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Currie taking election easy

Currie taking election easy

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) is one of 588 candidates running in this year’s Illinois primary election. But with less than two weeks to go until ballots are cast, the well-funded 18-term legislator is nearly guaranteed to win. The Illinois House Majority Leader — who has held office since(…)

Ross clothing to open soon

Ross clothing to open soon

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Ross Dress for Less will open on 47th Street this week in the space formerly occupied by grocers the Hyde Park Co-Op and Michael’s Fresh Market. This will be the first store in the city of Chicago for Ross, a discount clothing retailer in the same market as TJ Maxx(…)

CPS cancels RFP seeking broker to sell Canter

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) canceled a request for proposals (RFP) it released earlier this week to real estate brokers that are interested in handling the sale of Canter Middle School and several other schools across the city that are or will soon be closed. The invitation, which was released(…)

Murray Elementary local school council condemns standardized testing in new resolution

Murray Elementary local school council condemns standardized testing in new resolution

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Murray Elementary School local school council has released a resolution showing its support of a national campaign that is seeking to put an end to the way standardized tests are used. Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., adopted the resolution from Time Out From Testing (TOFT), a national campaign(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society to host author Frances McNamara

Hyde Park Historical Society to host author Frances McNamara

Mystery novelist Frances McNamara will discuss her work from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 2, at the Hyde Park Historical Society, 5529 S. Lake Park Ave. McNamara is the author of several Chicago whodunit tales, including “Death and Hull House” — which takes place at 19th century social worker Jane Addams’ famed(…)

Community Action Council official in Hyde Park

Community Action Council official in Hyde Park

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park-Kenwood has an official Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Community Action Council (CAC). Four of the group’s board members were voted in during its Wednesday night meeting and are drafting a four-point list of neighborhood school needs for the CPS board. Denise Hill, mother of two at Ray and(…)

Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy to host open house Wednesday

Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy to host open house Wednesday

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Little Black Pearl shed its alternative high school partnership with Youth Connections Charter School and opened a public high school through Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The school is hosting an open house Wednesday. Little Black Pearl, an art and design center for youth, 1060 E. 47th St., launched The(…)

U. of C. sex assault opens federal investigation

U. of C. sex assault opens federal investigation

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) began formally investigating the University of Chicago after a student’s complaint it mishandled her sexual assault case and violated her Title IX rights. Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 to the Civil Rights Act prohibits sex-based discrimination in all education(…)

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(…)

Vue53 suit tossed by judge

Vue53 suit tossed by judge

Vue53 suit tossed by judge By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park residents who filed a lawsuit to stop the development of a 13-story tower at the former McMobil site hit a snag last week when a judge dismissed their case. The suit was filed in in August in response to a zoning change(…)