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Remembering Mike Nichols, the original Compass Player

Remembering Mike Nichols, the original Compass Player

Mike Nichols, satirist and director of “The Graduate,” died last week in his Manhattan home. His time in Hyde Park helped to shape Chicago’s theater scene as we know it today. Nichols came to Chicago in the 1950s after dropping out of New York University. Here he enrolled in a pre-med program at the University(…)

Free weekend trolley to give Hyde Park shoppers a lift this holiday season

Free weekend trolley to give Hyde Park shoppers a lift this holiday season

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A trolley will help shoppers traverse the neighborhood through the holiday season beginning on Black Friday. Hyde Park’s Special Service Area (SSA) is funding the pilot program. An SSA is an additional property tax an area, usually a business district, levied on itself for the purposes of promoting business. The(…)

Fifth Ward aldermanic candidate Robin Boyd-Clark is all business

Fifth Ward aldermanic candidate Robin Boyd-Clark is all business

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer South Shore business owner Robin Boyd-Clark is touting her community involvement and entrepreneurial experience to convince 5th Ward voters she should be alderman. Boyd-Clark is one of several ward residents who has expressed interest in the office in the run up to this week’s deadline to file petitions to run(…)

Dozens of dying ash trees at Midway Plaisance to be replaced

Dozens of dying ash trees at Midway Plaisance to be replaced

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Chicago Park District will replace more than 100 dying ash trees along the Midway Plaisance with new species next spring. The city began felling 102 of the park’s ash trees last summer because of an infestation of emerald ash borer beetles, according to CPD spokesperson Jessica Maxey Faulkner. “The(…)

State Sen. Kwame Raoul awaits appeal after pension bill ruled unconstitutional

The Sangamon County Circuit Court ruled Friday that last year’s pension reform bill is unconstitutional. The ruling comes shy of a year since Gov. Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 1 into law, controversial legislation that raised state employee retirement ages, cut employee contributions and tied pension benefit increases to inflation with the aim of saving(…)

Murray Elementary parent part of new group pushing for high school language academy

Murray Elementary parent part of new group pushing for high school language academy

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Murray Elementary School is one of four language academies in Chicago that offers language courses such as Arabic, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Japanese and Spanish as a part of its daily curriculum. A group of parents and educators whose students attend language academies have now proposed a Chicago Language(…)

Feds to help investigate racist Facebook post at University of Chicago

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Federal authorities are helping the University of Chicago investigate after someone anonymously hacked into a student’s Facebook account and posted a violent and racist message last Tuesday. This comes on the heels of a student group alleging the university has a campus culture that is hostile to minority students. President(…)

Hyde Park teenager missing since Halloween

Hyde Park teenager missing since Halloween

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A 16-year-old Hyde Park boy has been missing since Oct. 31, according to the Chicago Police Department. Keenan Mardis, 16, of the 5400 block of South Everett Avenue, is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 120 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair and a medium complexion. He may(…)