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Burns flips on TIF cash

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Ald. Will Burns (4th) voted last Wednesday to discharge from City Council an ordinance he co-sponsored last July. The legislation would have redistributed undesignated funds from city Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts with 2012 revenues of more than $1 million to the municipality, for possible use on Chicago(…)

Hyde Parkers hope to restore sculptor’s memorial

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Chicago-area preservationists are raising funds to restore the resting spot of the sculptor who designed the entrance to St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, 5472 S. Kimbark Ave. Ravenswood-based group Preservation Chicago is seeking to restore the Park Ridge, Ill. Georgia Guard Memorial, where sculptor Alfonso Iannelli(…)

Latke Hamantash Debate

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The 67th annual Latke-Hamantash Debate will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday November 26, at Mandel Hall, Reynold’s Club, 1131 E. 57th St. The annual debate between the superiority of the latke, a potato pancake traditionally eaten during Hanukkah, and the hamantash, a jam-filled cookie traditionally eaten during Purim, has(…)

CPS shuffles local chiefs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools recently released a list of its new school networks. The list shows a decrease in the number of network areas and a shuffling of network area chiefs in each neighborhood, including Hyde Park. Area networks have been pared down from 19 offices to 13 offices that(…)

Co-op ends Newberry stint

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Seminary Co-op Bookstore recently ended its relationship with the Newberry Library. For 15 years the Co-op has managed the library’s downtown bookstore, 60 W. Walton St., but as of Nov. 1, Newberry took over management. “In talking with them about our future it made the most sense for the(…)

SSA under committee review

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The City Council Committee on Finance will hear arguments for and against creating a Special Service Area (SSA) on 53rd Street. The Finance committee will have a public meeting to discuss the creation of SSA 61, which would levy an additional property tax, along the 53rd Street business corridor and(…)

Big week for Harper Court

Big week for Harper Court

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Office tenants will begin moving into Harper Court this week, just ahead of the project’s grand opening. Administrative personnel from the information technology services, alumni relations and facilities services departments will all begin moving into the office tower, 5235 S. Harper Ct., on Nov. 7. The moves should be complete(…)

Teacher reaches out to Hyde Park for new program

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Educator Lauren Beitler held a meeting for Hyde Park parents Tuesday night to survey interest in the start of a school that emphasizes a democratic process. Beitler, who is a graduate of the University of Chicago Urban Education Initiative program, was a middle school teacher at several schools on(…)