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Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council mulls postponing new standardized test

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council mulls postponing new standardized test

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A volunteer from the parent education group Raise Your Hand Illinois spoke to community members at the Hyde Park –Kenwood Community Action Council (HP-K CAC) recently about the group’s recommendation that the full administering of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test be postponed(…)

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) still calling for $15 minimum wage

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) still calling for $15 minimum wage

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Alds. Leslie Hairston (5th) and Will Burns (4th) both voted last Tuesday to raise Chicago’s minimum wage to $13, but Hairston said it should be higher. Tuesday’s 44-5 vote ensured Chicago’s $8.25 minimum wage will rise to $10 by July 2015 and 50 cents every year through 2019, when it(…)

The ins and outs of nature restoration

To the Editor: Larry Wethington’s letter of Nov. 26 raises an important question. What is a native, he asks? Basically it is a plant or animal that was here at the time of settlement in the 17th and 18th centuries when the ecosystem was in balance.  Plants had evolved over thousands of years to survive(…)

Why is Currie advancing secrecy?

To the Editor: Citizens of the 25th District probably disagree about state income taxes, the Illiana expressway, or ways to solve the state’s pension problems. However, most would oppose more secrecy in any branch of government. Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie has a bill that would do just that as discussed in a Tribune editorial on(…)

Obama library should avoid park land fuss

To the Editor: I have said in the past that ”the Obama library committee would never attempt to usurp park land. Their intention is to focus on the general area of Woodlawn, where there is vacant land.” I’m sure that they are aware of the battle brewing against the Lucas Museum effort to locate on(…)

Obama library at cultural center?

To the Editor: The recommended Chicago site for the Obama Presidential Library must be the best that this city can offer — not just on the South Side. Chicago is a world class city. The site for the Obama Presidential Library and Museum must be the most aesthetically beautiful and the most historically and culturally significant. The site(…)

New CPS ratings show Hyde Park schools improving

New CPS ratings show Hyde Park schools improving

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) new school quality ratings were released Wednesday. Most of the schools in Hyde Park improved in ratings. The new school quality ratings are based on data collected during the 2013-14 school year and show that 161 schools achieved the highest rating of Level 1+ and(…)

Hyde Park groups focusing on local elder care needs

Hyde Park groups focusing on local elder care needs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) and The Church Home at Montgomery Place hosted two exploratory groups Wednesday to determine the needs of people in Hyde Park who are providing care to others with dementia or other chronic illnesses. When CHPV officially launched its full program in November at Augustana(…)

Hyde Park youth advocate Bryan Samuels recognized

Bryan Samuels, director of Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, was recognized by the Bright Promises Foundation for his work to improve the lives of disadvantaged children. The Bright Promises Foundation, which is a 140-year-old organization that invests in organizations that are doing trailblazing work for children, awarded Hyde Park resident Samuels with the(…)

First Unitarian Church hosting holiday sale this weekend

The final Green Holidayze sale of the year at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., will be held this weekend. The annual sale, now in its third year, includes donated items from the neighborhood and the congregation. Organizer Cindy Pardo said this year’s sale includes a great array of new and gently used items,(…)

Kenwood Academy, U. of C. Lab and Bret Harte in school news

Community talks on Academic Center move to begin at next Community Action Council meeting at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The first of a series of community discussions about Kenwood’s 7th and 8th grade Academic Center moving to the 4959 S. Blackstone Ave. building that once housed Canter Middle School will take(…)

In victory for advocates, U. of C. trauma  center to raise age limit

In victory for advocates, U. of C. trauma center to raise age limit

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Medical Center will raise the age of patients who can be admitted to its pediatric trauma care center to include children up to 17 years old. The trauma center at Comer Children’s Hospital, 5721 S. Maryland Ave., is the only level 1 trauma center on the(…)

State rep. Barbara Flynn Currie to be awarded for straight talk

Illinois House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) will receive the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform’s Dawn Clark Netsch “Straight Talk” Award next week. The award will be presented to the 18-term representative and longtime resident of Hyde Park at a 5:30 p.m. cocktail reception next Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Petterinos, 150 N. Dearborn St.(…)

New lecture series coming to DuSable Museum

A new lecture series exploring a wide variety of Black cultural and historical topics will kick off at the DuSable Museum of African American History this Thursday. The Missing Pages Lecture Series will begin at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Ames Auditorium at the museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., with a talk entitled “Economic Vestiges(…)

DuSable Museum to host monologue performance on Rodney King verdict

The DuSable Museum of African American History will present “Rodney King,” a monologue performance that recalls the events surrounding the 1992 Los Angeles riots, in January as part of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events’ (DCASE) OnEdge experimental theater, dance and performance series. “Rodney King,” which was written and directed by Roger(…)

Rising Russian pianist wows Chicago

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic University of Chicago Presents (UCP) scored big once again last month when they hosted the Chicago debut of Denis Kozhukhin. This pianist made his name by winning the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels when he was only 23. Later this season he will perform with the Chicago Symphony(…)

Review: “The Mousetrap”

RECOMMENDED Where: Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie When: through Dec. 14 Tickets: $25-$78 Phone: 847-673-6300 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Who doesn’t like a good whodunit for the holidays? That thought and Artistic Director BJ Jones’ realization that Northlight Theatre has never staged a “genuine mystery” in(…)

Review: “The Testament of Mary”

RECOMMENDED Where: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through Dec. 14 Tickets: $20-$60 Phone: 773-871-3000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic It’s not easy being an icon. Consider, for example, Mary, the mother of Jesus, immortalized forever in paintings and sculptures: Receiving the angel of the annunciation, holding her infant or crucified son, being(…)

It’s time for an elected board

By JAY TRAVIS The facts recently shared by the Chicago Tribune in its series regarding the Chicago Public Schools’ issuance of $1 billion in auction rate securities coupled with risky interest rate swaps was not news to parents, community organizers and labor leaders who have vigilantly worked to expose the misuse of funds intended for(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society to host talk on artist Cyrus Leroy Baldridge

Hyde Park Historical Society to host talk on artist Cyrus Leroy Baldridge

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Jay Mulberry will present the artwork of Cyrus Leroy Baldridge Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Hyde Park Historical Society. “I’ve been trying to open up a space for him to be recognized,” Mulberry said of the illustrator and oil painter. “He was very prominent but left(…)