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Parents United for Responsible Education staging a comeback?

Parents United for Responsible Education staging a comeback?

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Steve Ross has been named the acting director of Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE). He succeeds founding director Julie Woestehoff, who retired last year. In September, Woestehoff, who had been executive director of PURE since 1995, released an announcement on the organization’s website pureparents.org stating that she was(…)

Former Gov. Quinn signs Barbara Flynn Currie’s bill for 2016 comptroller election

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation this past weekend approving a special election for Illinois comptroller in November 2016. The bill, sponsored in the House by state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25), passed in a special session last Thursday in both chambers of the General Assembly. The Senate voted 37-15 and the House voted(…)

U. of C. Medical Center withdraws plans to expand ER

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Medical Center shelved its plans to build a $36 million adult emergency room. Late Friday afternoon university officials released a statement saying they were pulling the application filed with the Illinois Health Services Review Board in December. The now-abandoned plan would have moved the adult emergency(…)

War of words over Obama library sites in Washington, Jackson parks

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Officials and citizens from across the city spoke out last week in favor of, or in opposition to, using public parkland as a home for the Obama presidential library. The University of Chicago pitched using 21 acres of parkland on the west side of Jackson Park from 59th to 64th(…)

Harold Washington Park Advisory Council plans park rededication day

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Harold Washington Park Advisory Council’s first official meeting focused on evolving plans for a spring celebration in the park. Seven people attended the meeting last Monday at the Del Prado, 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd., including Jackson Park Advisory Council President Louise McCurry, Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference Parks Committee(…)

Part Eleven: A villa becomes a village — Drexel Boulevard, 47th to 51st streets

Part Eleven: A villa becomes a village — Drexel Boulevard, 47th to 51st streets

Editor’s note: The series has completed a look at the development of the major intersections along Lake Park Avenue, and turned to stories of interest within the Hyde Park and Kenwood communities. The articles are all of varying topics, but relate to the residences that currently or in the past have defined the urban fabric.(…)

U. of C. unfazed by reports that Chicago Obama library bid in jeopardy

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago released a statement last Wednesday after an unnamed source told news outlets that Chicago’s bids for the Obama Presidential Library could be on the chopping block. “The University of Chicago is leading a strong, collaborative South Side bid designed to create exciting opportunities for the Barack(…)

Gov. Pat Quinn signs Sen. Kwame Raoul’s police recording bill into law

Gov. Pat Quinn signs Sen. Kwame Raoul’s police recording bill into law

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Legislation allowing public recording, including of police officers performing their duty, was signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn last week. State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) led the committee that drafted the legislation. Earlier this year the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state’s previous eavesdropping law because it was(…)