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La Rabida seeks aid

La Rabida seeks aid

This holiday season, La Rabida Children’s Hospital and the Hyde Park Herald are teaming up to support some of the neediest families that make use of the hospital’s award-winning facilities. An estimated 94 percent of the hospital’s net patient revenue comes from Medicaid and does not begin to cover the costs expended to care for(…)

Open Produce features art

Open Produce features art

By JENNET POSEY Herald Intern A new art exhibit featuring paintings by local artists Sandra Morrissey and Emily Bennett is on display through the month at Open Produce, 1635 E. 55th St. Morrissey, a Hyde Park resident, focuses her work on landscape paintings inspired by the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Michigan. She uses a playful(…)

U-High dominates over Elgin Academy, 74-24

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer After finishing 9-2 in last year’s Independent School League conference, the 4-0 University High Maroons boys basketball team stormed into conference play on Friday night with clear intentions: to dominate conference foes Elgin Academy (0-1, 2-2) in their home opener on John Rogers Court. “We understood coming into this game the importance of not playing to(…)

Kenwood wrestling begins season with a strong victory

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 the(…)

Why I pushed the pension bill

By STATE SEN. KWAME RAOUL (D-13) A legislator’s test of courage is not the 90 percent of votes that are easy, but the 10 percent that are not. The solvency of our pension funds, our declining bond rating, the quality of public education, essential state services and yes, the promises Illinois has made to its(…)

Raoul, Currie weigh in on controversial pension bill they helped to pass

Raoul, Currie weigh in on controversial pension bill they helped to pass

By JEFFERY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor When Gov. Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 1 Thursday, he capped a years-long debate in the Illinois legislature over how to address the state’s pension crisis — with the help of Hyde Park’s elected officials. Beginning this year, Illinois’ unpaid debt to its public employee retirees amounted to(…)

Objections to Pritzker bed and breakfast ignore track record

Objections to Pritzker bed and breakfast ignore track record

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Although Kenwood residents recently objected to a plan that would restore two aging Frank Lloyd Wright houses and turn them into a bed-and-breakfast, there have been B&Bs in the neighborhood for years. Many people at a 4th Ward meeting last month complained that a B&B would be a commercial enterprise on(…)

CPS is MIA for Canter meeting

CPS is MIA for Canter meeting

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park’s new schools chief received a grilling after disgruntled community members were stood up, Wednesday evening, by Community Action Council (CAC) representatives for an information session. The residents are taking steps to move forward in their efforts to keep Canter Middle School open. At a CPS board meeting(…)