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U. of C. report finds that suspension rates relate to race

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer According to a new report from the University of Chicago (U. of C.) racial disparities among Chicago Public Schools (CPS) are one of the driving forces of suspension rates. “A subset of Chicago schools-about a quarter of high schools and 10 percent of schools with middle grades-have very high suspension(…)

Water Shut off for 53rd Street Wednesday

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Department of Water Management has issued a water shut off notice in the Hyde Park area. The water shut off will be in effect tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or later. The area that will be affected by the water shut off is(…)

Hyde Park robberies warrant notice

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Second District police are warning Hyde Park residents to stay vigilant in the wake of three armed robberies that took place over the course of four days recently. According to the police reports, the offenders approached the victims on the street, brandished a handgun and confiscated property. Dates and locations(…)

Coalition: End of strike, but no end to fight

Coalition: End of strike, but no end to fight

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Members of the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett addressed their 34-day hunger strike at a press conference on Monday evening. A group of parents and community members, who became known as the “Dyett 12,” ended their hunger strike on Saturday, Sept. 19. The hunger strikers began their strike to speak out(…)

Jay responds to Ald. Burns

To the Editor While Alderman Burns and I don’t agree on much, I do concur with one phrase in his recent letter to the editor; that phrase is “the facts are the facts.” The decision to close a school is both highly politicized and racialized, as school closings have had a disparate impact on African(…)

Circus coming to Washington Park

Circus coming to Washington Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The UniverSoul Circus is coming to Washington Park on Tuesday, Sept. 22, for performances that will run through Oct. 18. Audience members can expect an interactive combination of circus arts, theater and music that spans the genres of pop, R&B, Latin, hop-hop, jazz and gospel. The troupe is celebrating 20(…)

Dyett advocates end hunger strike

Dyett advocates end hunger strike

The 12 members of the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett, who went on a hunger strike to keep Dyett High School an open-enrollment community school, have ended their fast, according to the Teachers for Social Justice website. The members, who began on Aug. 17, concluded their hunger strike on Sept. 19 after 34 days of fasting.(…)

Local girl goes missing

By Sam Rappaport Chicago Police are reporting that Fifteen-year-old Mikaylah Martin is missing from the 5700 block of South Prairie Avenue. The last contact made with Martin was on Sept. 17. She is Black with brown eyes and brown hair, standing 5’1″ and weighing 170 lbs. Martin is known to frequent the areas around 57th(…)

Burns responds to Jay Travis

To the Editor Jay Travis asserts in her letter to the editor September 4, 2015 that public pressure lead me to fight to reverse the decision to close Dyett High School. Everyone, including Ms. Travis, is entitled to their opinion, but the facts are the facts. In 2012, I stood shoulder to shoulder with the(…)

Rajun Cajun revamps

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Rajun Cajun, 1459 E. 53rd St., reopened Thursday, Sept. 17, after being closed since July 3 for interior restorations. New tables, seating, lighting, tiles and wood paneling give the small, Indian cafe a sleek appearance. Rajun Cajun’s long-time owner Trushar Patel said that the recent work was prompted by a(…)

Sheriff Dept. involved in Drexel Blvd. shooting

Sheriff Dept. involved in Drexel Blvd. shooting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Over a dozen police cars cordoned off a section of the 5100 block of South Drexel Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon, following a shooting involving two on-duty Cook County Sheriff’s Department deputies. At approximately 3:50 p.m. in the 800 block of East Drexel Square Drive, according to police, two Cook County(…)

Children’s Book Fair returns for 29th year

Children’s Book Fair returns for 29th year

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer What started out as a back-to-school event has turned into an anticipated celebration that families and future book lovers look forward to every year. The Children’s Book Fair returns for its 29th year at the Downtown Hyde Park Fest on Sunday, Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The(…)

Hyde Park Trolley so far unsuccessful

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On “Black Friday,” November 28, 2014, Special Service Area (SSA) Hyde Park initiated a trolley service that ran for five consecutive weekends, traveling along 53rd Street between Hyde Park Boulevard and Woodlawn Avenue. The project was created to gauge interest in a permanent Hyde Park trolley that would offer transportation(…)

Burns: What does KOCO really want?

Burns: What does KOCO really want?

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In response to the hunger strikers claims at yesterday’s press conference, Ald. Will Burns (4th) has shared some of his insight into the fight for Dyett. “There is a strategic element for the fight for Dyett High School,” Burns said. “The fight is not about whether the school will be(…)

Travis challenges Mitchell again

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer After a failed bid for public office in 2014, community organizer Jay Travis has once again announced her candidacy for Ill. State Rep. of the 26th District, a position currently held by Christian Mitchell. Mitchell edged past Travis in the 2014 Democratic Primary with a surplus of 556 votes, a(…)

Open Letter to Alderman Will Burns on the Dyett Hunger Strike

Open Letter to Alderman Will Burns on the Dyett Hunger Strike

September 16, 2015 Open Letter to Alderman Will Burns on the Dyett Hunger Strike from Julie Woestehoff, former Executive Director of Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE) Dear Will, We first met many years ago when you were State Senator Emil Jones’s education aide. Many of us in the Chicago school reform community were impressed(…)

Review: The stars of Lyric Opera shine at Millenium Park

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Very cool weather did not dampen crowd enthusiasm at Lyric Opera of Chicago’s annual free concert at the Pritzker Pavilion, held last Friday night. Lyric brought most of the stars of its first two operas of the season to Millennium Park and the audience was well pleased. The concert(…)

Review: “Assassination Theater: Chicago’s Role in the Crime of the Century”

Review: “Assassination Theater: Chicago’s Role in the Crime of the Century”

RECOMMENDED Where: Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State St. When: through Nov. 7 Tickets: $49 Phone: 800-838-3006 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic No one could doubt the impeccable research and passion behind the world premiere of “Assassination Theater: Chicago’s Role in the Crime of the Century,” and author Hillel Levin, a veteran journalist and(…)

Review: “Peter and the Starcatcher”

Review: “Peter and the Starcatcher”

RECOMMENDED Where: Drury Lane Theater, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace When: through Oct. 18 Tickets: $40-$55 Phone: 630-530-0111 By ANNE SPISELMAN “Peter and the Starcatcher,” which is enjoying a lively production at Drury Lane Theatre, is a clever show that risks being undone by its own excess. Written by Rick Elice, based on the novel(…)

Pamela Vickers Haley

Pamela Vickers Haley

A memorial service for longtime Hyde Park resident Pamela Haley will be held Sunday, Sept. 20th at 5:30 p.m. in Bond Chapel at the University of Chicago quadrangle, 1025 E. 58th St. She died with serenity and grace July 21st. Her death from adeno carcinoma followed 6 months hospice administered at home by her devoted(…)