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Review: “Tom Jones”

RECOMMENDED Where: Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie When: through Feb. 23 Tickets: $25-$75 Phone: 847-673-6300 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I don’t know if Artistic Director BJ Jones had escape from brutal weather in mind when he chose “Tom Jones” for Northlight Theatre’s mid-winter production, but the play, adapted by Jon Jory from Henry(…)

Ancona revisits diversity at event

Ancona revisits diversity at event

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School will host its second annual Diversity Symposium on March 1. The symposium is for educators, school leaders, parents and the community to discuss the importance and challenges of diversity. This year’s discussion will focus on diversity on a broader level by exploring the many faces, misconceptions(…)

Locals take control of presidential library bid

Locals take control of presidential library bid

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer announced his support for a library housing artifacts from Barack Obama’s presidency located on the South Side of Chicago on Friday. Zimmer’s statement came on the same day that the formal process of finding a location for the library and museum began. The Barack(…)

The hidden treasure behind the posh at Merge’s A10

The hidden treasure behind the posh at Merge’s A10

By Homa Bash Medill News Serice Casell Lewis winds his way around the newly opened restaurant effortlessly, running up and down stairs from the prep area to the kitchen countless times each shift. “Your glutes will thank me,” said Chef John Vermiglio, laughing as he dashes by. Every inch of the kitchen is buzzing as(…)

Kenwood bests DuSable

Kenwood bests DuSable

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer The Kenwood Broncos Wrestling team defeated the DuSable Panthers 27-24 in a round robbin match held at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., on Saturday afternoon. The Broncos were excited to kick off their first match of the season and were looking to make a statement against the Panthers. “Our goal is to finish first in(…)

Local pols target minimum wage

Local pols target minimum wage

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer With primary elections less than six weeks away, Hyde Park representatives at the state and city level are pushing for a higher minimum wage. Since last fall, state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) has been sponsoring a bill that would raise the Illinois minimum wage, and just last week Alds.(…)

Ruling is not discouraging us

To the Editor: Last week the judge hearing the McMobil zoning case, Kathleen M. Pantle, granted a motion filed by the University of Chicago’s lawyers to dismiss our lawsuit. The motion alleged that the title company we hired to mail required notices miscalculated the property boundaries and thus failed to notify seven property owners on(…)

Why e-cigarettes need greater restriction

By ALD. WILLIAM D. BURNS (4TH) In January, I co-sponsored an ordinance to apply smoking restrictions to electronic cigarettes — namely, that e-cigarettes cannot be used in restaurants, bars and indoors. My father died 12 years ago at the age of 59 of a heart attack caused by a lifetime of smoking. Despite my father’s(…)