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Congratulations to KOCO for organizing the elected school board town hall meeting

To the Editor: The Town Hall Meeting about an Elected Representative School Board for Chicago, held at Operation Rainbow PUSH on October 17, was organized and hosted by the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO), the Lugenia Burns Hope Center, and Action Now, all members of the Grassroots Education Movement (GEM). The members of these organizations(…)

Chicago Ensemble to kick off 40th season at I-House

By HANNA PFEIFFER Global Voices Metcalf Fellow On Sunday, Nov.13, the Chicago Ensemble, a musical group known for its eclectic repertoire, will begin its 40th season with a performance at the University of Chicago’s International House. Pianist Gerry Rizzer, who has arranged this Sunday’s concert, explained that he founded the Chicago Ensemble 40 years ago(…)

A magnificent opera about a magnificent woman

A magnificent opera about a magnificent woman

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic During his final appearance at the White House press correspondents’ dinner, Barack Obama joked that if his remarks went over well he could, in years to come, deliver them to Goldman Sachs and “earn some serious Tubmans.” When the new Harriet Tubman 20-dollar-bill enters circulation it’s likely that Obama’s(…)

Review: Nothing to laugh at in “The Fairy Queen”

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic What: “The Fairy Queen” Where: The Studebaker Theater (410 S. Michigan Ave.) When: Through Nov. 13 Contact: chicagooperatheater.org Chicago Opera Theater re-introduced the Studebaker Theater, newly renovated, to Chicago audiences Saturday night with the opening of “The Fairy Queen” by Purcell, making this production the first time in 40(…)

Kenwood football star excels as three-sport athlete

Kenwood football star excels as three-sport athlete

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer As a three sport athlete for the Kenwood Academy High School Broncos, senior Jabari Simpson has excelled in a number of key positions in the areas of football, basketball and track and field for the school varsity sports programs. In his junior season as running-back, Simpson rushed for a Broncos(…)

2016 Election results

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A tight knit race between presidential candidates ended late last night with the official result ending in American voters choosing Republican candidate, Donald Trump. Despite the outcome, Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, led the vote for Chicago voters at 70.95 percent with a total of 12,654 votes.The other presidential candidates didn’t(…)

Voters Approve Transportation Amendment

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The final results are in. Voters across the nation and city have spoken. An important measure that will alter the State Constitution has been approved by voters. The Lockbox Amendment (Safe Roads Amendment) gained bipartisan support from lawmakers and advocacy groups; not all were behind it. The Center for Municipal(…)

Voters say yes to earned sick time

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Yesterday, a nonbinding referendum was placed on the ballot for voter consideration, and it was approved overwhelmingly by voters in Hyde Park and Cook County. Earned sick time leave, if enacted as a policy, will allow Illinois workers to receive up to 40 hours per year of sick time. In(…)

Rowdy Halloween night results in damage

Rowdy Halloween night results in damage

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Last week’s “Halloween Purge” on Monday, Oct. 31, resulted in arrests, damaged vehicles and mobs of young people taking over the streets of Hyde Park. According to the Chicago Police Department (CPD), 10 juvenile arrests were made on Halloween night, including three (two females and one male) for disorderly conduct,(…)

Target opens in Hyde Park

Target opens in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Target had its official grand opening on Sunday, Nov. 6, after a soft opening last week. After an announcement in March that a Target would be the core retailer of the Vue53 development, 1330 E. 53rd St., the Target Corporation held two hiring events at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015(…)

The storytellers of Tellabration

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Over 40 storytellers will perform at this year’s 20th Annual Tellabration on Sunday, Nov. 20. The storytellers range from seasoned professionals to those just starting out but every teller will bring something unique to the show. One of those tellers is 10-year-old Ancona School student, Natasha Friedman. Friedman has been(…)

Kenwood’s track and field in need of improvements

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Freelance Writer In spite of philanthropic efforts from the community, the track and field at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., is in desperate need of renovations. Students, staff and faculty have made multiple reports of damage to the field. “It wasn’t Chicago Public Schools that was responsible for building(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society 2017 Paul Cornell Award Nomination Form

The Hyde Park Historical Society is currently seeking nominations for the 2016 Paul Cornell Award, named after Hyde Park Township’s founder. This award recognizes individuals and organizations whose work exemplify the values and objectives of the Society: recording Hyde Park’s history, preserving Hyde Park artifacts and documents, education, and promoting public interest in Hyde Park(…)

Water hike on horizon for Hyde Park and city

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Residents in Hyde Park and across the city will see an increase on their water and sewage bills within the next year. To offset the water tax hike, some City Council members are suggesting that homeowners join the Meter Save program. The Meter Save program is an already existing program(…)

Church hosts Peace Planter Awards

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Over the weekend, Leon Finney, Jr. celebrated 50 years in community organizing. Though the celebration centered around Finney, his half-century in service and his recent honor by his alma mater the McCormick Theological Seminary, 5460 S. University Ave., as this year’s “Distinguished Alumni,” Finney also took the time to celebrate(…)

CHPV celebrates two year anniversary

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) opened in November 2014 and to commemorate the occasion, its members are hosting a two-year anniversary celebration on Thursday, Nov. 17. The event will take place at the Hyde Park Bank, 1525 E. 53rd St., in the 2nd floor lobby from 5:30 p.m. to(…)

“Where the Wild Things Are” exhibit to open at MSI

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., has a new exhibit opening this Thursday, Nov. 10, that brings a beloved book to life. “Where the Wild Things Are: The Works of Maurice Sendak,” will display 50 original drawings from the author and illustrator of the classic(…)

Voters in 22nd district claim candidate’s name absent from ballot

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Some voters in the 22nd precinct experienced issues this morning as they casted their ballots. Carol Reliford, a Hyde Park Resident, got to her polling place at Beulah Shoesmith Elementary School, 1330 E. 50th Pl., early Tuesday, Nov. 8, just after 6:15 a.m., as she does every election. While she(…)

Broken ballot box at 33rd precinct

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Voters in the 33rd precinct are not able to submit their ballots into the ballot box. This morning, a Facebook user who voted in the area today shared on video that the ballot box at that particular polling place at 6250 S. Harper Ave. was broken. Instead, voters were instructed(…)

Hales Franciscan alum shot in Roseland

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A Hales Franciscan alum was shot dead Saturday night, Nov. 5, in the Roseland neighborhood. 22-year-old, Adama Moye was sitting inside his parked car at 10 p.m. on the 120 block of West 98th Street waiting for a friend. According to Police, “an occupant in a dark-colored vehicle pulled alongside(…)