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Kwame for mayor? Not so fast, he says

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) is denying that he is considering a run for mayor. Sun Times’ Michael Sneed reported an unnamed source said Raoul could be a “bona fide contender” to run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel in February. Raoul denied that was his plan. “I think periodically my name(…)

Ald. Will Burns shifts support to $13 minimum wage amid “Fight for 15″ campaign

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A mayor-appointed task force co-chaired by Ald. Will Burns (4th) has called for a $13 minimum wage in Chicago. Since its May formation, the 17-member Minimum Wage Working Group has held five public hearings and reviewed studies detailing the impacts of raising the city’s $8.25 minimum wage. Last Tuesday the(…)

Summer concerts return to Nichols Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The George Franklin Memorial Summer Sunday Concert Series has kicked off its 20th annual program in Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St. The concerts, which began last weekend, will continue to take place at the park from 2 to 4 p.m. every Sunday through Sept. 14. Although the series has(…)

CPS seeks input on proposed 2015 budget

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will hold community hearings across the city Wednesday before making a final vote on its proposed budget for the 2014-2015 school year. The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and a local parents group has scrutinized the amount allocated to neighborhood schools. CPS will hold three Fiscal(…)

DuSable Museum commemorates cartoons

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History is commemorating the 40th anniversary of 1970s Saturday morning cartoons that featured positive Black characters for the first time in television history in its exhibit “Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution.” The traveling exhibit opened at the museum on June 27 and(…)

Lab School places in national math and science competition

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern For the first time, members of the University of Chicago Laboratory High School science team attended and placed at a national competition hosted by the Technology Students Association (TSA). The competition, titled “Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science (TEAMS),” was part of the larger national TSA conference at(…)

Obama library board shifts members

By Lindsay Welbers Staff Writer President Barack Obama named his half-sister and a former senior advisor as members to the board of the foundation that will choose the location of the presidential library. The foundation also pushed the date it will announce a shortlist of potential hosts back to mid-September. It still expects to have(…)

Ray LSC back to square one

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray families will have to wait even longer before they get a new principal. Ray Elementary School’s new local school council held its first organizational meeting July 1. The group also held a second meeting to vote on the next steps in it principal selection process, where they decided(…)