U. of C. searches for new CFO amid another credit downgrade

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Moody’s Investors Services lowered its bond rating on the University of Chicago at the same time the school began looking for a new Chief Financial Officer. Nim Chinniah resigned earlier this month to accept a position at Northwestern University. On Wednesday, Moody’s slightly lowered its rating on U. of C.,(…)

Kwame for mayor? Not so fast, he says

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) is denying that he is considering a run for mayor. Sun Times’ Michael Sneed reported an unnamed source said Raoul could be a “bona fide contender” to run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel in February. Raoul denied that was his plan. “I think periodically my name(…)

New committee, position at U. of C. may signal tougher sex assault stance

New committee, position at U. of C. may signal tougher sex assault stance

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s revised sexual misconduct policy went into effect on July 1. The new approach creates a university-wide disciplinary committee for allegations of student sexual assault or unlawful discrimination. Previously cases were handled by the dean of students. If further disciplinary action was deemed necessary, a committee from(…)

Ald. Will Burns shifts support to $13 minimum wage amid “Fight for 15″ campaign

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A mayor-appointed task force co-chaired by Ald. Will Burns (4th) has called for a $13 minimum wage in Chicago. Since its May formation, the 17-member Minimum Wage Working Group has held five public hearings and reviewed studies detailing the impacts of raising the city’s $8.25 minimum wage. Last Tuesday the(…)

Summer concerts return to Nichols Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The George Franklin Memorial Summer Sunday Concert Series has kicked off its 20th annual program in Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St. The concerts, which began last weekend, will continue to take place at the park from 2 to 4 p.m. every Sunday through Sept. 14. Although the series has(…)

CPS seeks input on proposed 2015 budget

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will hold community hearings across the city Wednesday before making a final vote on its proposed budget for the 2014-2015 school year. The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and a local parents group has scrutinized the amount allocated to neighborhood schools. CPS will hold three Fiscal(…)

Jewish school growing, focusing on latest teaching strategies

Jewish school growing, focusing on latest teaching strategies

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern A Hyde Park-based Jewish after-school and Sunday School program will host workshops for Jewish educators from around the country next month. “Having spent three years working on the tools and strategies for our education approach, we’re ready to start sharing it more broadly,” said Rabbi Rebecca Milder, founder of(…)

New Ray Elementary local school council re-starts principal search process

New Ray Elementary local school council re-starts principal search process

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray families will have to wait even longer before they get a new principal. Ray Elementary School’s new local school council held its first organizational meeting July 1. The group also held a second meeting to vote on the next steps in it principal selection process, where they decided(…)

Anne Marie Miles plans to challenge Alderman Leslie Hairston again

Anne Marie Miles plans to challenge Alderman Leslie Hairston again

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park attorney Anne Marie Miles is betting that the second time’s the charm: she says she plans to challenge Ald. Leslie Hairston in the 2015 municipal election. Miles was one of four challengers to Hairston in the last citywide election in 2011, capturing approximately 21 percent of the vote(…)

DuSable Museum commemorates cartoons

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History is commemorating the 40th anniversary of 1970s Saturday morning cartoons that featured positive Black characters for the first time in television history in its exhibit “Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution.” The traveling exhibit opened at the museum on June 27 and(…)

Lab School places in national math and science competition

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern For the first time, members of the University of Chicago Laboratory High School science team attended and placed at a national competition hosted by the Technology Students Association (TSA). The competition, titled “Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science (TEAMS),” was part of the larger national TSA conference at(…)

Obama library board shifts members

By Lindsay Welbers Staff Writer President Barack Obama named his half-sister and a former senior advisor as members to the board of the foundation that will choose the location of the presidential library. The foundation also pushed the date it will announce a shortlist of potential hosts back to mid-September. It still expects to have(…)

Ray LSC back to square one

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray families will have to wait even longer before they get a new principal. Ray Elementary School’s new local school council held its first organizational meeting July 1. The group also held a second meeting to vote on the next steps in it principal selection process, where they decided(…)

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council elects first board members

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council elects first board members

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park–Kenwood Community Action Council elected its first official board members at its June 25 meeting. The newly elected leaders will take office on July 1. Denise Hill, mother of two Ray Elementary School students and a youth ministry leader, and LaKeisha Hamilton, Ray and Kenwood Academy High(…)

Recent killing brings Jackson Park safety into focus

Recent killing brings Jackson Park safety into focus

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Safety in Jackson Park is the focus of renewed attention after a shooting there last Sunday that killed one man and wounded another. Last Monday, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) held a meeting at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Drive, attended by 3rd District Cmdr. James Jones and 2nd District Sgt.(…)

U. of C. official discusses university bid for Obama library

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer U. of C. Vice President for Civic Engagement Derek Douglas detailed the university’s bid for the Obama library at Ald. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) monthly meeting last week, touting the benefits of a mid-South Side location but cautioning that the competition from New York was considerable. The University of Chicago submitted(…)

Homegrown non-profit using art to bring attention to childhood cancer

Homegrown non-profit using art to bring attention to childhood cancer

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A Hyde Park mother is organizing a city-wide art show to raise the profile of childhood cancer. Tracey Harmon is the founder of Naomi’s Fund, a non-profit named for her daughter, who died at age 8 in 2010 of an undifferentiated sarcoma after three years of remission. The group received(…)

New 53rd Street SSA starts with a wish list

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Researching future programs proved the main subject at the third monthly meeting for the commissioners of the Special Service Area No. 61 for Hyde Park, last Wednesday, June 25. Potential projects include adding a free trolley to run throughout the SSA footprint, starting an urban garden and branding the(…)

Selective enrollment middle school will replace Canter

Selective enrollment middle school will replace Canter

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) held a town hall meeting at Kenwood Academy High School June 16 to discuss moving its academic center into the now-vacant Canter Middle School building. Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., completed its one-year phase out and closed on June 30. City Council announced(…)

Chicago Theological Seminary may house Hyde Park Suzuki Institute

Chicago Theological Seminary may house Hyde Park Suzuki Institute

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The head of one of Hyde Park’s most popular music programs found new digs for the school after losing their current location. The Hyde Park Suzuki Institute Capital Campaign Kick off Concert to cover the cost of its relocation to the Chicago Theological Seminary in the fall. The event(…)