Lane wins league opener against Steinmetz 50-31

To say the basketball team at Lane (5-3, 1-0) was sluggish for three quarters in its Red North opener against Steinmetz (4-3, 0-1) would be an understatement. The Indians would able to build a 12-point lead despite 30 missed shots at the basket and 15 turnovers.

Lane started the final quarter by scoring 13 unanswered points to seal the section opener on the road at Steinmetz.

“In the beginning, we weren’t focused,” Lane guard Christian Aranez admitted after the win. “We weren’t playing Lane Tech basketball. After the third quarter, I told the guys let’s be the team we know we can be.”

Lane didn’t arrive until 4 pm while Steinmetz head coach Brad Dowling benched three starters for missing practice. Another factor was only one referee showed up to officiate this contest.

Lane led only 17-11 at halftime despite scoring the game’s first nine points on three treys.

“I was thrilled to be down only six at halftime,” Steinmetz head coach Brad Dowling stated after the loss.

Aranez has gone from being Lane’s most improved player to maybe its most important as the team’s point guard this season. Aranez would be the game’s most valuable player after his performance on Tuesday. Aranez keyed the fourth quarter surge with three three-pointers.

“He won the coaches award last year,”Lane head coach Nick Logalbo said. “He’s the ultimate team player. It couldn’t happen to a better guy. He became our captain this year. What he lacks in height he makes up for it with heart.”

Aranez didn’t seem affected by the bus trip. The senior scored a game-high 15 points including two three-point hoops in the opening quarter.

“I don’t think we got off the bus until the fourth quarter,”Logalbo joked after the game.

Aranez led Lane with 15 points as Logalbo used 14 players and seven players contributed offensively.

“(Aranez) makes my job easier,” Logalbo said. “He’s going to be a coach one day. He’s the heart and soul of this team. He runs the show for us.”

Lane really won this game on defense forcing 24 turnovers as Steinmetz shot 11-of-43 on its home court against Lane’s man-to-man defense.

Lane made 7-of-15 shots in the fourth quarter.

“The effort was good for the most part,” Dowling said on the loss.”The hope there being down 12 points was to get it under single digits. We start off the fourth quarter on a 4-0 run it’s a game. They started on a 4-0 run and it’s almost garbage time.”

Frank Bland led Steinmetz with 10 points and 18 rebounds before fouling out.

Ultimate Frisbee at Lane Tech

A large crowd was on hand to cheer on the home teamSome estimates as high as 1.000

The fast paced and lively sport of Ultimate Frisbee came to Lane Tech on Thursday evening. Ultimate Frisbee combines elements of soccer, basketball, and football into an exciting up and down game. It was first created in the 1970’s and according to officials it now boasts more than ten thousand players nationwide and enjoys ten percent growth yearly. The game is played with seven players on each side. Each team attempts to move the frisbee up the field to the other team’s goal. If the frisbee is dropped, hits the ground, or is intercepted, the other team takes over. Every time a player catches the frisbee, they must establish position and then can only pivot, a la a basketball player. There is no contact allowed, and one nuance of Ultimate Frisbee is the lack of referees. Much like golf, players are expected to make calls themselves.


Lane Tech hosted a robust crowd of more than one thousand people on Thursday. The top men’s team in Chicago, the Chicago Machine, hosted a group of College all stars knows as Next Generation (Nex Gen). The collegiates have joined from colleges all over the country including Georgia Tech, Colorado, and Harvard. The event included sponsorship from two of the biggest suppliers of Ultimate Frisbee equipment: Panagratia and VC Ultimate.


The game began with a sputter as each offense made miscues and there was no score after each side had several attempts. Finally, the Machine started the scoring. Their best player on this evening, Rory Gallagher #2, was in the middle of it. He caught a long pass down the field, a la Randy Moss. Then, he found Kevin Cho for a score. The Machine scored again minutes later and it appeared the rout was on. In fact, there was a rout but counter to the play in the opening minutes. Nex Gen ran off the next five goals to make it 5-2 before Gallagher made another nice play to stop the bleeding and make it Nex Gen 5 Machine 3. Gallagher was all over the field all day and had three goals. It wasn’t enough. Nex Gen never trailed again. They took an 8-6 lead at half time. Half time occurs when one of the teams gets just over half the goals necessary to win.


The two teams traded goals capped off by a nice catch in the goal area by Taylor Kramer #29 for the Machine. That made the score 12-8. The Machine never got any closer. Ollie Gordon, #14, scored a goal to make it 13-8. Meanwhile, Nex Gen’s best player was Dylan Freechild, #5, from the University of Colorado, as he accounted for three goals.


