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Gun laws at the Station

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Experimental Station will present an exhibit addressing the impact of the new Firearm Concealed Carry legislation in Illinois that went into effect on Jan. 1. On July 2, Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons. The law officially went(…)

Deval Patrick to speak at university

Massachusetts Governor and South Side native Deval Patrick will deliver the keynote address at the University of Chicago’s Martin Luther King Celebration at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. Patrick has deep ties to the South Side of Chicago and the Washington Park community, where he(…)

Bobby Rush cash questions 

The Better Government Association recently teamed up with the Chicago Sun-Times to publish a two-part series investigating 2nd District Congressman Bobby Rush’s finances. The four articles cover Rush’s rent on his political office at 3361 S. Martin Luther King Dr., a backlog in owed taxes, the use of $1 million in funds for a planned(…)

Comings and goings on the education beat in 2013

Comings and goings on the education beat in 2013

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Robin Appleby appointed to succeeded David Magill In January 2013, University of Chicago Laboratory School Director David Magill announced that he plans to retire in June 2014. Magill, who has been the director of the schools for about 11 years, said he announced his retirement early so the Lab(…)

A roundup of a hot development year

A roundup of a hot development year

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Harper Court Harper Court opened after years of planning and was sold within a week to the University of Chicago. Top brass from the University of Chicago, Vermilion Development, the City of Chicago, Hyatt Hotels and others that helped fund it cut the ribbon on the $139 million development on(…)

CPS bombshell in 2013

CPS bombshell in 2013

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Public schools in Hyde Park usually make it through the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) school closing announcements unscathed, but this year the neighborhood did not escape. As the district continued its search for ways to make cuts that would lead to a balanced budget, a wider range of schools(…)

2013: Chaka returns

2013: Chaka returns

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chaka Khan, legendary Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and Kenwood Academy High School alum, visited Chicago on July 27 and July 28 to receive honors for more than 40 years of excellence in the music industry. On July 27, Khan visited Hyde Park and was honored in a street naming(…)

2013 a big year for The Ancona School

2013 a big year for The Ancona School

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2013 with special events throughout the school year including a photo exhibit, education symposium and a 50th Anniversary Gala. Photo exhibit The celebration began with the opening of its historical photo exhibit, which included a timeline of the history of Ancona,(…)