Archdiocese secures demolition permit for Shrine of Christ

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Archdiocese of Chicago has secured a demolition permit for the structurally damaged Shrine of Christ the King Church, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave., according to a spokeswoman for the Catholic authority. The development raises questions about the Archdiocese’s plans surrounding the fire-devastated building. Demolition appeared avoidable when, at a Feb.(…)

Kenwood, CPS schools protest with morning “walk-in”

Kenwood, CPS schools protest with morning “walk-in”

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School was one of about 100 public schools across Chicago this morning to participate in a “walk-in” hosted by the Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU). At 8:15 a.m., around 100 people gathered outside of Kenwood, 5105 S. Blackstone Ave., at 51st Street and Harper Avenue to stand in(…)

Creative Mansion celebrates African American inventors

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Creative Mansion Children’s Academy is hosting its annual Invention Convention next week in celebration of Black History Month. The public is invited to visit Creative Mansion, 4745 S. Ellis Ave., from 10 a.m. – noon Feb. 22-26 to see the student showcase at the Invention Convention. Students from ages 2-6(…)

Hundreds attend annual Folk Festival at U. of C.

Hundreds attend annual Folk Festival at U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The 56th Annual University of Chicago Folk Festival drew hundreds of students and community members to Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St., last weekend for two days of workshops, lectures and performances by dozens of folk bands. Despite being cut down to two days, Feb. 13-14, from the festival’s normal(…)

I-House graduate residents fight displacement

I-House graduate residents fight displacement

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In 1932, John D. Rockefeller founded the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) International House (I-House), 1414 E. 59th St., with the express mission of providing “students of different nationalities and diverse cultures with the opportunity to live and learn together in a community of mutual respect, understanding and international(…)

Project 120 talks Jackson, Washington Parks

Project 120 talks Jackson, Washington Parks

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer O’Donnell said that the high speeds of cars cutting through Washington Park via 55th St. have made the area unsafe for pedestrians. “This is a park, not a highway,” she said. “We want to discourage high-speed travelers.” O’Donnell suggested road diets and revamped cross-walks as possible solutions for a more(…)

Mitchell endorsed by statewide teacher’s union

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Illinois Education Association (IEA), a statewide teacher’s union, is endorsing State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) in his bid for reelection. The association, which endorsed Mitchell’s opponent Jay Travis during the 2014 primary election, endorsed Mitchell during the general election after Travis lost the primary race. This election year, the(…)

City begins process to replace Burns

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) will have his last day in his political career on March 1. What’s next for the 4th Ward that encompasses Hyde Park, Kenwood, Bronzeville, Washington Park and the South Loop is appointing a replacement. According to a press release from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office on Feb.(…)

Court Theatre to showcase students’ performance skills

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Court Theatre’s Artists-in-the-Schools program is preparing to host its 9th Annual Hyde Park Bank High School Performance Festival on Friday, Feb. 19. The festival brings students from six South Side schools, including Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., to showcase the work they have accomplished with the help(…)

Kozminski, city schools affected by CPS budget cuts

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At the Kozminksi Elementary School local school council (LSC) meeting Tuesday, Feb. 9, Principal Bernadette Glover told LSC members about drastic cuts from Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Glover and principals from across the city attended a district wide meeting Feb. 9 where CPS CEO Forrest Claypool announced that $20 million(…)

Community meeting for proposed boutique hotel

A community meeting to discuss the proposal for a boutique hotel on the southeast corner of 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 at the Hyatt Hotel, 5225 S. Harper Ave.

Anita Alvarez in conversation at U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez will be the guest speaker at the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) Institute of Politics (IOP), 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave., Wednesday, Feb. 17. During her visit Alvarez, who is a candidate for re-election, will discuss her experience as the first female and first(…)

Spring Convocation at Chicago Theological Seminary

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Theological Seminary, 1407 E. 60th St., will hold its Spring Convocation at noon Wednesday, Feb. 24. The event is going to focus on African American motherhood and the nature of maternal activity and mother-activism. The Rev. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder will be presenting her address, “A Mother-Whore Is Still(…)

Phenomenal Black Women and Girls Symposium

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Professors, politicians, writers and artists will participate in a University of Chicago (U. of C.) symposium, this Saturday, Feb. 20, that centers on the accomplishments of Black women. The African American Alumni Committee of the university’s School of Social Service Administration is hosting the event, entitled “Phenomenal Black Women and(…)

Jamie Kalven wins Polk Award

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park-based journalist Jamie Kalven is the recipient of a George Polk award for Local Reporting. Long Island University revealed the winners of its 67th annual George Polk Awards in Journalism on Feb. 14. Kalven was among 17 winners in 16 categories with subject matter ranging from heroin addiction to(…)

Mitchell endorsed by statewide teacher’s union

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Illinois Education Association (IEA), a statewide teacher’s union, is endorsing State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) in his bid for reelection. The association, which endorsed Mitchell’s opponent Jay Travis during the 2014 primary election, endorsed Mitchell during the general election after Travis lost the primary race. This election year, the(…)

U. of C. panelists discuss global attack on cultural heritage at National Hellenic Museum

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Thursday, Feb. 18, scholars from the University of Chicago (U. of C.) will join a panel of preservationists at the National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted St., to explore the causes and consequences of iconoclasm and archaeological looting. The event, titled “Antiquities in Peril: Heritage at Risk,” will feature(…)

Muslim community members protest gun violence in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This Sunday, Feb. 14, Muslim community members and leaders from across Chicago will convene at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., to speak out against the city’s continuing tragedy of gun violence. Community group Sirat Chicago and charitable organization the Zakat Foundation of America are hosting the event, which(…)

School News

Bret Harte says farewell to school clerk Valerie Walker, the office clerk at Bret Harte Elementary School, 1556 E. 56th St., is retiring after 37 years at the school. Acceshia Hart will take on the role as the new school clerk when Walker steps down this month. Math presentation at City Elementary City Elementary, 1100(…)

CPS budget cuts to affect area schools

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At the Kozminksi Elementary School local school council (LSC) meeting Tuesday, Feb. 9, Principal Bernadette Glover told LSC members about drastic cuts from Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Glover and principals from across the city attended a district wide meeting Tuesday where CPS CEO Forrest Claypool announced that $20 million more(…)