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(…)

Police Task Force holds South Side public forum

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Members of the Chicago Police Accountability Task Force will be at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr., on Thursday, Feb. 11, to field suggestions from South Side residents, including those living in Hyde Park and Kenwood, on how best to reform the Chicago Police Department (CPD).(…)

Landmark church on the brink of restoration

Landmark church on the brink of restoration

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Supporters of a historic Woodlawn church currently facing demolition have secured the funds necessary to stabilize the fire-ravaged building. Parishioners, community members and non-profit leaders announced the development at a press conference on Monday, Feb. 8, just outside St. Gelasius Church, which, up until the building caught fire in October(…)

Hyde Park group hopes to encourage community

Hyde Park group hopes to encourage community

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer An organizational meeting for a new anti-violence initiative showed that Hyde Park has a ways to travel before it embraces an inclusive vision of community. Hyde Park resident Michelle Hoffman arranged the meeting, which was held at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., on Sunday, Feb.(…)

Citywide festival moved to Jackson Park

Citywide festival moved to Jackson Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Tens of thousands of millennials will converge on Jackson Park this summer for Chicago’s fifth annual Spring Awakening music festival. In previous years, the event was held at Soldier’s Field, but this summer’s arrival of an international soccer tournament in the stadium forced the electronic music festival to find a(…)

Tillman  takes on Republican ticket for 1st Congressional race

Tillman takes on Republican ticket for 1st Congressional race

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 1st Congressional District has had a Democratic leader for the past 81 years. Republican candidate, Jimmy Lee Tillman II, is trying to change that. Tillman is an African American Republican and is trying to represent the minority in the majority of Congress. “We have a Republican majority and it’s(…)

HP resident transitions from business school to jazz

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Long time Hyde Park resident Tracye Eileen has taken an unconventional route to becoming a professional jazz singer. After years in the corporate world, Eileen is using her business smarts to jumpstart her career as a musician. The daughter of Edward Smith, a jazz percussionist, Tracye Eileen has always been(…)

Project 120 talks Jackson, Washington parks

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Project 120, an organization working in concert with the Chicago Park District to redevelop facets of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Washington and Jackson parks, presented its most recent framework plans for the two sites at a community meeting, Monday, Feb. 8. For Washington Park, landscape architect and Olmsted scholar Patricia O’Donnell,(…)

Court Theatre to showcase students’ theater 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(…)

Landmark church at the brink of restoration

Landmark church at the brink of restoration

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Supporters of a historic Woodlawn church currently facing demolition have secured the funds necessary to stabilize the fire-ravaged building. Parishioners, community members and non-profit leaders announced the development at a press conference on Monday, Feb. 8, just outside St. Gelasius Church, which, up until the building caught fire in October(…)

Nicky’s Chinese Food fails inspection

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Nicky’s Chinese Food failed a Feb. 4 food inspection due to foods at improper temperatures and rodent droppings in the restaurant. According to the public report, the Feb. 4 inspection was the result of a complaint. The report states that cooked chicken was at 49.9-52.5 F and cooked beef at(…)

Hyde Park bank robbed twice in three weeks

Hyde Park bank robbed twice in three weeks

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The FBI is asking the public for assistance in identifying and locating a man suspected of carrying out five bank robberies within the past three weeks. The Hyde Park branch of Chase Bank, 1204 E. 53rd St., is where two of those robberies occurred. The most recent took place on(…)

Weekend performances

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer This weekend will be a music-filled one with two special performances from the University Chamber Orchestra and The Chicago Ensemble. On Saturday at 8 p.m., the University Chamber Orchestra will play a sneak peek of their upcoming March production, “Princess Ida” for free. The 100-member orchestra will fill the Logan(…)