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Ray principal finalists don’t include Interim Principal Toni Hill

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Parents and community members were disheartened to see that Ray Elementary School interim principal Antonia “Toni” Hill was not one of the final candidates at the principal screening forum Tuesday evening. The lack of diversity among the panel of candidates was also a concern. The local school council (LCS)(…)

Landscape architect reimagines Olmsted’s Jackson Park, makes pitch for conservancy and nixing golf driving range

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Nearly 40 people packed into the Hyde Park Historical Society, 5529 S. Lake Park Ave., last Monday evening for the first neighborhood appearance by a landscape architect who may shape Jackson Park for years to come. Vermont-based architect Patricia O’Donnell was picked earlier this year by privately-funded non-profit Project 120(…)

Hyde Park teacher who cared for carjacking victim calls for trauma center

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A man who was recently pinned underneath a car following a carjacking in Hyde Park waited 15 minutes for an ambulance to transport him to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment. On Saturday, May 10, around 11 a.m., a 16-year-old boy entered a vehicle that had been left unattended at the(…)

Citing need for trauma care, locals briefly halt medical center construction

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Trauma care center advocates staged a sit in at a construction site by the University of Chicago Medical Center Monday morning. The Trauma Care Coalition (TCC), an organization of South Side residents demanding that the University of Chicago build a Level 1 adult trauma care center on its campus, halted(…)

U. of C. seeks to raise funds ahead of major projects

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago formally launched the largest fundraising campaign in its history last week. The U. of C. plans to raise $4.5 billion before the end of the decade. President Robert Zimmer will stay on through 2019, the university said in a press release. The U. of C. has(…)

Get to know Nichols Park

The Nichols Park Advisory Council is hosting a new member meet and greet at 7 p.m. tonight, at the park’s field house, 1355 E. 53rd St. Group members help plan Hyde Park’s annual 4th of July festivities, as well as a summer concert series in the park. For more information, call Nichols Park Advisory Council President Stephanie Franklin(…)

City affirms Harte Elementary land transfer with Antheus Capital

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Chicago City Council re-approved a land transfer agreement with Antheus Capital, which includes upgrades to Bret Harte Elementary School, at their April meetings. The agreement, which was originally approved in 2008, gives Antheus a small strip of land once owned by CPS in exchange(…)

Cleansate to return this June

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Cleanslate will begin beautification on the entire 53rd Street Special Service Area (SSA) corridor as early as June 1, managing director Brady Gott said. The organization helps people who are challenged by homelessness, poverty or incarceration to receive training for long-term employment. While they are in training for a job(…)