Humanities in focus at Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School

Humanities in focus at Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School’s new middle school humanities classes are helping teachers and students obtain academic honors. Sarah Campbell, Shira Friedman-Parks, Isabel Kucher, Bina Wilens, Zoe Weiner and Sarah Winitzer, 7th graders at Akiba, 5235 S. Cornell Ave., had a successful round at the Regional History Fair in Springfield,(…)

Jackson Park Advisory Council to host fundraiser Sunday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) will host a fundraiser this Sunday, May 17, at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. Shore Drive. The fundraiser, entitled “Sundae in the Park with JPAC,” will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It will include a historical presentation on the(…)

Civic leaders, politicians gather in South Shore for Obama Library announcement

Civic leaders, politicians gather in South Shore for Obama Library announcement

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Obama Foundation announced officially that the Obama presidential library would be placed on the South Side of Chicago this afternoon. Tuesday’s announcement at the Gary Comer Youth Center, 7200 S. Ingleside Ave., put to an end months of speculation about whether Chicago would trounce its competition, the University of(…)

Decision to place Obama Library on South Side to be officially announced this afternoon

The Barack Obama Foundation will officially announce at noon its decision to place the presidential library on Chicago’s South Side. The foundation shared its decision in a prepared statement this morning, accompanied by a video from the first couple. President Obama said in the video that the library would “attract the world to Chicago,” adding,(…)

TIF council to provide update on Vue53

TIF council to provide update on Vue53

The 53rd Street Tax Increment Finance Development Council will host a presentation by the developers of Vue53 this Monday. The meeting, to be held at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., will cover such issues as construction, traffic and the timeline for development of the high-rise, which will sit across from Nichols Park. The meeting(…)

Millions in scholarship money for 2015 Kenwood High School graduates

Millions in scholarship money for 2015 Kenwood High School graduates

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Several Kenwood Academy High School students have earned more than $4 million in scholarships from organizations including the Gates Millennium Foundation, Posse Chicago Foundation and the Golden Apple Foundation. Simone Johnson, senior at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., is the recipient of the Latin Performance Scholarship offered at Monmouth(…)

Kenwood High School students donate shoes overseas

Kenwood High School students donate shoes overseas

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Spanish II students at Kenwood Academy High School collected and donated 651 pairs of shoes to those in need as a part of the Share Your Soles shoe drive. For the past two years, Spanish teacher Shenel Conde has been working with students at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., to(…)

New Hyde Park choir raising money for Nepal earthquake victims

New Hyde Park choir raising money for Nepal earthquake victims

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A Hyde Park-based women’s choir is using their debut concert to raise money for those who were adversely affected by the earthquake in Nepal. Le Cantanti di Chicago, (“The Singing Women of Chicago”), a 16-member choir formed by Hyde Park resident Dhilanthi Fernando, will perform works written exclusively for(…)

U. of C. Police Department announces new advisory committee, but details lacking

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) will create an advisory committee, but there are no specific details yet on who will be a part of the group and how it will be formed. The university said the aim of the new group is to foster cooperation and communication between(…)

Midway Plaisance Park gaining advisory council, new officers

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Elections for officers in the new Midway Plaisance Park advisory council (PAC) will take place next week. The revived PAC will pick its first roster of officers in years at the meeting, which is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 13, at the ice rink at 1130(…)

Saturday historical talk to discuss Hyde Parkers in 1940 census

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society will be hosting an event this Saturday, May 2, focusing on the lives of neighborhood residents in 1940. The 3:30 p.m. event, entitled “You Are There: Bringing the 1940 Census to Life,” will take place at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Hyde Park Historical Society,(…)

Reports: South Side of Chicago to get Obama Library

News outlets are widely reporting that President Barack Obama will choose the South Side of Chicago for his presidential library. The reports came late Thursday after CBS 2 Chicago learned President Obama thanked Mayor Emanuel over the phone for a newly-passed state law that allows his library to be built on public parkland. Senate President(…)

Clarke’s supports Kenwood kids

Clarke’s supports Kenwood kids

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School art students are taking their art beyond the school walls to the neighborhood diner. The drawings, photographs, digital collages and paintings of 14 members of the National Arts Honors Society at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., are on display at Clarke’s Diner, 1447 E. 53rd(…)

Mitchell co-sponsors state audit of KOCO

Mitchell co-sponsors state audit of KOCO

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Kenwood Oakland Community Conference (KOCO) said last Tuesday it was ready to comply with a state audit, but that it had questions about the political motivations at play. On April 17 the Illinois House unanimously passed HR 324, which calls for an audit of the group. The resolution –(…)

Wooded Isle five-year closure option only

Wooded Isle five-year closure option only

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A contractor has the option to keep Wooded Isle closed for five years until Jackson Park is fully restored, but is seeking to reopen it earlier. The island was closed to pedestrians two weeks ago as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ restoration of Jackson Park. The project(…)

Locals protest Currie’s vote on bill

Locals protest Currie’s vote on bill

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) riled local education activists last week for opposing a bill that would let students opt out of taking state administered tests. HB 306 – introduced by state Rep. Will Guzzardi in January – is currently under consideration in the Illinois House. Last Monday, Currie(…)