Guest Columns

Honor Dr. King’s Legacy by Continuing the Voting Rights Fight

We are facing a critical time for voting rights in our country. On Monday, I spoke to the Southland Ministerial Health Network at their Martin Luther King Day Spirit of Excellence Awards about the need to continue the fight for voting rights as the best way to honor Dr. King’s legacy. Not that long ago(…)

Michael Reese site

Dear Friends, Since the start of my time serving as Alderman of this community, I have been adamant about making sure that the concerns of the constituents that I serve are adequately represented in any major development in the 4th Ward. This will not change with the request for proposal (RFP) process for the Michael(…)

Electoral College

Electoral College

On November 8, you may have thought you were voting for President and Vice President of the United States. In fact, you were voting for electors who, under the United States Constitution, decide how to cast your ballot for you. I was one of Illinois’ 20 Presidential Electors. The Constitution calls for each state’s electoral(…)

Future energy jobs bill

Two weeks ago I voted for passage of the Future Energy Jobs Bill.  The measure will put Illinois at the top of the list when it comes to energy efficiency programs and substantially increase the state’s investment in renewable sources of energy, like wind and solar.  Along the way, it will create tens of thousands(…)

Chicago Ensemble to kick off 40th season at I-House

By HANNA PFEIFFER Global Voices Metcalf Fellow On Sunday, Nov.13, the Chicago Ensemble, a musical group known for its eclectic repertoire, will begin its 40th season with a performance at the University of Chicago’s International House. Pianist Gerry Rizzer, who has arranged this Sunday’s concert, explained that he founded the Chicago Ensemble 40 years ago(…)

I-House to host climate change forum, ceremony, film

By Maya Ruíz Global Voices Fellow On Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., the University of Chicago’s International House will host two events to explore how North American governments, the City of Chicago and local institutions can fight climate change. The(…)

University of Chicago falls short in volleyball match

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer In spite of a 25-17 explosion to win their first set of the match, the University of Chicago (U. of C.) Womens Volleyball Team fell 3 sets to 1, in a best of five series match against 11th ranked Juniata College on Saturday evening at the Gerald Ratner Athletic Center,(…)

Op-Ed: Mikva’s Lesson on Democracy Resonates Today

I grew up four blocks away from Abner Mikva’s house in Evanston. In the late 70’s, my contact with then Congressman Mikva was limited to trips to his house on Halloween when he or one of his family members would hand out full size Hershey bars to the neighborhood ghosts and pirates. I appreciated his largesse so(…)

Muhammed Ali remembered by South Side activists

Boxing legend and activist Muhammad Ali died Friday, June 3 in Arizona surrounded by his family. Ali, who was 74 years old, died after a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. Although Ali was born in Louisville, Ky., he moved to Hyde Park in the mid-1960s and lived in the neighborhood on and off for about(…)

Shop Talk: From basketball to professional barber

Shop Talk: From basketball to professional barber

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS  Sports Writer A former semi-pro basketball player and current barber at the infamous Hyde Park Hair Salon, 5234 S. Blackstone Ave., De Andre Lindsey has established himself as one of the top stylists in the city when it comes to precise cuts, fades and trimmings. “I’ve been cutting hair since I was(…)

International House to host Funkadesi, Tsukasa Taiko at Annual Festival of Nations

By Patrick Reilly Global Voices Interview Editor On Saturday, May 21, International House (I-House) will host international music groups Funkadesi and Tsukasa Taiko for its annual Festival of Nations, a tradition that dates back to International House’s early years. This three-hour celebration, where students from around the world will offer up their native foods and cultures,(…)

“Stop gap” funding will keep lights on at CSU but for how long?

Barbara Flynn Currie State Representative (d-25) I was the lead sponsor of the measure that will keep state universities and community colleges open, for at least a little while. It will also fund almost a semester’s worth of tuition costs for low-income college students. The measure passed, handily, in each chamber of the General Assembly.(…)