Thoughts on a lakefront boutique hotel

Some thoughts on the proposal for a boutique hotel in the Harley Clarke mansion.
First of all, Col. James Pritzker is the nephew of Jay Pritzker, who died in 1999 and for whom the Pritzker Pavilion in Millenium Park is named. His name is James. He is a colonel in the US Army Reserve and uses his rank in his name.  So do many retired military people.
Second, here are some things to think about while discussing this proposal:

Opinion: Troubling lack of diversity on school boards

With the approaching retirement of Martha Burns, the D202 School Board will have lost 3 very forceful black leaders in a matter of 2 years [Along with Jane Colleton and Mary Wilkerson]. We risk having almost completely white Boards of Education at the High School and in District 65.

Native American dancers to enliven Mitchell Museum benefit

Oneida and Ojibwe powwow dancers from Wisconsin will perform at the 2013 annual benefit for the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, to be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave. in Evanston.

The “Native Dance Party” benefit will begin with a reception featuring Native American flute music.

Mitchell Museum extends art exhibit

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston has extended the run of its "Changing Views of American Indian Fine Art" exhibit to Sunday, March 10. The exhibit was originally slated to close Jan. 6.
The exhibit, which opened June 9, traces the evolution of Native American art from ancient times to the present day while spotlighting some of the forces that shaped it.
Organized by the Mitchell Museum, "Changing Views of American Indian Fine Art" includes works from the Mitchell's permanent collection and on loan from private collectors.

Mitchell Museum to offer holiday-break activities for youngsters

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston will offer special activities for kids during the school holiday break in late December and early January.
On December 26, 27, and 28 the museum will offer holiday-themed, do-it-yourself craft activities on a walk-in basis during regular museum hours. Kids, accompanied by an adult, can make simple versions of objects inspired by Native American cultures to take home as souvenirs or gifts.

Mitchell Museum to unveil 'New Treasures'

Jemez and Acoma Pueblo Pottery at the Mitchell Museum in Evanston, Illinois

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston will unveil noteworthy new additions to its permanent collection in an exhibit opening this month.
“New Treasures of Our Collection,” an exhibit of 45 recent acquisitions on display at the Mitchell Museum for the first time, will open on Saturday, Dec. 15, and will run through Sunday, Sept. 8, at the museum, 3001 Central St.
Exhibit developer Saul Sopoci Drake will lead a tour of the new exhibit at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec 15.

Vote 'No' on constitutional amendment #49

On Election Day, Illinois voters will decide on a constitutional amendment regarding pensions for state and local employees.  The referendum, clouded in legal-speak, would require a 3/5ths supermajority vote by governing bodies to "increase a benefit under any public pension or retirement system."  Now at first glance, this sounds great--"Hey, let's put some limits on these pensions," says the average taxpayer.

Evanston’s proposed double edged sword

Imagine if the state legislature passed a law requiring all Illinois licensed taxis to be painted yellow, and the City of Evanston later passed a law that said all taxis registered in Evanston must be painted blue.

Taxi owners would have to choose between complying with state law or local law.  Government wouldn’t knowingly do such a thing, right?

Help create a vision for high quality arts education for all

The Evanston Arts Education Coalition is a volunteer group of parents and community leaders working to restore art teacher staffing and fine arts programs to our schools.  Research proves that education that includes at least three hours per week of fine arts instruction (art, music, drama, dance) pays off in improved attention, memory, cognitive skills, literacy and academic performance for all children.  The Evanston Arts Ed Coalition believes that arts should be considered part of the core curriculum, and that fine art teachers should be considered equal teaching partners in their home s

Democratic Party of Evanston Annual Dinner

The Democratic Party of Evanston works toward political and social change.  We are progressive activists who engage, mobilize and organize the public to elect Democrats locally, state-wide and nationally. Our office at 821 Chicago Avenue is currently a hub of activity as people work on campaigns ranging from candidate for State Senator Daniel Biss to US Representative Jan Schakowsky to President Barack Obama.  In addition to button making and phone banking, every Saturday carloads of committed Democrats are going to Iowa to help President Obama win this important battleground state.

Tutoring business hires top high school students

Peer2Peer Tutors is launching its first Chicago area location in Evanston to provide tutoring services by talented local high school and college students for students in grades K-12.
“Studies show that peer-tutoring can be the most effective method of knowledge acquisition for students, ” says Peer2Peer founder Erik Kimel.