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Ray Elementary school council votes against pre-K program — for now

Ray Elementary school council votes against pre-K program — for now

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School Local School Council (LSC) voted against adding a full-day pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) program to its school. Ray teachers, parents and administrators at Thursday night’s emergency meeting called the program “too risky.” Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., was chosen by Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) Early Childhood Education(…)

Alderman Will Burns reflects on first term, makes case for re-election

Alderman Will Burns reflects on first term, makes case for re-election

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Freshman alderman Will Burns (4th) has to convince voters he deserves a second term. Burns, a decades-long resident of the Mid-South Side and graduate of the University of Chicago, is being challenged by Bronzeville entrepreneurs Tracey Bey and Norman Bolden in this month’s upcoming election. This is his second re-election(…)

Aldermanic hopefuls vie for votes at two 5th Ward forums

Aldermanic hopefuls vie for votes at two 5th Ward forums

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer For the first time last week all 5th Ward candidates came together to debate each other at a pair of forums, including one hosted by the League of Women Voters of Hyde Park and another by the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (HP-K CC). The candidates were Robin Boyd-Clark, Tiffany Brooks,(…)

Frozen yogurt shop Zberry closes to stay afloat amid winter weather, chain competition

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Frozen yogurt shop Zberry, 1368 E. 53rd St., will stay closed through the first half of March to weather a challenging business climate. This is the store’s first winter closed since it opened in 2011, according to owner Zenzille Powell, a measure she said she took last December to save(…)

Nurses at University of Chicago Medical Center authorize strike

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The 1,500 union nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center voted to authorize a strike last week if bargaining negotiations fail. The members of National Nurses United voted on Thursday to authorize a one-day strike if negotiations with the administration at UCMC do not improve. A strike date has(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society comes out against using parkland for Obama Library

Hyde Park Historical Society comes out against using parkland for Obama Library

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society said it opposes using public parkland for the Obama Presidential Library In a statement released recently HPHS said it “strongly supports siting the Obama Presidential Library on Chicago’s Southside.” “Our respect for President Obama is immeasurable and his legacy is beyond doubt. However, building the(…)

Ray Elementary students number one in chess league

Ray Elementary students number one in chess league

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School Chess Club won first place in its section in the Chicago Scholastic Chess League Renaissance Knights Competition. Melinda Burgin and Henry Samra, 5th graders at Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., were two of the five team members that competed in the competition earlier this month.(…)

CDOT proposes sweeping changes to 55th Street

CDOT proposes sweeping changes to 55th Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Around 35 people attended a presentation last Thursday by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) to discuss potential changes to 55th Street. CDOT project director Janet Attarian presented a rough draft of a master plan for 55th Street at Catholic Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell Ave., based on community suggestions(…)

Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House nominated as UNESCO World Heritage Site

Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House nominated as UNESCO World Heritage Site

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Robie House could be Chicago’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. The National Park Service, the body that nominates significant landmarks in the U.S. to be considered for the honorary designation, nominated 10 Frank Lloyd Wright buildings last week. “Through its World Heritage Sites the United States can share with(…)

Kenwood Broncos basketball team makes school history with Red-Central victory

Kenwood Broncos basketball team makes school history with Red-Central victory

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer For the first time in school history, the Kenwood Broncos (16-5, 10-0) finished undefeated in the Chicago Public League Red Central Conference with a victory over longtime rivals Dunbar Vocational High School on Senior Night. “We understood the importance of this game,” said Broncos head coach Marlo Finner. “We knew(…)

Some priorities for 2015

By STATE REP. CHRISTIAN MITCHELL (D-26) Earlier this month, I had the distinct honor of being sworn into my second term as state representative of the 26th District. I ran for office because I believe that the most important guiding principle for our state, as we debate our budget and our plan for the future,(…)

Burns, don’t neglect voters already here

To the Editor: I attended the aldermanic forum sponsored by the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference last Saturday. Ald. Will Burns (4th) touted his successes on 53rd Street, bragging that people might now come to the South Side “and maybe want to live here.” Huh? So the people who already live here (and vote here) don’t matter? Because(…)

Good news for Hyde Park’s renters

To the Editor: Residential rental tenants in the city of Chicago work hard for the money they spend every month on a place to live. For those hard-earned dollars, they should also receive the assurance that the buildings they call home meet the basic safety standards required by the city. I was very proud to(…)

An opponent sets Burns’ record straight

To the Editor: I would like to thank the Coalition for Equitable Community Development and the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference for hosting the recent aldermanic forums. These forums provide a vital service in ensuring that Hyde Parkers are engaged and informed. However, I do feel I must correct two misperceptions that have repeatedly arisen. Ald.(…)

Road rules don’t apply in Hyde Park

To the Editor: The trucks just keep on rolling down Kimbark Avenue and 52nd Street. This continues even though there is a sign clearly marked at the corner of 51st Street and Kimbark Avenue stating a no truck weight limit. I have reached out to the rising star Ald. Will Burns’ (4th) office, and his(…)

U. of C. reveals selfish side

To the Editor: Thank you Stephanie Franklin for your careful documentation of the deceitful behavior of the University of Chicago in attempting to force the use of precious public parkland instead of privately held acreage in its bid for the Obama Presidential Library. (“Case never made for need for park land for Obama Library,” Jan.(…)

Fourth Ward candidates spar over education, development at Hyde Park forum

Fourth Ward candidates spar over education, development at Hyde Park forum

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer All three 4th Ward candidates — Ald. Will Burns and challengers Tracey Bey and Norman Bolden — attended a forum hosted by the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference on Saturday morning at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The candidates fielded questions from audience members and four moderators: Linda Thisted, co-vice(…)

The U. of C. Revels return this weekend — in a parallel universe

The U. of C. Revels return this weekend — in a parallel universe

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The University of Chicago Revels, a century-long Hyde Park tradition, will return next weekend. This year’s Revels, entitled “Any Resemblance,” was conceived by Andy Austin a former court artist and wife of late U. of C. professor Ted Cohen. She has written the script for ten shows. The show’s title(…)