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New group to advocate for public schools in Hyde Park

New group to advocate for public schools in Hyde Park

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Parents, community members, teachers and administrators from schools in Hyde Park gathered together at Kozminski Elementary School Saturday to discuss how they keep their neighborhood schools open. Representatives from schools in Hyde Park, including Kozminski, 936 E. 54th St; Reavis, 834 E. 50th St.; Shoesmith, 1330 E. 50th St.;(…)

Ray off of CPS closure list

Ray off of CPS closure list

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) released a list of 129 schools last week that are being considered for closure. Ray Elementary School was removed after showing up on an initial list, but the fate of three other Hyde Park schools is still hanging in the balance. Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark(…)

Court Theater gets new rehearsal location

Court Theater gets new rehearsal location

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Court Theater is moving its rehearsal space from the second story of an old taxicab house to an 8,000-square-foot building that will better mimic their stage and accommodate its costume shop. The former State Farm building on the 5200 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue will be part of the(…)

Trauma boost: Candidate promises centers

Trauma boost: Candidate promises centers

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Advocates for a trauma care center in Hyde Park may have a friend in Congress if Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) is elected. Second district congressional candidate Beale told a group of University of Chicago students and Hyde Park residents last week that, if elected, he will facilitate a meeting between(…)

Trauma center calls back

Trauma center calls back

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer After four people were arrested following an attempted sit-in at the University of Chicago Medicine’s new hospital last month, the calls to have access to an adult trauma care center on the South Side have increased. Protestors have also called for the U. of C. to explain the violence that(…)

High-rise proposed for 53rd

High-rise proposed for 53rd

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A 13-story building with space for 30,000 square feet of retail and 267 rental apartments could be the future along 53rd Street but residents who heard about the plan last week were more concerned about potential traffic headaches the development could exacerbate than the size of the building. Mesa Development(…)

UCMC protestors arrested

UCMC protestors arrested

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS StaffWriter University of Chicago graduate students held a press conference Monday to speak out about what they said was rough treatment they and other demonstrators received for peaceably protesting the lack of a trauma center at the U. of C. Medical Center. The group also made attempts to deliver petitions to(…)

Ray chasing top tier status

Ray chasing top tier status

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School “State of the School” address took place last Thursday. The school’s ranking, budget and extra-curricular programs were top discussion points during the meeting. The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) longer school day mandate, readjustment of the school year due to the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) strike(…)