CPS budget hurts local schools

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Jesse Ruiz, interim CEO for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), said in a press conference on Monday, July 13, that CPS would lose $106 million in funding from the state this year. The statement comes as Chicago schools are presented with individual budgets for fiscal year 2016. “We’re disappointed that Springfield(…)

Dyett group squares off against local politicians

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A Bronzeville community organization is pitting itself against Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Ald. Will Burns (4th) in an effort to bring an open enrollment, Chicago Public Schools (CPS)-operated high school into the neighborhood. Members of the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School along with Bronzeville residents and CPS teachers gathered(…)

Hyde Parkers take to the Taste of Chicago

Hyde Parkers take to the Taste of Chicago

By Alexis Miller Staff Writer The downtown crowds and humidity didn’t stop Hyde Park resident Rachel Keller from enjoying this year’s Taste of Chicago at Grant Park. Keller has been consistently coming to the Taste since she was in high school at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. “I always loved the fact that I(…)

Local barista makes music his business

Local barista makes music his business

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer At the heart of Hyde Park there is an enterprising beat that resonates through many of the residents and those people drawn to the community. Fred Freeman, known as Oplus in the music industry, is one of those Hyde Parkers, who views the world from an entrepreneurial lens. Although you(…)

Ald. Burns, Pfleger speak on “Chiraq”

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) and Rev. Michael Pfleger were featured in a panel discussion at the City Club of Chicago on Thursday, July 9, that addressed the controversial title of Spike Lee’s latest film, “Chiraq.” Burns has been outspoken against the movie’s title for some time. He has gone so(…)

Focus Desk helps special learners

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Nancy Dellamore, once a Hyde Park Day School parent, is pioneering a new classroom desk that adapts to students’ learning styles. The Focus Desk, an easily-adjustable workstation, is a product of Marvel Group Inc., a Chicago-based furniture company that Dellamore and her husband co-own. For more than a decade, Dellamore(…)

Barbara Flynn Currie presents temporary budget for state

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Thursday, July 9, the Illinois House of Representatives voted to fund critical services and state workers’ salaries until August. The House passed the $2.3 billion temporary budget on a 71-19 vote. The fiscal year began July 1 with no comprehensive, annual budget in place. State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie(…)

Fourth on 53rd a huge success

Fourth on 53rd a huge success

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Parkers lined the sidewalks of 53rd Street just east of Lake Park Avenue Saturday morning to participate in the neighborhood’s annual Independence Day parade and picnic celebration, 4th on 53rd St. Dignitaries in the parade, which featured Joan Steggman as the Grand Marshal, included state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13),(…)