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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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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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I, as well as many others, am mystified by the attitude of the proponents for building the OPC within Jackson Park who find it advantageous to advocate for their position by writing venomous, vituperative, denigratory, mean-spirited and unsubstantiated accusations against those who advocate …

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I'm writing to thank all my Hyde Park neighbors who use a rake (instead of a leaf blower) to gather up leaves: those of us trying to enjoy being outdoors, or trying to work, are so grateful to you for sparing us that dentist-drill roar that ruins so many morning walks and interrupts Zoom mee…

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This fall, Illinoisans will have the opportunity to vote yes on the Fair Tax constitutional amendment. The Fair Tax amendment would eliminate the requirement for a single rate “flat tax” and lower tax rates for people with low and moderate incomes. This amendment will also improve the lives …

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I am a resident of Hyde Park, a former student at the University of Chicago, and a member of Sunrise Chicago, a local hub of the national youth-led Sunrise Movement. I am writing in response to your recent article about Illinois State Senator Robert Peters’ calls for criminal justice reform …

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For more than a decade the Coalition for Equitable Community Development (CECD) has been the primary neighborhood voluntary organization advocating for maintaining and expanding an economically, racially and age diverse community through affordable housing options. This task has been made ev…

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If you read the letters in the Herald, you can't help but realize this Obama Presidential Center in the park is a very poor plan from the start. There is simply no reason to plow up our historic, Olmsted-designed park when vacant lots lie all over the neighborhood. 

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I had high hopes, when it was announced that the National Park Service (NPS) would be doing an environmental assessment of the Obama Presidential Center. At last, I thought, some scientific observations, of the impact of the OPC on the Park, would be done. Sadly, this assessment ignores the …

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The most important thing on your ballot this year might not even be on your radar. If you’re like me, you’re hearing about the Presidential race all the time. (Don’t get me wrong: that’s super important. But there is not much doubt that Biden will easily carry Illinois.)