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U. of C. defends Obama Library proposal at Jackson Park Advisory Council meeting

U. of C. defends Obama Library proposal at Jackson Park Advisory Council meeting

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago included Washington and Jackson parks in its bid to host the Obama Library to present the first couple with a more attractive option than land the school already owns. University of Chicago (U. of C.) Vice President for Civic Engagement Derek Douglas defended the proposal to(…)

Library needs all voices

By JAY TRAVIS While there is great enthusiasm regarding the University of Chicago’s proposals to locate President Barack Obama’s presidential library in either Washington Park or Jackson Park, the concerns of residents about the bid should not be dismissed. At two separate public hearings, in which people arrived on foot, by car and by charter(…)

Setting the record straight at Dyett

To the Editor: In a recent news Gazette article “Newsbrief: Dyett High to reconfigure, remain open” dated January 1, 2015 Alderman Will Burns’ description of his leadership with regards to Dyett High School is inaccurate. We are writing this letter because it is dishonest for an elected official or agency to position themselves as leaders on(…)

Hyde Parkers seeking to form advisory council for Cornell Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A park advisory council (PAC) may soon form for Cornell Park, 5473 S. Cornell Ave. A group of around 16 community members plus Ald. Hairston (5th) and two of her assistants attended a Jan. 5 meeting at the Chicago Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell Ave., to draft bylaws and an(…)

Jesus “Chuy” Garcia voices opposition to placing Obama library in Washington Park

Jesus “Chuy” Garcia voices opposition to placing Obama library in Washington Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia said he does not support using public land in Washington Park for the Obama Library. In a statement released Tuesday, Garcia, a former alderman and current commissioner on the Cook County Board, said he opposes granting 20 acres of parkland for the Obama Library and(…)

Three forums planned this week for 4th, 5th ward candidates

Fourth and 5th Ward aldermanic candidates will appear at three forums in the coming week. This Saturday, Jan. 24, Ald. Will Burns (4th) and challengers Tracey Bey and Norman Bolden will attend a forum hosted by the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave.(…)

Review: “H.M.S. Pinafore”

Review: “H.M.S. Pinafore”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: The Hypocrites, The Den Theatre, 1329-33 N. Milwaukee Ave. When: through Feb. 7 Tickets: $36-$50 Phone: 773-525-5991 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If you’re a fan of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas, you should go to The Hypocrites’ “H.M.S. Pinafore” with an open mind, a very open mind. If you’re unfamiliar with the(…)

Final list of aldermanic candidates approved for 4th, 5th wards

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Nine candidates will appear on the ballot for 4th and 5th ward alderman this February. The candidates for 4th Ward alderman will be incumbent Will Burns, Tracey Bey and Norman Bolden. The candidates for 5th Ward alderman will be incumbent Leslie Hairston, Tiffany Brooks, Jedidiah Brown, Robin Boyd Clark, Jocelyn Hare(…)

Logan Center to screen film on Chicago school closures

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The School Project is hosting the second of its six-part screening series on education issues in Chicago at the University of Chicago Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts’ performance hall on Jan. 22. The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research will also release a new(…)

Northern Harmony Quartet warms a winter night

Northern Harmony Quartet warms a winter night

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Vittoria Aleotti (ca. 1573-1646) was one of five daughters of the successful Italian architect Giovanni Battista Aleotti, a resident of Ferrara. Vittoria’s musical talent was recognized early and she was first given private lessons with the accomplished musicians Alessandro Milleville and Ercole Pasquini. Later, at the tender age of(…)

Review: “Airline Highway”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through Feb 8 Tickets: $20-$86 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Lisa D’Amour is no Lanford Wilson. Not yet, at least. Although the world premiere of her “Airline Highway” at Steppenwolf Theatre has been compared to the company’s legendary productions of Wilson’s(…)

South Side Young Life youth group to host chili cook-off

The South Side Young Life organization is hosting “Chili Cook-Off” Jan. 25 from 1 p.m. to 3p.m. at 4524 S. Ellis Ave. Young Life, which has active clubs at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave.; DuSable, 4934 S. Wabash Ave., and the University of Chicago Laboratory High School, 1362 E. 59th St., is a faith-based(…)

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community conference to host 4th, 5th ward forums

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference will host two aldermanic forums this month for 4th and 5th Ward candidates. A forum for 4th Ward candidates will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 24, at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. A 5th Ward forum is(…)

Friends of the White City raises a little cash

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A non-profit group promoting this history of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition raised $650 in an online campaign this winter. Friends of the White City President Ray Johnson admitted it was “a little shy” of the group’s $10,000 goal, but said the the money would fully support his tours of(…)

Lutheran School of Theology to celebrate MLK

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) will host a service and luncheon as part of its fifth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. The Albert “Pete” Pedro Jr. Multicultural Center, located at LSTC, 1100 E. 55th St., will host the Rev. M. Wyvetta Bullock, assistant to the presiding bishop and executive for(…)