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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(…)

CHPV to hold opening gala

CHPV to hold opening gala

The Chicago Hyde Park Village opening gala will take place at 2:30 p.m., Nov. 22 at the South Side YMCA, 6330 S. Stony Island Ave. CHPV is an organization that offers help, advice and referrals to older residents in Hyde Park who want to remain in their homes as they age. Highlights of the event(…)

Part Ten: “They were all Republicans,” Drexel Boulevard – 39th to 47th Streets

Part Ten: “They were all Republicans,” Drexel Boulevard – 39th to 47th Streets

Editor’s note: The series has completed a look at the development of the major intersections along Lake Park Avenue, and turned to stories of interest within the Hyde Park and Kenwood communities. The articles are all of varying topics, but relate to the residences that currently or in the past have defined the urban fabric.(…)

Hyde Parker asking for increased accessibility as City prepares to revamp 55th Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer At least one Hyde Parker is already making recommendations for the City’s planned long-term makeover of 55th Street. George Rumsey said he sent the Chicago Department of Transportation an e-mail last week calling attention to the nine recommendations made in the Hyde Park Disabilities Task Force’s 2012 report on 55th(…)

House Ethics Committee still investigating Bobby Rush

The House Committee on Ethics said last Monday it will continue investigating alleged violations by U.S. Rep Bobby Rush (D-1). That day, the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) also released a July report concluding that Rush, who represents most of Hyde Park, has never paid for rent on his campaign office since he joined Congress.(…)

Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce celebrates 75 years, local businesses honored

Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce celebrates 75 years, local businesses honored

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 75th anniversary at an annual dinner Thursday night at Congregation Rodfei Zedek, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd. The event included a raffle of prizes donated by businesses all over Hyde Park. The night’s big winner, taking home a pair of $750 diamond(…)

Accolades for Kenwood, Ancona and Lab plus a Thanksgiving concert in school news

Accolades for Kenwood, Ancona and Lab plus a Thanksgiving concert in school news

Honorable mention for tennis playing senior at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. Kenwood Academy student and tennis player Caitlyn Schaffer had a good athletic senior year. Schaffer won first place at Sectionals for the Kenwood Girls Tennis team and went on to compete in the Illinois High School Association’s Girls State Tennis Tournament Finals in(…)

Hyde Park opera singer to perform anthem at Bears game this Sunday

Hyde Park opera singer to perform anthem at Bears game this Sunday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Parker Wilbur Pauley will sing the national anthem at this Sunday’s Chicago Bears football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Lyric Opera bass singer’s Nov. 23 appearance at Soldier Field will be his third time singing the anthem for the Bears. A Hyde Park resident since 2005, Pauley(…)

Sick days should be available to all

By ALD. WILL BURNS (4TH) The vast majority of middle class workers in Chicago earn paid sick days. It’s something many of us take for granted. So much so, that it’s hard to imagine an employer who doesn’t offer paid sick days. But the truth is that a disproportionate number of hourly workers and low-income workers are(…)

Sunshine is still the best disinfectant

The best of Hyde Park’s impulses have been on display in recent weeks in response to allegations of harassment of young people by the University of Chicago Police Department. A community meeting was held to air grievances. A task force is in formation under the auspices of the Fifth Ward office. Hyde Parkers are being(…)

We must defend against paternalism

To the Editor: In his Nov. 5 letter about the University of Chicago Police Department, Michael Scott puts the emphasis where it needs to be: changing the laws. Nothing much will happen without that. Of course police engaged in community policing should be subject to the Freedom of Information Act. And we as citizens should(…)

South Side teens boost business and art skills selling Christmas wreaths

South Side teens boost business and art skills selling Christmas wreaths

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Love Unity and Values (LUV) Institute has expanded its entrepreneurial program to include at-risk boys and girls from across the Mid-South Side. This year the LUV Institute is employing 14 boys and girls from Englewood, Woodlawn, Washington Park, Bronzeville, Hyde Park and Oakwood. They will work part-time paid jobs(…)

Ray Elementary principal reports improving scores at “State of the School” address

Ray Elementary principal reports improving scores at “State of the School” address

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School has steered clear of Level 3 low-performing status but has to continue to work on improving its scores, especially in the area of math, said Ray Principal Megan Thole Thursday evening at the “State of the School” address. In November 2013 then-interim principal Toni Hill told(…)