The game ended mercifully at 15-9. Nex Gen continues on a whirlwind multi city tour. Meanwhile, fans in Chicago got a glimpse of an up and coming sport.

Open Wall: Faces and Spaces Round Up

The scenery in Chicago, from landmarks like Lake Michigan and Willis Tower to the local bar and barber, are endless inspiration for artists and painters alike. The results of that inspiration were on display at the 47th Ward office of newly sworn in Alderman Ameya Pawar last evening at Pawar’s office at 4243 North Lincoln.

The curator for the evening, Patricia Larkin-Green, explained that the event entitled, Open Wall: Faces and Spaces, was geographically themed. Artists, both painters and photographers, displayed work from representations of a mini mart on the Northwest Side by Mary Phelan to paintings of Lake Michigan. Larkin was doing double duty as she also had several of her paintings on display as well.

Bill Bartlett displayed a painting of a dark alley on a snowy night.  Bartlett explained that he took several photos of this alley one evening. After, he went home and drew several small sketches from those photos. Laying all those out, Bartlett then drew the final product an acrylic on canvas representation of that alley.

Phelan described a similar process with her oil on linen. “It’s representational,” said Phelan of her work. Phelan and  Bartlett explained that a representational painting interprets real landscapes rather than attempts to copy them wholesale. The two artists then proceeded into an esoteric debate about the differences in styles.

Andrew Steiner displayed some interesting black and white’s in the back and Welles Park Bulldog’s own Jane Rickard also had some of her work featured. Phil Ponce, host of WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, made an appearance to admire some of the work that included canvas paintings by his wife Ann.

The price for some of this work ranges from slow of $200 all the way to $5,500.

Ms. Green says that Pawar’s office is looking to put on three more shows over the next year each with a different theme. Th artists included: Hiroshi Ariyama,  Bill Bartelt,  Nico Carmargo, Meredith Dytch, Patricia Larkin Green, Bill Moran, Mary Phelan, Ann Ponce, Emily Rapport, Hugh Spector, Larry Zgoda, Andrew Steiner,and  Bulldog photographer Jane Rickard.

Redistricting should be transparent and honor recognized communities of interest

A Bulldog Editorial

Two weeks and a holiday exist between now and the end of the regular session of the Illinois General Assembly. The Statehouse is abuzz as it passes a controversial education reform bill and grapples with the legacy of financial mismanagement from two convicted former governors. But the elephant in the room is redistricting. And so far it is going unnoted. Using redistricting the politicians will be selecting the voters they want to vote for them. Oh! You thought you selected the politicians to represent you? That is a nice thought and worthy of a third grade essay. No. As the Bulldog has been discussing, the process for determining how our neighborhood will be represented is well underway. It is being purposely hidden from your view. And, it will all be over in two weeks. During May a redistricting plan only requires 60 votes in the House and 30 votes in the Senate to pass. In June, the same plan will need a 3/5ths majority of each chamber for passage. In other words, if the plan, which is not yet public, is not passed in the next two weeks, it will require Republican votes for passage. To suggest there isn’t a map shows arrogance and conceit. Yet, that is the claim of certain insiders and the Democratic Party leadership. Activists have been demanding for months the legislature reveal maps that insiders now say they have seen. The activists are demanding at least a week to respond to the proposed boundary lines. So far that call has gone unanswered. The insiders laugh at the naivety of activists and the press and our readers and thousands of other citizens in this state. We demand transparency. Who the hell do we think we are? THE STORY SO FAR As The Bulldog noted, a coalition of Asian, Hispanic and African American groups called the United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations have developed a comprehensive map that would increase representation of Hispanics and potentially of Asians without costing the African American community any representation. In Ravenswood the maps offer two versions. In each map plan Deb Mell will be forced to run in a district that is new to her. That is of concern to the LGBT community. Only three members of the General Assembly are openly gay. Mell is one of those reps. The LGBT community is not a protected minority. As Jacob Meister notes in an editorial in “the Census Bureau did not bother to collect data on LGBT individuals and families.” And, as The Bulldog has noted, gay activists believe that although certain retail areas, particularly in Uptown and in Boys Town, are associated with the gay community, gays are spread throughout the community and drawing a line to describe an area as being gay is not going to happen.


That said, we also look at our Mission Statement. We interpret those words to mean we should give voice to persons without voice. We believe that the LGBT community, although it has not received legal status as a protected minority, deserves protection by persons of good will. Therefore, The Bulldog supports map proposals that offer minorities and the LGBT community districts in which the minorities can run candidates with a good chance of winning. But that doesn’t guarantee a win. And, we find gerrymandering the map to get rid of an opponent offensive. We believe that has happened to Mell with the proposals by the United Congress. So, although we support the goals of the United Congress, and in general support the proposed map of the UC, we urge change.


