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I am a proud parent of a student at National Teachers Academy (NTA). NTA is a high-performing, majority-Black, low-income elementary school in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood.

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A third-generation Hyde Parker and an Associate Professor in the Department of English and the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at Loyola University Chicago, Dr. Badia Ahad-Legardy was just a three-year-old in my Head Start class in 1978. When her grandparents, Annie and Eddie, purchased a h…

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It is no secret that this pandemic has devastated communities across our state — and Black and Brown communities have been hit the hardest, both in terms of lost lives and lost livelihoods. Black Americans are almost three times as likely as white Americans to be hospitalized for COVID-19 an…

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For almost a thousand years, Japanese and southeast Asians have celebrated the beauty of sakura, Japanese cherry blossoms, in a spring festival of renewal, hope and peace called Hanami. It began as a Japanese celebration of the end of winter snows and the appearance of the spring cherry blos…

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After a year of struggle with the scourge of our pandemic, we would like to take the opportunity to thank our very loyal customers for their continued patronage. It’s been a difficult time for everyone but your unwavering support has left us incredibly humbled. We will be forever grateful.

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Many of the interactions between police and community that occurred during the George Floyd protests against police brutality have been laid bare in a report released by Chicago's Office of Inspector General on February 18. (See stories in 2/25 and 3/4 editions of the Herald.) The report was…

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Dear Editor,News stations, newspapers, police commanders, and City Council members are all disseminating information on the high increase of carjackings that is happening in Chicago. Last year showed a huge surge in carjackings and now this year it has remained on the rise. The Chicago Polic…

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President Obama left a distinguished legacy of important contributions to several issues of great public importance. Constructing the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) in Jackson Park, ironically, will undermine that legacy — inexplicable when relocation of the OPC to a site only a mile away, …

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Over the past year, there have been so many simple, cherished moments I have missed and once took for granted. My monthly breakfast with Hyde Park elected officials at Mellow Yellow. Visiting my favorite bookstores, Powell’s and 57th Street Books. Flipping pancakes at the annual Hyde Park Ne…

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A 700-page-plus criminal justice bill shepherded by a team including some of our local elected officials passed both houses in Springfield last week. (See front page story.) It is filled with a lot of the kind of great ideas — or versions of them modified to get enough votes — that South Sid…

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I am a long-time resident of the city of Chicago. I was born in 1946 in Provident Hospital and lived most of my life on the South Side of Chicago. I have a doctorate in U.S. History with emphasis on Chicago history. I worked for years as a volunteer with the Illinois Black Panther Party, the…

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On December 2, "No Parking" signs were posted on both sides of the street, 5410-5419 S. Blackstone Ave., from December 3 through the end of the year (a four-week period). This gave us less than 24 hours' notice to move our vehicles. There was no indication of the sort of work to be carried o…

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