Chicago News Roundup: Gas Card Giveaway Passes City Council Committee

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Joyce Kenner, CPS’s most prominent director, retires after 3 decades

Joyce Kenner, one of Chicago’s longest-serving public school principals, who led the highly selective and prestigious Whitney Young Magnet High School through academic and athletic success as well as severalcontroversies over nearly three decades as headmistress, is retiring at the end of the school year, she announced today.

Kenner, 65, has become synonymous with Whitney Young over the years, through ups and downs and eight permanent CPS CEOs – plus a few interims. She has been one vocal administrator among many who are afraid to speak out against their bosses, while also being the target of criticism that she has not always handled student concerns carefully.

“I have great anxiety, because this has been my life,” Kenner told the Sun-Times in an interview this week. “I spent almost half my life at Whitney Young.

“I’m nervous about the next stage of my life. This is a dream job for any educator.

Kenner, only the third principal in Whitney Young’s 47-year history, always had bigger dreams in sight, however. She told the Sun-Times in a 2011 interview that she wanted to be district CEO: “I throw my name away. I have the baggage and the experience to take us to another level.

The director was of course never asked for this position in the 11 years that followed. But she confirmed she expressed an interest in city leaders when Janice Jackson stepped down last year. And as she heads into retirement, her feelings about the top job haven’t changed.

“I still believe that to this day,” Kenner said of his suitability for the CEO job. “And I’m not trying to put anyone down, but I think they should have at least offered me the opportunity to interview.”

Nader Issa has more on Kenner and his resignation here.

More news you need

  1. Services are scheduled for Saturday for Billie Paige, one of the first black women to work as a lobbyist in Springfield. A pioneering Illinois politician, Ms Paige died on April 10 at the age of 84.
  2. A federal judge overseeing a former Illinois inmate’s struggle to undergo gender-affirming surgery has accused the US Bureau of Prisons of treating the case as a “mole-punching” game. The judge also ordered weekly updates and a detailed plan to ensure Cristina Nichole Iglesias has surgery before her scheduled release in December.
  3. If the gas giveaways were a game of political poker, Mayor Lori Lightfoot barely edged out Willie Wilson — with house money. The City Council’s budget committee today set the stage for a full vote on the mayor’s gas card giveaway by voting narrowly to approve the plan.
  4. Demolition crews began demolishing Antioch Missionary Baptist Church today, days after a fire nearly destroyed the historic Englewood Church. The church, at 6248 S. Stewart Ave., has been home to Congregation Antioch MBC since 1958.
  5. The demolition of another historic Chicago building comes as a statewide preservation group today released an annual list of “most endangered landmarks” to save. The list of Illinois Landmarks includes the Century and Consumers buildings on State Street, Gillson Park in Wilmette, and a former gatehouse in Dan Ryan Woods.
  6. We invite children from kindergarten through high school in Chicago and the suburbs to participate in our art contest and send us an artwork that matches the theme “Spring ahead”. It’s for the new Chicago Sun-Times Art Contest, part of what we call The Imagination Project. Here’s how to submit.

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Chicago Magic Lounge pays homage to the city’s cabaret magic history

When you enter the Chicago Magic Lounge, 5050 N. Clark St., you’ll notice that the establishment is hidden behind a fake laundromat, complete with spinning dryers.

Customers aren’t fooled per se – it’s too pristine to be a proper laundromat. But you know something extraordinary is afoot, a feeling amplified by the black-walled bar to the left and a pristine little lobby decorated with magical museum-quality memorabilia to the right. It looks like a place you would find at Disney World instead of a North Clark Street cabaret. Not a rough cinder block in sight, writes our Neil Steinberg in his latest column.

Austin Bumgartener performs a trick at the Chicago Magic Lounge, 5050 N. Clark St., a cabaret hidden behind a fake laundromat. The club is open seven days a week.

The Chicago Magic Lounge cannot be taken off the stage without mentioning its emcee, magic veteran Jan Rose, a middle-aged lady whose personality eclipsed the two featured magicians, first by her dramatic interpretation of the considerable history of the Chicago close-up. Magic.

“We’re here to celebrate the great history of Chicago magic,” she said, detailing the dozens of clubs that once dotted the city.

“Slowly, one by one, they started to disappear,” she said. “Wilful pun.”

Steinberg has more of his night at the Chicago Magic Lounge here.

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Yesterday we asked you: what is your favorite sports superstition when your team plays?

Here’s what some of you said…

“Wear the same jersey until they lose.” — Bob Swyter

“Never say how much we pitch. As soon as I do, the launcher collapses. —Sheila Skemp

“They do better if I don’t watch.” — Scott Skinner

“I sleep in a team jersey or t-shirt the night before a game.” —Joan Palmquist

“I don’t wash my Bears jerseys during the season.” —BrandonWilliam Burgess

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