The Bulldog is calling on the Statehouse to move the line for the 40th legislative district proposed by the United Congress in such a way that Mell’s home continues to be within the 40th district boundaries. We urge persons to oppose Mell in an open and fair primary and election if they don’t like her politics. And, we note that we have taken Mell to task in the past for working to keep opponents off the ballot using election law. We pledge to watch Mell carefully, but also watch her opponents. Everyone should play nice. End the Gerrymandering.

  1. The Democratic map should be revealed NOW. We do not buy that the map doesn’t exist. Government should be about transparency, not secrecy.
  2. A Hispanic majority district in the area of Albany Park/ Avondale and Irving Park should be established as outlined by the United Congress.
    1. That district should NOT carve out the home of Rep. Deborah Mell.
  3. If a house and/or senate district with Asian influence can be created, as outlined by the United Congress, it should be created.
  4. We believe there are several strong reasons to tie the following neighborhoods together in the same district due to existance of several separate groups that coexist:
    1. Ravenswood Manor
    2. Ravenswood Gardens
    3. Greater Rockwell
    4. Lincoln Square
    5. The portion of Ravenswood between the Chicago River, Foster, Lawrence and Lincoln Ave.
  5. We believe the tandem of a corridor along Lincoln Ave and the Brown Line should form the backbone of a district of common interest.
  6. We believe the eight  retail/residential areas below should each be kept in a single house and single senate district
    1. St. Ben’s
    2. Roscoe Village
    3. Bowmanville
    4. Budlong Woods
    5. The six corners of Lincoln/Belmont/Ashland
    6. The six corners of Lincoln/Damen/Irving Park
    7. Wrigleyville
    8. Southport Corridor
  7. We believe that the natural boundaries created by the Chicago River, industrial areas and cemeteries should be used to draw lines and that any legislative district representing this area not include any part of the suburbs.
  8. The entirety of the campus, offices, parking facilities and future development of Swedish Covenant Hospital should be intact within a single district.

The Bulldog editorializes that legislative districts be drawn to create majority Hispanic districts, an Asian influence district and protect the boundaries of nine communities of interest.


The Bulldog is a for-profit enterprise. It is also a hyper-local news effort that had to define what were its communities of interest. The concept of communities of interest should be taken into consideration by the legislature. It is a concept that received a lot of attention during the legislative hearings that have led us up to this moment. Ravenswood is represented by two State Senators holding powerful leadership positions: Senate President John Cullerton and Sen. Heather Steans. We believe that the leadership will act to protect the districts of these two leaders despite any protest made by anyone. That said, The Bulldog claims expertise in defining what the communities of interest in Ravenswood are. We believe that the purpose of the Democratic Party to protect Cullerton and Steans can be met and the needs of the community protected too. We are using our editorial voice, an expression of the community of writers and photographers, because someone must stand and state these principles to the legislature before it is to late. We urge Cullerton and Steans to consider that our community will be better represented if certain the following are considered prior to finalizing the map.

