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Where’s Toni? — still “staying out of it”

To the Editor: Toni Preckwinkle has declined to publicly endorse Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for mayor of Chicago. In a public statement, she said, “I’m staying out of it for now.” Preckwinkle is the most respected African American elected official in town. Her endorsement of Garcia for Chicago’s mayor would be honored by many voters, especially(…)

Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Yeomen of the Guard” at Mandel Hall this weekend

Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Yeomen of the Guard” at Mandel Hall this weekend

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company’s stage director promises that this year’s production of “The Yeomen of the Guard” will make the audience laugh more than “H.M.S. Pinafore.” The 55th production in the company’s history, “Yeomen” is one that came later in the collaborative history of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur(…)

New law from local representatives could shed light on University of Chicago police

New law from local representatives could shed light on University of Chicago police

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Contributor New legislation may be a major victory for activists concerned about transparency in the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD). Introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives by state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) with Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26), the bill would force the UCPD to the same standard for(…)

Former Hyde Parker might go to Mars

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Mars One, a Dutch not-for-profit organization, has set the ambitious goal of sending 24 people to colonize Mars in ten years. Mead McCormick, now a California resident but a 2009 graduate of the University of Chicago, hopes to take some of the filmmaking skills she learned in Hyde Park to(…)

K.A.M. Isaiah Israel to close nursery school — for now

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Nursery School is closing after this school year. The synagogue’s board of directors voted last Monday night to close the nursery school and postpone enrollment for the next school year due to the resignation of the director of education. Sarah Court resigned from her position as(…)

Local group seeking letters of support for Dyett High School proposal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett is seeking letters of community support as it prepares to enter the Chicago Public Schools request for proposals (RFP) process in April, according to a representative that attended a recent Wednesday night Hyde Park Kenwood Community Action Council (HP-K CAC) meeting. “An open enrollment(…)

“The Property,” though flawed, worth seeing

Where: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie When: through March 5 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic As part of its effort to reach new audiences, Lyric Opera of Chicago — through its Lyric Unlimited initiative — presented the world premiere of a new, short klezmer opera at the Logan Center,(…)

“West Side Story”

RECOMMENDED Where: Drury Lane Theatre, Oakbrook Terrace When: through March 29 Tickets: $45-$60 Phone: 630-530-0111 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic West Side Story” always lingers in my mind as one of the greatest musicals ever. Conceived and originally directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, the modern take on “Romeo and Juliet” by Arthur Laurents (book),(…)

Accusations of fraud mar Election Day in 4th, 5th wards

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Election Day went smoothly at many 4th and 5th ward polling places, but not without some serious concerns. In the 4th Ward, Ald. Will Burns’ challengers Tracey Bey and Norman Bolden are calling on Ald. Will Burns to reject Tuesday’s results in light of alleged electoral fraud. Burns was re-elected(…)

Gilbert and Sullivan return

The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company will present “The Yeomen of the Guard” next week in Mandel Hall. The company’s 55th annual production will tell the story of a man falsely accused of sorcery by his envious relative, while friends try to free him before his execution. The performance is 3 hours long with one(…)

Robie after hours for you

Robie after hours for you

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Each Friday in April Robie House will host an after hours gathering open to the public. “April After Hours at the Robie House: Drinks, music and a Frank Lloyd Wright Masterpiece” will give visitors the opportunity to see a masterpiece of modern architecture in a casual environment. The Frank Lloyd(…)

When giving, don’t forget the local

To the Editor: More than ever, individual philanthropic giving is essential to the success of non-profit organizations. Because headlines often refer to large, high-profile organizations, it is easy to overlook the substantial impact that private donors can make in the lives of local children and families. The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club is an apt example.(…)

Local tries, but Toni staying out of race

Local tries, but Toni staying out of race

A member of the Hyde Park Historical Society and a leader in the city’s preservation community has shared an online petition asking Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to back Chuy Garcia in next month’s runoff election for mayor. Prospects of the petition pushing Preckwinkle into the endorsement are slim, however. The petition, by Jack(…)

Ray getting room

Ray getting room

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School was awarded the Lowes Toolbox grant. The school will use the $5,000 grant to build a family resource center, according to Ray Principal Meagan Thole. Members of the school’s Culture and Climate Committee met with parents and volunteers Saturday morning at Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark, Ave.,(…)

Study: Test scores not best measure of outcomes

Study: Test scores not best measure of outcomes

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Attendance and grade point average are the best indicators of whether middle school students will do well in high school and not standardized test scores, according to a report from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR). In the report, “Looking forward to High School and(…)

All history begins in the local

All history begins in the local

Editor’s note: University of Chicago historian Neil Harris, who has for many years made local history a special part of his work, was acknowledged last Saturday by the Hyde Park Historical Society for his dedication to Hyde Park and its past. These are a slightly edited version of his remarks. By NEIL HARRIS It is(…)

Elected board, dance in the news

Elected board, dance in the news

Overwhelming support for an elected school board in the 4th and 5th wards Voters in the 4th and 5th Wards voted in large number in favor of an elected school board. No legislative action has to be taken on the nonbinding referendum, which was presented on the ballot in 37 wards, but it is a(…)

Shoreline plans

Shoreline plans

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A plan by the Chicago Park District would add seven acres of land to Burnham Park, raise the shoreline several feet and add places for viewing the Morgan Shoal. The Park District and the Army Corps of Engineers will soon finalize a plan to perform revetment work in Burnham Park(…)

Hyde Park’s harried election

Hyde Park’s harried election

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Most candidates are now done campaigning for this year’s election and like many of their signs, which just a few days ago sat perched at storefronts and atop piles of snow, have disappeared from public sight. Yet despite incumbent Alds. Will Burns and Leslie Hairston’s decisive victories in the 4th(…)

Part Twelve: Remarkable Gifts: Fernwood Villa

Part Twelve: Remarkable Gifts: Fernwood Villa

By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS The spring of 1901 found the grounds of Fernwood Villa chilly and damp — warmth was slow to come after another of Chicago’s cold winters. Although daylight lengthens by May, the month is notorious as the winds often shift off the lake and temperatures suddenly fall. Yet Maria Scammon was content,(…)