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Alderman Will Burns, Anne Marie Miles open campaign offices in Hyde Park

Alderman Will Burns, Anne Marie Miles open campaign offices in Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Two local aldermanic candidates opened Hyde Park campaign offices Sunday afternoon. Both Ald. Will Burns (4th) and Anne Marie Miles, who is challenging Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), hosted meet and greets from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m that day. Burns’ new office is at 900 E. 47th St. — once(…)

Logan Center to screen film on Chicago school closures

Logan Center to screen film on Chicago school closures

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The School Project is hosting the second of its six-part screening series on education issues in Chicago at the University of Chicago Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts’ performance hall on Jan. 22. The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research will also release a new(…)

IVI-IPO endorses Alds. Will Burns and Leslie Hairston for 4th, 5th wards

IVI-IPO endorses Alds. Will Burns and Leslie Hairston for 4th, 5th wards

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO) endorsed both 4th and 5th ward incumbents for alderman on Sunday. The IVI-IPO endorsed Alds. Leslie Hairston (5th) and Will Burns (4th) at an evening endorsement session at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., where select candidates presented and were(…)

Black Creativity on display at Museum of Science and Industry

Black Creativity on display at Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, will kick off its annual Black Creativity program with a family day on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This annual program highlights the contributions African Americans have made to scientific and creative fields in order to inspire youth to take an interest in science(…)

Parents United for Responsible Education staging a comeback?

Parents United for Responsible Education staging a comeback?

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Steve Ross has been named the acting director of Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE). He succeeds founding director Julie Woestehoff, who retired last year. In September, Woestehoff, who had been executive director of PURE since 1995, released an announcement on the organization’s website pureparents.org stating that she was(…)

State Sen. Kwame Raoul seeks to merge state comptroller, treasurer offices

State Sen. Kwame Raoul seeks to merge state comptroller, treasurer offices

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer State Sen. Kawme Raoul (D-13) plans åçto reintroduce legislation that would merge the state comptroller and treasurer offices. If passed, the public would need to amend the Illinois constitution by voting on the 2016 November ballot. Voters would be asked whether or not they agree with changing the state constitution(…)

DuSable Museum festivities to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

DuSable Museum festivities to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

The DuSable Museum of African American History will celebrate “The Drum Major for Justice” during a full day of activities honoring the late civil rights leader and Noble Peace Prize-winner Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday, Jan. 19. The theme for the 2015 MLK Day Celebration at DuSable, 740 East 56th Pl., is “Reflecting(…)

Chicago Bulls’ $10K grant to La Rabida will aid sick kids

Chicago Bulls’ $10K grant to La Rabida will aid sick kids

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer La Rabida recently received a $10,000 grant from the Chicago Bulls to help care for seriously sick kids. La Rabida Children’s Hospital, 6501 S. Promontory Dr., will use the grant for Premier Kids, a medical home program for children with special needs up to 6 years old. Premier Kids offers(…)

New law sponsored by state Sen. Kwame Raoul takes aim at Jon Burge

New law sponsored by state Sen. Kwame Raoul takes aim at Jon Burge

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A new law would give the state greater recourse to deny pensions to employees who have been convicted of a felony related to their jobs. The law, sponsored by Hyde Park’s state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) came after an Illinois pension board allowed convicted former Chicago police commander Jon Burge(…)

U. of C. officials address diversity after students make demands

U. of C. officials address diversity after students make demands

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer University president and provost Robert Zimmer and Eric Isaacs released a joint letter earlier this month regarding diversity on campus. The letter came after student demand for a study and changes regarding racial and cultural diversity, as well as sexual assault and violence on campus. In response to student and(…)

Locals blast CPS plans for Dyett High School

Locals blast CPS plans for Dyett High School

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) Friday for a new high school in the current Dyett High School building. The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School said the type of school CPS is seeking to put in place is not the right fit for the(…)

Logan Center’s inaugural curator leaves for Europe

Logan Center’s inaugural curator leaves for Europe

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer After two years serving as the Logan Center’s inaugural visual arts program curator, Monika Szewczyk is leaving the University of Chicago for Athens, Greece. Szewczyk will join a panel of curators for a 2017 European exhibition of contemporary art, “Documenta 14.” During her time at the Logan Center, 915 E.(…)

Hyde Park Cats gains non-profit status

Hyde Park Cats gains non-profit status

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park Cats recently achieved a 501(c)(3) status, making it a tax-deductible nonprofit organization. The group has placed more than 500 felines in permanent homes since its founding in 2008. It traps and gives medical care, including spaying or neutering, to feral or abandoned cats in Hyde Park. Cats that(…)

Hyde Park’s weekend holiday trolley nets 50 riders a day

Hyde Park’s weekend holiday trolley nets 50 riders a day

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer In its first week shuttling shoppers through the neighborhood, Hyde Park’s new business-subsidized trolley served about 50 riders per day. While that number is about half of what program manager Eric Reeves was hoping for, he isn’t discouraged. Black Friday, the traditional start of the Christmas shopping season, was the(…)

University of Chicago submits final Obama library bid

University of Chicago submits final Obama library bid

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago submitted its final bid last week to bring the Obama Presidential Library to the South Side. In the run up to the Thursday deadline more details were released about what the university presented to the Obama Foundation, including information on other institutions it would partner with,(…)

B’Gabs Goodies opens new location on 57th Street

B’Gabs Goodies opens new location on 57th Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Vegan restaurant B’Gabs Goodies opened its new location on 57th Street Thursday. B’Gabs’ new space at 1450 E. 57th St. has remained unoccupied since its previous tenant, Caffe Florian, closed in August 2010. B’Gabs’ former Woodlawn location at 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. closed on Oct. 18, according to owner Gabrielle(…)

Hyde Park Art Center to exhibit Chicago students’ work

Hyde Park Art Center to exhibit Chicago students’ work

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) will unveil an exhibition of work by recent art program graduates this Friday. “Ground Floor” is part of a similarly titled biennial show that has taken place since 2010 at HPAC, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. The show aims to boost budding artists’ audiences and(…)

Holiday season a cappella program at Rockefeller Chapel this Saturday

Holiday season a cappella program at Rockefeller Chapel this Saturday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A choir with strong Hyde Park ties will perform choral holiday music this weekend. Lakeview-based Chicago a cappella will present “Holidays a cappella”  at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, at Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., a program ranging from carols to spirituals and Hanukkah songs to selections from(…)

Santa Claus coming to Hyde Park

Santa Claus coming to Hyde Park

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Jackie Jackson and Kenneth Faulkner, owners of Kilwins Chocolates Hyde Park, are starting a holiday tradition: the “Santa Claus is Coming to Hyde Park Extravaganza.” In December, Kilwins will be adorned with Christmas decorations and every Saturday and Sunday — Dec. 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21 from 3 p.m. to(…)

Against all odds, Macbeth performance goes smoothly at Logan Center

Against all odds, Macbeth performance goes smoothly at Logan Center

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer “Macbeth” is a play with a reputation. The Scottish Play, as theater folks euphemistically call it, earned that title because it has a history, real or perceived, for bringing mayhem to any theater that performs it. That didn’t deter University of Chicago fourth year Eamon Boylan from directing a sold-out(…)