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Jamie Kalven wins Polk Award

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park-based journalist Jamie Kalven is the recipient of a George Polk award for Local Reporting. Long Island University revealed the winners of its 67th annual George Polk Awards in Journalism on Feb. 14. Kalven was among 17 winners in 16 categories with subject matter ranging from heroin addiction to(…)

Mitchell endorsed by statewide teacher’s union

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Illinois Education Association (IEA), a statewide teacher’s union, is endorsing State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) in his bid for reelection. The association, which endorsed Mitchell’s opponent Jay Travis during the 2014 primary election, endorsed Mitchell during the general election after Travis lost the primary race. This election year, the(…)

U. of C. panelists discuss global attack on cultural heritage at National Hellenic Museum

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Thursday, Feb. 18, scholars from the University of Chicago (U. of C.) will join a panel of preservationists at the National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted St., to explore the causes and consequences of iconoclasm and archaeological looting. The event, titled “Antiquities in Peril: Heritage at Risk,” will feature(…)

Muslim community members protest gun violence in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This Sunday, Feb. 14, Muslim community members and leaders from across Chicago will convene at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., to speak out against the city’s continuing tragedy of gun violence. Community group Sirat Chicago and charitable organization the Zakat Foundation of America are hosting the event, which(…)

School News

Bret Harte says farewell to school clerk Valerie Walker, the office clerk at Bret Harte Elementary School, 1556 E. 56th St., is retiring after 37 years at the school. Acceshia Hart will take on the role as the new school clerk when Walker steps down this month. Math presentation at City Elementary City Elementary, 1100(…)

CPS budget cuts to affect area schools

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At the Kozminksi Elementary School local school council (LSC) meeting Tuesday, Feb. 9, Principal Bernadette Glover told LSC members about drastic cuts from Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Glover and principals from across the city attended a district wide meeting Tuesday where CPS CEO Forrest Claypool announced that $20 million more(…)

Police Task Force holds South Side public forum

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Members of the Chicago Police Accountability Task Force will be at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr., on Thursday, Feb. 11, to field suggestions from South Side residents, including those living in Hyde Park and Kenwood, on how best to reform the Chicago Police Department (CPD).(…)

HP resident transitions from business school to jazz

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Long time Hyde Park resident Tracye Eileen has taken an unconventional route to becoming a professional jazz singer. After years in the corporate world, Eileen is using her business smarts to jumpstart her career as a musician. The daughter of Edward Smith, a jazz percussionist, Tracye Eileen has always been(…)

Project 120 talks Jackson, Washington parks

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Project 120, an organization working in concert with the Chicago Park District to redevelop facets of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Washington and Jackson parks, presented its most recent framework plans for the two sites at a community meeting, Monday, Feb. 8. For Washington Park, landscape architect and Olmsted scholar Patricia O’Donnell,(…)

Court Theatre to showcase students’ theater skills

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Court Theatre’s Artists-in-the-Schools program is preparing to host its 9th Annual Hyde Park Bank High School Performance Festival on Friday, Feb. 19. The festival brings students from six South Side schools, including Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., to showcase the work they have accomplished with the help(…)

Nicky’s Chinese Food fails inspection

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Nicky’s Chinese Food failed a Feb. 4 food inspection due to foods at improper temperatures and rodent droppings in the restaurant. According to the public report, the Feb. 4 inspection was the result of a complaint. The report states that cooked chicken was at 49.9-52.5 F and cooked beef at(…)

Weekend performances

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer This weekend will be a music-filled one with two special performances from the University Chamber Orchestra and The Chicago Ensemble. On Saturday at 8 p.m., the University Chamber Orchestra will play a sneak peek of their upcoming March production, “Princess Ida” for free. The 100-member orchestra will fill the Logan(…)

“Homemade Stories” hits the Promontory

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Wednesday evening, a diverse and attentive crowd filled the upstairs venue at the Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., to hear a man named Shannon Cason spill his soul. Cason is the host of the WBEZ-sponsored podcast series “Homemade Stories,” a project that has Cason and guests recount personal narratives(…)

Pop-up shops at The Silver Room

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A special one-day pop-up shop is taking over The Silver Room, 1506 E. 53rd St., Saturday, Feb. 6. From noon to 8 p.m., Rare Shipments will be selling its women’s clothing and statement accessories at The Silver Room’s storefront. The pop-up shop will be promoting their unique items, as a(…)

Solstice on the Park zoning meeting

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Studio Gang has been relatively quiet in regards to the future of the long-awaited Solstice on the Park but conversations about the project will resume this month due to a zoning change. The Chicago Plan Commission will hold a public hearing regarding the 24-story Solstice development, 5540 S. Cornell(…)

U. of C. professor resigns amid claims of sexual misconduct

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A University of Chicago (U. of C.) faculty member has resigned after an investigation found that the professor violated the university’s Policy on Harassment, Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct. In November 2015, U. of C. officials received reports that a faculty member had engaged in inappropriate behavior at a private, off-campus(…)