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Sam Greenlee, late author of “The Spook Who Sat by the Door,” dead at 83

South Side author Sam Greenlee died May 19, 2014 at the age of 83. Born in Chicago in 1930, Greenlee grew up in Woodlawn. He attended Englewood High School, and then the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the University of Chicago. Following a stint at the U.S. Information Agency, he published his most famous novel,(…)

Murray Elementary wins Illinois Spotlight Award

Murray Elementary wins Illinois Spotlight Award

Murray Elementary wins Illinois Spotlight Award By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Murray Elementary School recently received its second Illinois Spotlight Award. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) gives the award to schools with high poverty rates that are closing the academic achievement gap. Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., is one of 37 schools(…)

Kenwood’s college On-Track system lauded

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Derrius Quarles known nationally as “The Million Dollar Scholar” and a multitude of seniors who’ve received Millennium Gates Scholarships over the past five years always attribute a large part of their success to the counselors from Kenwood Academy High School’s Freshman On-Track Program. According to a new study released(…)

5th Ward budget group member releases recommendations

Anne Marie Miles – 5th Ward attorney, former aldermanic candidate and member of Ald. Leslie Hairston’s committee to review infrastructure needs in the ward – released earlier this afternoon the meeting minutes and recommendations from the group to Hairston. The recommendations will be considered by Hairston’s office, which has sought input from the ward’s four(…)

Ad hoc committee to discuss 5th Ward menu money this Monday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer An ad-hoc committee of Hyde Parkers will discuss how to spend 5th Ward menu money at a public meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday at Augustana Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave. Ald. Leslie Hairston announced in an April 2 newsletter that this year’s funds would be directed mostly toward lighting(…)

Rapper Common announces Jackson Park music festival

Jackson Park will play host to a new music festival beginning later this year, courtesy of Chicago-based rapper Common. The annual music festival, dubbed AAHH FEST!, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 20, and Sunday, Sept. 21, at 6300 S. Hayes Drive. Common made the announcement Wednesday at the Museum of Contemporary Art, alongside rapper(…)

Jay Travis, 26th Illinois House district candidate, concedes to Christian Mitchell

Jay Travis, 26th Illinois House district candidate, concedes to Christian Mitchell

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Jay Travis conceded the race for Illinois’ 26th House District late Friday to incumbent Christian Mitchell. “I am writing to let you know that I am officially conceding,” Travis said in a prepared campaign e-mail. Travis’ concession comes on the heels of a close election that saw her receive 556(…)