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Local service connects neighbors

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park’s neighbors are about to get a little friendlier. Good Neighbors, a popular Google Group that started for the residents of a few blocks around 55th Street and Kimbark Avenue in 2006, has been opened to all residents of Hyde Park. “It was supposed to be a neighborhood thing,”(…)

McMobil back

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The 53rd Street Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District Advisory Council is expected to hear from the University of Chicago and developers about the future of the McMobil site on 53rd Street. The McMobil site, a parcel of land consisting of a vacant lot and a Mobil gas station and car(…)

Local schools on closure list

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer After reviewing the recommendations of the Chicago Public School’s Commission on School Utilization, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has announced that high schools and Level-1 high-performing schools will not be considered for the school-closing list CPS is required to release by March 31. This announcement does not affect several Hyde(…)

Ray kids continue healthy course

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School has been chosen to take part in a healthy eating pilot project for Chicago Public Schools Nutrition and Support Services and the Office of Student Health and Wellness. CPS is also looking for parents who want to be a part of its Parent Food Advisory Group.(…)

Magill retires

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer University of Chicago Laboratory School Director David Magill announced that he plans to retire in June 2014. The university has appointed a task force to find his replacement. Magill, who has been the director of the schools for about 11 years, said he is announcing his retirement early so the(…)

The Hearth — unexpected dining

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer University of Chicago first year student Robert Lipman missed home cooked meals when he came to Chicago from California. He assumed that other students might be tired of eating out of dorm cafeterias or ramen noodles, too. He was right. Lipman has begun a monthly pop-up restaurant, known as The(…)

Hopefuls filing for Jesse Jackson Jr.’s seat

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Candidates began officially filing for a spot on the ballot to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. as the Second District’s congressman. Seven candidates have filed petitions with the Illinois State Board of Elections. The special election to replace Jackson has been combined with the Feb. 26 primary. Current candidates filing include(…)

CPS seeks one track

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public School (CPS) students who attend schools that follow the Track R standard calendar returned from winter break on Thursday, Jan. 3, to make up for missed days during the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) Strike. CPS student who attend schools that follow the Track E year round calendar(…)