CPS looking to public and aldermen for closed school site reuses

CPS looking to public and aldermen for closed school site reuses

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools officials are seeking help from aldermen to gather community input on what should happen to school buildings once the schools have been closed. At the March City Council meeting, aldermen were asked to host town hall meetings to get community input on how Chicago Public Schools(…)

Ray Elementary joins standardized testing critics

Ray Elementary joins standardized testing critics

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School’s local school council announced that it is joining Murray Elementary, the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and other schools across the nation that are seeking to put an end to high stakes testing. At its March meeting, the local school council (LSC) at Ray, 5631 S.(…)

St. Sabina’s Father Pfleger to speak at St. Thomas

Michael Pfleger, senior pastor of the Faith Community at St. Sabina Church, will be the guest speaker at St. Thomas the Apostle Church’s 11th Annual Prayer Breakfast. The breakfast, which is sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary, will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5 at St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave.(…)

Fair Trader hatches new plan

Cindy Pardo is pushing back. For years, Pardo has watched the available space and opportunities for artists in Hyde Park and the broader South Side dwindle, and she has decided to do something about it. Both an artist and a businesswoman, Pardo is sending out feelers for an idea she hatched recently to create a(…)

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(…)

Porkchop swoops in to Harper Court

Porkchop swoops in to Harper Court

By JENNET POSEY Herald Intern Sit-down restaurant Porkchop opened in Harper Court last Monday. The restaurant, 1516 E. Harper Ct., specializes in barbecue, Southern fare and whiskey and also serves breakfast. It had its soft opening this week, which will be followed by a grand opening in April. The location is Porkchop’s second, joining another(…)

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(…)