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(…)

Reporter Jamie Kalven prevails in legal battle with police

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A local reporter and nonprofit leader recently won a key legal battle over police transparency in the Illinois Court of Appeals. Kalven v. Chicago Police Department was settled Monday, March 14, years after after Jamie Kalven, founder of the not-for-profit journalist collective Invisible Institute, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., filed suit.(…)

Seeking new status, U. of C. police make changes

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department is making changes that create greater transparency and that would hold it to standards set by a law enforcement accreditation agency. UCPD will host a public forum as part of the process to becoming an accredited law enforcement agency. A public information forum will(…)

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(…)