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U.S. Army Corps restoration of Jackson Park shifts focus

U.S. Army Corps restoration of Jackson Park shifts focus

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer With the removal of shrubs and trees complete, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) restoration of Jackson Park will turn its focus toward earthwork, construction and reintroducing native fish. Dundee, Ill.-based Applied Ecological Services was awarded last September with a contract to kick off the multimillion dollar restoration of(…)

Emanuel and Garcia spar at U. of C.-sponsored debate

Emanuel and Garcia spar at U. of C.-sponsored debate

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Cook County Commissioner Jesus Chuy Garcia squared off last Monday in the first of three debates before the April 7 runoff election. The debate, co-sponsored by the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and Harris School of Public Policy, was shown on NBC 5 and(…)

CPS suspension rates, men’s health and a community summit in school news

CPS suspension rates, men’s health and a community summit in school news

Suspension rates decline for some CPS students, according to a report from University of Chicago, 1313 E. 60th St. Suspension rates in Chicago Public Schools have declined significantly but still remain very high particularly among the system’s most vulnerable students, according to a new study by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research(…)

Lawsuit against U. of C.’s plans for Vue53 high-rise dismissed

Lawsuit against U. of C.’s plans for Vue53 high-rise dismissed

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The lawsuit filed to prevent construction of a 165-foot-tall building across from Nichols Park has been dismissed. A federal appellate court upheld a previous ruling in the county court dismissing the case against Vue53 because not every property owner was notified of the plaintiff’s intention to file a lawsuit, as(…)

Murray coach’s basketball fundraiser helps out former student’s family

Murray coach’s basketball fundraiser helps out former student’s family

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The “Doing It For Devin Classic” hosted by Murray Elementary School Coach Tony Alston to help Devin Lockett, a former Murray student and senior at Urban Prep Academy–West Campus, was a great success, said Alston. When Alston heard the news that Lockett, who played for the Murray’s basketball team(…)

Glass Slipper Project returns to Bronzeville to help students pick prom outfits

Glass Slipper Project returns to Bronzeville to help students pick prom outfits

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Glass Slipper Project is setting up shop in Bronzeville again this year for teen girls across the city whose families can’t afford high-priced dresses for prom. The Glass Slipper Project (GSP), which was founded by Hyde Park native Dorian Carter, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5(…)

Hyde Parker finds first-ever semiaquatic dinosaur fossil in Sahara Desert

Hyde Parker finds first-ever semiaquatic dinosaur fossil in Sahara Desert

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer At 32-year-old University of Chicago paleontology research scholar Nizar Ibrahim isn’t sure how he is going to top the first major find of his career. Ibrahim presented the first semiaquatic dinosaur ever found to Hyde Park last Thursday at Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St. He discovered the 50(…)

Study: Test scores not best measure of outcomes

Study: Test scores not best measure of outcomes

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Attendance and grade point average are the best indicators of whether middle school students will do well in high school and not standardized test scores, according to a report from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR). In the report, “Looking forward to High School and(…)

Ray getting room

Ray getting room

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School was awarded the Lowes Toolbox grant. The school will use the $5,000 grant to build a family resource center, according to Ray Principal Meagan Thole. Members of the school’s Culture and Climate Committee met with parents and volunteers Saturday morning at Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark, Ave.,(…)

Local tries, but Toni staying out of race

Local tries, but Toni staying out of race

A member of the Hyde Park Historical Society and a leader in the city’s preservation community has shared an online petition asking Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to back Chuy Garcia in next month’s runoff election for mayor. Prospects of the petition pushing Preckwinkle into the endorsement are slim, however. The petition, by Jack(…)

For Jay Travis supporters, the momentum of last year’s election continues

For Jay Travis supporters, the momentum of last year’s election continues

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new political action committee that grew out of Jay Travis’ primary bid last year for state representative is playing a role in this year’s municipal elections. Founded last December, People United for Action (PUA) has made its first ever political endorsements: mayoral candidate Jesus Chuy Garcia and 4th Ward(…)

Planning Commission to tackle Obama Library parkland transfer in March

Planning Commission to tackle Obama Library parkland transfer in March

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Next week the Chicago Planning Commission will take on the issue of transferring parkland for a presidential library. The commission will meet 11 a.m. Monday, March 9, in City Council Chambers, City Hall, second floor, 121 N. LaSalle St. The University of Chicago proposed using more than 20 acres of(…)

University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program gets new director

University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program gets new director

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Tanika Island has been named the new director of the University of Chicago’s Urban Teacher Education Program (UChicago UTEP). Island’s recent promotion builds on a 14-year career at the Urban Education Institute, where she most recently served as chief academic officer of the UChicago Charter School and interim director(…)

Chicago Child Care Society gains support for efforts

Chicago Child Care Society gains support for efforts

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Child Care Society Preschool Center in Hyde Park is receiving recognition and rewards for its dedication to early childhood education. The Chicago Child Care Society (CCCS) earned the Gold Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois. The organization has also been awarded $5,000 by the Staples Foundation.(…)

The numbers behind Alderman Leslie Hairston’s relationship with MAC Properties

The numbers behind Alderman Leslie Hairston’s relationship with MAC Properties

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer MAC Property Management, Hyde Park’s second largest private property owner, has been at the center of several claims made by aldermanic candidates in the upcoming election. Fourth Ward candidate Norman Bolden was the first to invoke the company’s name at an aldermanic forum, saying at a Jan. 10 event sponsored(…)

Jackie Robinson team member speaks out: “Chicago knows we’re champions”

Jackie Robinson team member speaks out: “Chicago knows we’re champions”

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School student Brandon Green, who is a member of the Jackie Robinson West Little League Baseball team, spoke out against the league’s decision to demote his team at a press conference Feb. 11 hosted by Rainbow Push. The Little League Baseball organization released a statement Thursday,(…)

Harper Theater sales double what was expected

Harper Theater sales double what was expected

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Harper Theater’s ticket sales are double what was expected when it first reopened its doors three years ago. In 2014 the theater sold 148,000 tickets, two times more than it expected to sell after its $13 million renovation. Theater owner Tony Fox said that he has no complaints, despite(…)

City Hyde Park progressing on schedule, set to open in early 2016

City Hyde Park progressing on schedule, set to open in early 2016

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer City Hyde Park is progressing on schedule, as construction continued on its fourth floor last week. “I think we’ve had the typical challenges in a Chicago winter so of course the snowstorm this week was a something to deal with but in general the entire project has worked through the(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society to host annual dinner later this month

Hyde Park Historical Society to host annual dinner later this month

The Hyde Park Historical Society annual dinner will honor two neighborhood residents who restored a decaying home on the 5700 block of South Harper Avenue and a local historian. Lauren Moltz and John Clement, owners of the Rosalie Villas District home at 5735 S. Harper Ave., will receive the 2015 Marian and Leon Despres Preservation(…)