About James Smith

Posts by James Smith:

Ray LSC endorses budget

Ray LSC endorses budget

By Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School local school council held a special meeting on Thursday, Aug. 29, to approve its revised budget for the school year. In July, the LSC at Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., joined several other schools around the city in rejecting the 2013-2014 school year budget proposed(…)

No. 192 to make stop at 53rd Street

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Shoppers coming from downtown to 53rd Street will have another transit option. The 192 University of Chicago Hospitals Express bus will add a southbound stop at 53rd Street and Lake Park Avenue. The bus route currently travels express from Roosevelt Road and State Street to 59th Street and Kimbark Avenue.(…)

Beekeeping forum in Hyde Park

The Jackson Park Fieldhouse will host a beekeeping forum from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 7. Michael Thompson, farm manager for the Chicago Honey Co-op will speak about urban beekeeping and the future of bees. The fieldhouse is located at 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Open Produce holds opening

Local grocer Open Produce’s ongoing experiment in blending the delicious with the creative continues this weekend with its third monthly art opening. The work of painter Zac Franzoni with be hung at the store, 1635 E. 55th St., for an opening on Saturday, Sept. 7. The artist will be on hand to answer questions about(…)

Seniors to get a day at the circus

“Senior’s Day at the Circus,” hosted by the Chicago Park District, will take place at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18, in Washington Park at 51st Street and Payne Avenue. The event will feature UniverSoul circus, which presents an interactive combination of circus art, theater and music. Ticket sales began Tuesday, Sept. 3. Tickets are $8(…)

Touring St. Thomas in Sept.

Touring St. Thomas in Sept.

St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 5472 S. Kimbark Ave., will be the topic of a Chicago Architecture Foundation historic tour on Saturday, Sept. 21. Architecture historian Vince Michael will discuss architect Barry Byrne, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, who built this first modern Catholic church in Chicago in 1924. The tour meets at the(…)

No. 2 at UCPD moves on

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Tom Phillips, who had been deputy chief with the University of Chicago Police Department, recently left to become police chief at Northern Illinois University. Phillips was named NIU’s police chief on Wednesday, Aug. 28. His initial salary will be $160,000 and extends through June 30, 2014. NIU’s police force is(…)

Why I’m not running for governor

By STATE SEN. KWAME RAOUL (D-13) First, I want to convey my deep and lasting appreciation to the men and women, from communities throughout the state, who have expressed confidence in my ability to lead Illinois as its next chief executive. I am inspired by their determination to improve life for all our residents, and(…)