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Hope in recent election results

To the Editor: While Illinois families face tremendous challenges at both the state and municipal levels, the results of Chicago’s February 24, 2015 nonpartisan election offer inspiration, and accountability. In an unprecedented jolt to Chicago’s political establishment, Chicago voters forced a runoff between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Cook County Board Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.(…)

Equity in school funding is a central civil rights issue of our time

By STATE REP. CHRISTIAN MITCHELL (D-26) A public school in the northwest suburbs touts amenities such as a state-of-the-art rock climbing wall, a photography lab, a TV studio and free Chromebooks for all incoming students. Other districts have multiple Olympic-size swimming pools. But in some schools in the 26th District, there are children using textbooks(…)

“Under City Stone” mural at 55th Street getting a boost

“Under City Stone” mural at 55th Street getting a boost

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement is funding the restoration of a mural in the 55th Street viaduct this summer. Wisconsin-based artist and former Hyde Parker Caryl Yasko will lead the restoration of her 1972 mural, “Under City Stone,” according to Nika Levando, director of Neighborhood Initiatives for(…)

Two-way traffic and new signage on 57th Street to be explored in online poll, meeting

Two-way traffic and new signage on 57th Street to be explored in online poll, meeting

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Major changes may be in the works for 57th Street. A public meeting to discuss the possibilities will take place at 6 p.m. on April 13, at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. The South East Chicago Commission and Ald. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) office have been circulating a survey via(…)

Kozminski Elementary ripe for new community garden

Kozminski Elementary ripe for new community garden

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kozminski Elementary School is expanding its learning experiences to the outdoors with a community garden, which is expected to be complete by June. Kozminski, 936 E. 54th St., in partnership with Openlands, an organization that protects natural habitats and wildlife in Illinois, will create a 2,000-square-foot community garden on(…)

Murray Elementary court ruling, starry night and spring benefit in school news

Judge rules on civil rights case against principal of Murray Elementary School, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave. U.S. District Judge Manish Shah threw out a civil suit Thursday brought by teacher Lincoln Brown who claimed Murray principal Greg Mason and Chicago Public Schools violated his First and Fifth Amendment rights by suspending him without pay for(…)

Bret Harte Elementary students headed to D.C. this spring

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Bret Harte Elementary School 8th graders have raised enough money to visit Washington, D.C., this spring. This event is a highlight for the school’s first graduating 8th grade class since the 2002 -2003 school year. From April 22 to April 24, 27 students from the graduating class at Bret(…)

All you need is love — of the baroque

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic It has become commonplace for those offering concerts to give them a title. Sometimes the title imparts clear and useful information. Sometimes it is vague and flowery. Sometimes it is witty. Sometimes it is obscure. Sometimes it is pointless. Baroque Band titles their concerts in a way which offers(…)

Review: “Balm in Gilead”

Review: “Balm in Gilead”

RECOMMENDED Where: Griffin Theatre Company at The Den Theatre, 1329-1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. When: through April 19 Tickets: $35 Phone: 866-811-4111 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Anyone who’s been around Chicago theater long enough remembers Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s 1980 production of “Balm in Gilead” as one of the greatest shows ever. Director John Malkovich turned Landford Wilson’s(…)

Review: “Outside Mullingar”

RECOMMENDED Where: Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie When: through April 19 Tickets: $25-$78 Phone: 847-673-6300 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic John Patrick Shanley’s “Outside Mullingar” is set from 2008 to 2013 and premiered on Broadway last year, but the old-fashioned romantic comedy could have been written half-a-century(…)

Hyde Parkers reach top of marketing firm

Two Hyde Park residents have been named partners at a downtown marketing firm. Lipman Hearne, a marketing firm that specializes in working with non-profit organizations, named Alexia Koelling and Sara Stern as new partners recently. Koelling is the firm’s executive vice president of Consulting and Account Management. She previously worked at a firm where she(…)

State Rep. Currie hosting coffee meetup this Friday

State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) will host a meeting with constituents at 1 p.m. this Friday, April 3, at the Sip and Savor coffee shop, 5301 S. Hyde Park Blvd. Currie, who has represented Hyde Park in the Illinois House since 1979, is currently co-sponsoring HB 3932, a bill that would require campus police(…)

Elections, a fundraiser and a photography class in park news

Spruce and Midway park advisory council elections Two new park advisory councils will elect officers this month. Spruce Park, 5337 S. Blackstone Ave., will host an election at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 20, at the field house at Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St. An election for a Midway Park advisory council will take(…)

A community garden, a fundraiser and diversity in school news

Community garden blooming at Kozminski, 936 E. 54th St. Plans are in place to create a community garden at Kozminski Elementary School. The grant for the garden was made possible through the Open Space Impact Fees Ordinance. The school plans to replace asphalt playgrounds with native landscaping and art. Student financial aid fundraiser a success(…)

How to vote in Chicago’s April 7 runoff election

With less than a week until Chicago’s runoff mayoral election, voting has already begun. Early voting will take place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., every through day through Saturday, April 4. A government ID is required. Hyde Park’s nearest early voting polling places are the King Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, the Jackson Park(…)

The Obama Library in a park? No!

To the Editor: May I add my sharp opposition to the now seemingly inevitable placement of the Obama Presidential Library on a large slice of diverted public park space in either Washington or Jackson parks. The Park District is gravely remiss in its giveaway of dedicated public open land to this project, just as they(…)

Breaking the code at the Museum of Science and Industry

Breaking the code at the Museum of Science and Industry

  By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park has a few connections to “The Imitation Game,” a critically acclaimed thriller that took home the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. “The Imitation Game” tells the story of Alan Turing, a British cryptanalyst who used codebooks and an Enigma machine found on the Museum of Science(…)

Hyde Parkers back Coalition to Revitalize Dyett proposal

Hyde Parkers back Coalition to Revitalize Dyett proposal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Council Schools Committee and the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council voted to send letters of support to the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett as it prepares its proposal to Chicago Public Schools (CPS) for an open enrollment, green technology high school. At its meeting Wednesday night,(…)

Poll shows support for placing Obama Library near Washington Park

Poll shows support for placing Obama Library near Washington Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A poll conducted by the Hyde Park Herald shows there is overwhelming support for placing the Barack Obama Presidential Library near Washington Park, but not in it. In an online, unscientific poll, 292 people voiced where they feel is the best place to site the library. The far and away(…)

Pair of pop-up shops come to Hyde Park

Pair of pop-up shops come to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Two new pop-up stores are coming to 53rd Street. Lively, an Oak Park-based running and athletic wear store for women, and Belle Up, a maternity store out of Beverly, will both open temporary second locations on 53rd Street. Lively will open April 1 for six months at 5421 S. Harper(…)