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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(…)

U. of C. official discusses university bid for Obama library

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer U. of C. Vice President for Civic Engagement Derek Douglas detailed the university’s bid for the Obama library at Ald. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) monthly meeting last week, touting the benefits of a mid-South Side location but cautioning that the competition from New York was considerable. The University of Chicago submitted(…)

New 53rd Street SSA starts with a wish list

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Researching future programs proved the main subject at the third monthly meeting for the commissioners of the Special Service Area No. 61 for Hyde Park, last Wednesday, June 25. Potential projects include adding a free trolley to run throughout the SSA footprint, starting an urban garden and branding the(…)