate vacancies at every school in Hyde Park. The LSC is an elected group, made up of six parents, two teachers, one non-teaching(…)

Ross clothing to open soon

Ross clothing to open soon

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Ross Dress for Less will open on 47th Street this week in the space formerly occupied by grocers the Hyde Park Co-Op and Michael’s Fresh Market. This will be the first store in the city of Chicago for Ross, a discount clothing retailer in the same market as TJ Maxx(…)

Currie taking election easy

Currie taking election easy

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) is one of 588 candidates running in this year’s Illinois primary election. But with less than two weeks to go until ballots are cast, the well-funded 18-term legislator is nearly guaranteed to win. The Illinois House Majority Leader — who has held office since(…)

CPS seeking broker to sell Canter

CPS seeking broker to sell Canter

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) issued a request for proposals (RFP) today to real estate brokers that are interested in handling the sale of Canter Middle School and several other schools across the city that are or will soon be closed. The invitation, which was released by CPS Wednesday morning,(…)

University of Chicago alumni demand sexual assault policy reform in open letter

University of Chicago alumni demand sexual assault policy reform in open letter

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer University of Chicago alumni have submitted an open letter to their alma mater demanding sexual assault policy reform that they called for in the 1990s. In a letter to U. of C. President Robert Zimmer dated Feb. 13, a group called Alumni for a Student Assault Policy said “We are(…)

Congresswoman Robin Kelly to accept high school artwork for display at U.S. Capitol

Congresswoman Robin Kelly to accept high school artwork for display at U.S. Capitol

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-2) will be participating in this year’s annual Congressional Art Competition. Her two district offices will be accepting original artwork from district high schoolers between April 14 and 19. On April 26, Kelly will announce a winner whose piece will be exhibited at the U.S. Capitol.(…)

Science fiction author Nnedi Okorafor visiting Blackstone Library tonight

Science fiction author Nnedi Okorafor visiting Blackstone Library tonight

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Science fiction author Nnedi Okorafor will present the next Despres Memorial Family Lecture at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Blackstone Ave. Okarafor will read from her latest novel “Who Fears Death,” and short story collection, “Kabu Kabu,” at the event, which is being hosted by Friends of(…)

Hyde Park School of Dance names new executive director

Hyde Park School of Dance names new executive director

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Terra Schultz has been named executive director of the Hyde Park School of Dance. She replaced Mariam Thiam, who served as executive director from 2011 to 2013. Schultz is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, with degrees in theater and communications. Prior to returning to the Hyde(…)