Burns steps down as alderman to take new job in private sector

Burns steps down as alderman to take new job in private sector

Ald. Will Burns (4th) is stepping on March 1. The news was confirmed by multiple sources Sunday night. Burns is leaving the city council to work in the private sector at AirBnB, a San Francisco – based company that enables homeowners to list their properties for temporary rental on the web. “Alderman Burns will be(…)

Kenwood teachers educate parents on battle for contract

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At an informational session last night at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., teachers explained the battle for a fair contract between the Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to parents. In the wake of recent major layoffs from its central office, CPS announced this(…)

Robie House recruiting tour guides

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is searching for volunteer docents for the Frederick C. Robie House at 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave. The Wright Trust will hold training sessions in March for those interested in acting as tour guides. The training program runs for three weeks and involves online study, class(…)

Report finds high rates of unemployment among city’s Black youth

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A significant proportion of Chicago’s Black youth are both unemployed and out of school, according to a study presented on Monday, Jan. 25, at the Chicago Urban League’s (CUL) fifth annual hearing on youth unemployment. The report, commissioned by the Alternative School Network and carried out by the University of(…)

HPKCAC creates reading event to engage community

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council (HPKCAC) is shifting its focus in 2016 to provide more outreach and information on the issues that affect children in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). At Tuesday night’s HPKCAC meeting, the group returned to the conversation from their December meeting about the possibility of refocusing(…)

Donna More makes campaign stop at the U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Cook County State’s Attorney candidate Donna More is setting herself apart from her opponents by criticizing their political ties. While speaking at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP), 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave., Wednesday afternoon, More argued for the importance of a genuinely independent State’s Attorney’s office. Earlier in(…)

University symphony to play first show of the new year

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra (USO) plans to showcase their mid-winter program, “Musical Skamps!”, on Satursay at 8 p.m. Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St., is going to be filled with music featuring Romantic era composers and compositions. A reception will follow the concert at 9:30 p.m. The USO(…)

U. of C. Dems take part in the 2016 race through debate

U. of C. Dems take part in the 2016 race through debate

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer While the nation is awaiting the last two democratic debates on Feb. 11 and March 9 before the primary elections, the University of Chicago Democrats (UC Dems) are jumping into the political heat. The UC Dems are a student-run organization of the University of Chicago (U. of C.) that was(…)

Hyde Park woman rides bike for affordable housing

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A Hyde Park woman is gearing up to bike across the country this summer in a 3,882-mile trek, stopping in certain cities to build houses. Jesse Newman will leave her Hyde Park home in June to participate in Bike & Build, a non-profit corporation that organizes young adults to raise(…)

HPHS joins fight to save church

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS), 5529 S. Lake Park Ave., penned a letter over the weekend to the Archdiocese of Chicago arguing for the preservation of the fire-damaged, landmark Catholic Church at 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave. HPHS President Michal Safar said the loss of the church could have vast(…)

Revels prepare for 2016 show at Quadrangle Club

Revels prepare for 2016 show at Quadrangle Club

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer What started as a long-standing tradition of satirical comedy poking fun at the University of Chicago (U. of C.) and its inhabitant’s returns for the Quadrangle Club’s 2016 Revels. This year’s show titled, “Grand Hotel Parc Cache-Cache” follows some of the presidential candidates and their plot to take over a(…)

Orchestra in Indonesia formed by Hyde Parkers is making a big impact

Orchestra in Indonesia formed by Hyde Parkers is making a big impact

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Jan. 12, two Hyde Park residents, Michael Hall and Robert Nordling, set out for Bandung, Indonesia, to create the city’s first professional Orchestra. Hall, a violist, and Nordling, a conductor, have been organizing the endeavor for over a year. The idea surfaced after Nordling received a call from his(…)

Area churches collecting water for Flint crisis

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In light of the recent water crisis in Flint, Mich., two local churches will be collecting water to be donated. The University Church, 5655 S. University Ave., and the McCormick Theological Seminary, 5460 S. University Ave., are collecting unopened cases of water to benefit the citizens in need. The small(…)

Cook County State’s Attorney candidate to stop in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This Wednesday, Jan. 27., Hyde Parkers will have the opportunity to see Cook County State’s Attorney candidate Donna More in conversation at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP). Earlier in January, the IOP hosted a discussion with Kim Foxx, More’s opponent in the March 15 general primary elections.(…)

DuSable appoints new chief curator

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., appointed Leslie Guy as its new chief curator. Guy, who began working at DuSable Jan. 15, is the curator of the museum’s latest exhibit “The DuSable Masterworks Collection – Series 1: Paintings.” The exhibit opens Feb. 9 in the(…)

U. of C. Medicine receives donation to fund cancer care

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Chicago (U. of C.) plans to use a recently acquired donation to expand its focus on cancer research. U. of C. Medicine was able to create the Hospira Foundation Professorship in Oncology due to a $5 million gift it received from the Hospira Foundation. The university said(…)