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New group of parents on local school council

New group of parents on local school council

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A group of parents who said they are concerned about the direction in which Ray Elementary School is going have formed a group called “Stand Up for Ray.” The group said its goal is to advocate for less testing, restore playtime and maintain a diverse student population in hopes(…)

Raoul’s pension struggle

Raoul’s pension struggle

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new bill sponsored by state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-16) that would change how city pensions are funded now awaits Gov. Quinn’s signature, following its passage in the General Assembly last week. Senate Bill 1922 would end annually compounded benefit increases and require larger contributions from workers participating in two(…)

Suzuki seeking new location

Suzuki seeking new location

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer At the beginning of the year, Hyde Park Suzuki Institute (HPSI) founder and director Lucinda Ali-Landing received unexpected news. She was told by leaders of the Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park that she would have to move her school out of the church by August 16. Since then,(…)

Summer festival likely ending

Summer festival likely ending

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The popular summer festival that is part of the Celebrate Hyde Park series will very likely be cancelled this year, according to Wallace Goode, executive of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce. At least one of the other two Celebrate Hyde Park festivals will take place this year, he said.(…)

Workshop to discuss planned $10M Jackson Park pavilion this weekend

Workshop to discuss planned $10M Jackson Park pavilion this weekend

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A workshop to discuss a planned $10 million pavilion in Jackson Park will be taking place at 2 p.m. this Saturday, at the Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St. The event is being organized by the U. of C. Office of Civic Engagement and Project 120, a non-profit planning a(…)

UCPD review gives locals and students a chance to vent

UCPD review gives locals and students a chance to vent

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department held a public forum Wednesday as part of its bid for professional certification from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). More than 30 students from the university attended the event to voice their concerns that UCPD has policies and faults(…)

Kenwood student advances in CPS Citywide Science Fair

Kenwood student advances in CPS Citywide Science Fair

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School 11th graders Sebastian Augusthy and Bennett Hensey won gold medals in late March for their science projects at the Chicago Public Schools Citywide Science Fair at the Museum of Science and Industry. Out of the 315 CPS students who participated at the citywide science fair,(…)

Joy Clendenning and Juliana Stratton (left and center), both candidates for one of the parent representative seats on the Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., local school council (LSC), speak with Kenwood parent Dawn Payton as she enters the school to pick up her daughter’s report card Tuesday morning. Hyde Parkers and parents(…)

Something fishy in Hyde Park

Something fishy in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parker Neil Shubin’s work studying paleontology at the University of Chicago has taken him to places as far away as Canada’s arctic north and South Africa. However much of his PBS series “Your Inner Fish” is a Hyde Park story, he said. The three part PBS series “Your Inner(…)

CPS looking to public and aldermen for closed school site reuses

CPS looking to public and aldermen for closed school site reuses

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools officials are seeking help from aldermen to gather community input on what should happen to school buildings once the schools have been closed. At the March City Council meeting, aldermen were asked to host town hall meetings to get community input on how Chicago Public Schools(…)

Ray Elementary joins standardized testing critics

Ray Elementary joins standardized testing critics

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School’s local school council announced that it is joining Murray Elementary, the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and other schools across the nation that are seeking to put an end to high stakes testing. At its March meeting, the local school council (LSC) at Ray, 5631 S.(…)

Porkchop swoops in to Harper Court

Porkchop swoops in to Harper Court

By JENNET POSEY Herald Intern Sit-down restaurant Porkchop opened in Harper Court last Monday. The restaurant, 1516 E. Harper Ct., specializes in barbecue, Southern fare and whiskey and also serves breakfast. It had its soft opening this week, which will be followed by a grand opening in April. The location is Porkchop’s second, joining another(…)

Ray LSC begins search for new principal

Ray LSC begins search for new principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School local school council received notice from Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Wednesday that the contract of its estranged principal, Tatia Beckwith, has been terminated. After almost a year in leadership limbo, the council is now eligible to begin its search for a new principal. The local(…)

Longtime salon struggles to stay on 53rd Street

Longtime salon struggles to stay on 53rd Street

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A woman who has owned a salon on 53rd Street for 20 years is suing the a business arm of the University of Chicago, who she says is trying to illegally evict her. Sahan Kourouma has owned Motherland, 1459 E. 53rd St., a nail salon and hair weaving business, since(…)

What The Traveler Saw to close in June

What The Traveler Saw to close in June

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer What the Traveler Saw will be closing at the end of June. The international goods store has been a popular in the neighborhood since it opened 10 years ago. Owner Laurel Stratford said she would be closing the brick-and-mortar store, 1508 E. 55th St., but not the business. “I’ve put(…)

Hyde Park’s permission wall, once haven for local artists, destroyed for Vue53 site

Hyde Park’s permission wall, once haven for local artists, destroyed for Vue53 site

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A wall where graffiti artists had painted freely for more than 20 years was demolished Friday to make way for a 155-foot tall mixed-use building. The Hyde Park graffiti wall was the last “permission wall” on the South Side. Artists and graffiti writers were able to hone their talents along(…)

26th District challenger Jay Travis has not conceded to Christian Mitchell, seeks information from Chicago Board of Elections

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Jay Travis is still contesting Christian Mitchell’s victory in the race for Illinois’ 26th District House seat. “For now, I have not conceded,” Travis said Thursday afternoon. Travis said she presented the Chicago Board of Elections with a letter on behalf of her campaign Wednesday to document complaints of voting(…)