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State Rep. Christian Mitchell makes case for re-election

State Rep. Christian Mitchell makes case for re-election

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer “My opponent’s getting a little more vocal lately and doing a lot of talking,” state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) told an audience of almost 40 at a canvassing event last Saturday at his campaign headquarters, 900 E. 47th St. “This race is about more than just rhetoric. This race is(…)

Hyde Park businesses bypass banks, turn to crowdfunding

Hyde Park businesses bypass banks, turn to crowdfunding

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer More than one year after opening its doors, coffee shop Sip and Savor is seeking investment capital directly from members of the community. Entrepreneur Trez V. Pugh III is asking individual investors for a total $25,000 in loans by March 1 via website LendSquare. The funds will be paid back(…)

The U. of C. Folk Festival returns to Hyde Park

The U. of C. Folk Festival returns to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The 54th annual University of Chicago Folk Festival will take place Friday, Feb. 14 through Sunday, Feb. 16, at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. Since 1961, the concert has been a neighborhood haunt for folk legends from mandolinist Bill Monroe to bluesman Muddy Waters. This year’s acts will span(…)

New school gaining steam

New school gaining steam

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Free School hosted an open house Saturday afternoon at its new location. The school also launched its fundraising campaign during the event. The school’s founder, Lauren Beitler, shared the mission and philosophy of the school to the crowd of about 50 teachers, parents, organizers, supporters and members(…)

Jay Travis lays out campaign

Jay Travis lays out campaign

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer “She’s not a talker, she’s a doer,” Kenwood Oakland Community Organization Education Organizer Jitu Brown told an energetic group of around 40 supporters shortly before Jay Travis’ first press conference last Tuesday. Quoting the late comedian Robin Harris, he then led his audience into chanting that Travis’ opponent, state Rep.(…)

University of Chicago advisory board picked for library bid

University of Chicago advisory board picked for library bid

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago has appointed a Community Advisory Board for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. The board “is comprised of prominent South Side community leaders who, over the course of their careers, have demonstrated an enduring commitment to strengthening the quality of life on the South Side of Chicago(…)

Chicago Free School launches discussion

Chicago Free School launches discussion

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Free School is hosting a community forum Feb. 8 at Augustana Lutheran Church for a discussion titled, “Envisioning the Chicago Free School.” The Chicago Free School, which recently announced that it will launch its school at Augustana, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., in August, is inviting prospective students,(…)

Bond agencies watch U. of C.

Bond agencies watch U. of C.

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Two of the big three credit rating agencies took moves that may result in lower credit ratings for the University of Chicago. Both Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s Investors Services revised their outlook on the U. of C.’s bond and debt ratings from stable to negative last week. S&P will(…)