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Gov. Rauner talks innovation at CIE celebration

Gov. Rauner talks innovation at CIE celebration

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner paid a visit to Hyde Park Wednesday morning to congratulate the Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE) on one year of innovation in the community and its exciting expansions in programming. Rauner spoke about the importance of entrepreneurship when it comes to the economy during the program’s celebration(…)

Sexual assault case discussed at Chicago Theological Seminary

Sexual assault case discussed at Chicago Theological Seminary

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Attorney Steven Denny and Muslim community leaders held a press conference in Hyde Park, Thursday afternoon, to address the second set of criminal charges of sexual abuse recently leveled against Abdullah Saleem, former president of the Institute of Islamic Education (IIE) in Elgin, Ill. Denny currently represents the four women(…)

Hyde Park Art Center furthers in international collaboration

Hyde Park Art Center furthers in international collaboration

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center has received a $40,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for its diverse, artistic exchanges. “The International Connections Fund enables Chicago’s vital arts and culture sector to continue to build Chicago’s reputation as a global city; the work that comes out(…)

Fire ravages historic church in Woodlawn

Fire ravages historic church in Woodlawn

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago Fire officials cited the spontaneous combustion of oily floor rags as the cause of a Wednesday morning fire that structurally devastated a historic Catholic church in Woodlawn. Late into Wednesday afternoon, firefighters continued to attend to hot spots in the interior of Shrine of Christ the King church, 6401,(…)

City Hyde Park reveals pricing

City Hyde Park reveals pricing

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The newest addition to Hyde Park housing, City Hyde Park, has begun the pre-leasing process for when the apartment complex opens up in late December. City Hyde Park, 5105 S. Harper Ave., will allow future residents to move in beginning Dec. 21, with rent starting at $1,800 for the cheapest(…)

Kenwood students help artist paint abandoned house

Kenwood students help artist paint abandoned house

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Early Sunday morning, Oct. 4, a group of Kenwood Academy high school students and Washington Park community members gathered at 5703 S. Lafayette Ave. to assist artist and architect Amanda Williams in painting an abandoned house the bright, reddish orange color of “Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.” As part of her project(…)

Rev. Jackson, McCarthy speak about September’s death rates

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. spoke out against what is being called the deadliest September in 13 years. At an Oct. 1 Rainbow PUSH Coalition (RPC) press conference, which was held at the intersection of 51st Street and Drexel Avenue—the site of a Sept. 16 shooting—Jackson advocated for stricter gun laws.(…)

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) students are one of the driving forces of suspension rates. The consortium report, which took two and a half-years to fully research, looks at how discipline is related to schools’(…)

Pedestrian safety discussed in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park is by-and-large a driving neighborhood. A majority of the community gets in their car and drives to where they need to go, but others do prefer the Chicago way of walking to destinations. In a community that is driver-focused, pedestrian safety has become a main concern. According to(…)

U. of C. data project hits the streets

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Thanks to a $3.1 million grant, the University of Chicago (U. of C.) will implement a citywide collaborative project between the city and scientific research to benefit the various communities of Chicago. Led by Charlie Catlett, a computer scientist and senior fellow at the Computation Institute at U. of C.,(…)

Used book sale this weekend

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 9th Annual Hyde Park Used Book Sale happens this weekend from Saturday, Oct. 10 through Monday, Oct. 12. The Hyde Park Kenwood Community Council (HPKCC) has been collecting used books, sheet music, videos and recordings in sellable condition since August for the yearly event that brings literary lovers from(…)

Review: Chicago bathed in Mozart Operas

By M.L. Rantala Classical Music Critic What: Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” Where: Lyric Opera, 20 North Wacker Dr. When: Through Oct. 24 Phone: 312-332-2244 And What: Mozart’s “Lucia Silla” Where: Harris Theater , 205 E. Randolph St. When: Through Oct. 4 Contact: chicagooperatheater.org The Chicago opera season opened with a splash on Saturday with(…)

Review: “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder”

Review: “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder”

RECOMMENDED Where: Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St. When: through Oct. 11 Tickets: $25-$123 Phone: 800-775-2000 You have to love a musical cheeky enough to begin with “A Warning to the Audience” to leave the theater. And, indeed, “The Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,” the 2014 Tony Award winner now at the(…)

Review: “Funnyman”

Review: “Funnyman”

RECOMMENDED Where: Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie When: through Oct. 25 Tickets: $25-$79 Phone: 847-673-6300 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The idea that comedians often are crying on the inside has become something of a cliché, so I expected Bruce Graham’s “Funnyman” to go beyond the obvious(…)

Let’s save Hales Franciscan

I’m not just a legislator; I’m a Hyde Park resident and – most importantly – a father. Like any father, I’m deeply worried about the recent rash of gun violence in my neighborhood. At times in the past two months, gunfire has even been exchanged across from my house, along paths my own kids walk(…)

Hyde Park rapidly gentrifying

To the Editor:  I did not know that I lived in one of the hottest, hippest, most quickly gentrifying neighborhoods of the city.  I thought that I lived in a solid, pleasant (if a bit stodgy) middle-class part of town.But Joseph Berrios, the Assessor,  corrected my misperceptions by upping  the market value of my house by over 36%(…)

Representative Mitchell is no union champion

To the Editor: Union workers are our neighbors, family members and our community stakeholders that contribute to the economic viability of our neighborhoods, which is why I was deeply honored that a strong coalition of union members and community organizations supported my initial run for public office. After taking two unconstitutional votes to slash the(…)

Academic enrichment  program opens third location in Hyde Park

Academic enrichment program opens third location in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Through an academic enrichment program, students from across the South Side are getting excited about learning and challenging themselves in their education. High Jump is an academic enrichment program, and its third location is in Hyde Park at the University of Chicago Lab School, 1362 E. 59th St., Lab Campus(…)

Hyde Park trees need care

Hyde Park trees need care

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park is known for its lush landscaping and towering trees that seem to be a nature lovers’ oasis in a city that is made up of concrete and metal, but recent events have caused ash trees to disappear in alarming numbers. Since the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle(…)

Margaret Scott Meyer, 92

Margaret Scott Meyer, 92

On August 24, 2015, in the University of Virginia Hospital, Margaret Scott Meyer, 92, passed into a realm where she is no doubt enjoying all she said she wanted from the afterlife: “Veuve Cliquot champagne, St. André cheese, and dark chocolate.” Born in 1923 in Seattle, Washington, she was the daughter of Bert J. Scott,(…)