  1. A Hispanic majority district in the area of Albany Park/ Avondale and Irving Park should be established as outlined by the United Congress.
    1. That district should NOT carve out the home of Rep. Deborah Mell.
  2. If a house district with Asian influence can be created, as outlined by the United Congress, it should be created.
  3. In general there are a number of significant boundaries present in the area that prevent easy community building. They provide opportunities to create boundaries.
    1. Rosehill Cemetery.
    2. Graceland Cemetery.
    3. St. Boniface Cemetery.
    4. The small cemeteries north of Wrigley Field.
    5. The Metra/ UP North Line is also an appropriate boundary, except as noted.
    6. The combination of the Addison Industrial Corridor, Lane Tech High School and the former property of Riverview.
  4. The Chicago River should form a boundary.
  5. The map should recognize that there are communities of interest in Ravenswood that are centered on retail districts and transportation nodes. When possible, the retail districts and the transportation nodes should be intact within a district.
    1. One of the most important distinctions for Ravenswood residents is the proximity to the Brown Line. This transportation feature is common to several neighborhoods. It ties together Ravenswood Manor and SouthEast Ravenswood and gives reason for the strange “L” shape of Ravenswood.
    2. A second key feature in this neighborhood is the Metra Line.
    3. A third key to the area is Lincoln Ave. It appears that the district drawn in 2000 which is now represented by Cullerton centered on Lincoln Ave. That district is relatively cohesive and shares many interests.
    4. In the case of both senate districts, we believe that they should remain entirely within the boundaries of the City of Chicago.
  6. The Ravenswood neighborhood is, in general, a neighborhood that has a small number of protected minorities. However, that does not mean it doesn’t have distinct ethnic differences.
    1. A German community of interest, the rump of what was once a much larger German community, still exists, centered on Lincoln Ave., and in particularly we find anecdotal evidence this community continues to exist near Lincoln Square.
    2. A Greek community of interest exists. As is the case with the German population, this is an ethnic group that is losing its population as new generations move out and new groups move in. We find anecdotal evidence this group continues to exist along Lawrence Ave from the area near California Ave to Western Ave. This area includes the church of St. Demetrios.
    3. Former Yugoslavia community. We find anecdotal evidence, based primarily on the existance of bars serving the community, that this recent group exists in the area of Lincoln Square.
  7. Key retail areas should not be divided into separate legislative districts. We point to Chinatown as an example of how poorly served a business district can be if it has more than one legislator. We point, in our own area, to Andersonville, which is divided among several wards, as an example of terrible planning during redistricting.
    1. The Lincoln Square retail area is a two block radius area centered at Lawrence, Lincoln and Western.
    2. Bowmanville, which has no significant retail area, nevertheless should be kept together.
    3. Budlong Woods is a distinct area and should be kept together. In the not to distant past, this neighborhood would have formed a boundary due to its being a farm. Current maps call for this area to be included in the proposed Asian influence district.
    4. Andersonville should not be divided again. It is generally defined by Clark Street from near the corner of Ridge to south of Foster.
    5. Ravenswood Manor has more in common with the Ravenswood Garden community across the Chicago River than many other contiguous communities. They should be in the same district. In some areas these two communities are considered to overlap Greater Rockwell which itself overlaps Lincoln Square. It shouldn’t be an issue to keep these small neighborhoods together.
    6. St. Ben’s is a distinct area and should remain together. We define it as the area within two blocks of the church/ school complex at Leavitt and Irving Park Rd.
    7. Roscoe Village is a distinct area and should not be divided. We define it as an area within two blocks of Roscoe running from Western Ave to the Metra railroad.
    8. In addition, we see retail areas forming communities of interest around Wrigley Field, Lincoln/ Irving and Damen and Belmont/ Lincoln and Ashland. The city has definitions of the two retail areas that the six corners define. Wrigley, in our opinion, is the area that receives a significant economic impact due to the proximity of the ballfield, or about two blocks from the intersection of Clark and Addison.
    9. In general, public elementary school attendance boundaries should be kept intact.
    10. In general, larger communities, such as Ravenswood, Uptown, Lake View and Rogers Park should be kept in one legislative district.
  8. Now, joining the chorus, The Bulldog has shown its map. We want the leadership to show its map.

WHAT IS THE LAW? The basic requirements for a legislative district, according to the Federal government are:

  • Federal Voting Rights Act. Provides protected minorities that could create districts of 50 percent or greater population proportion with protection from practices of cracking and packing to dilute their strength.
    • States and municipalities cannot do “too much” to compensate for race. However, they may not use redistricting to dillute the voting strength of minority populations. The fine line between whether a plan leans on dilluting minorities or makes the election accessible often sends plans to court for adjudication.
  • Gingles Factor. A court test based on the Federal VRA provides that to prove a section 2 VRA violation
    • The minority group is sufficiently large and geographically concentrated to make up a majority district
    • That the minority group is politically cohesive
    • That the white majority votes together to defeat the minority candidate
  • One person, one vote
    • Baker v Carr, 1962 court decision held that districts have to have roughly equal population

In addition, Illinois has a Voting Rights Act. That law mandates the following:

An alternative majority Hispanic district proposed by the Illinois Hispanic Agenda also excludes Rep. Deb Mell’s home. Credit: Illinois Hispanic Agenda
  • Contiguity.

Districts cannot include “islands” that are not geographically connected in some manner to the district (for example on real islands, there needs to be a transportation link such as a bridge or a ferry to the rest of the district).

  • Compactness.

The boundaries of the district can be measured by a number of measures. Let’s summarize this limitation as calling for the districts to be able to withstand tests that their boundaries are logical.

  • Nesting.

Illinois uses a system in which two Illinois House Districts are associated with each Illinois Senate District.

  • The state law created three categories of districts for the legislature to consider:
    • Crossover districts- Districts where a minority is large enough to elect the candidate of its choice provided the candidate receives support from voters outside the minority.
    • Coalition districts- Districts in which more than one minority can form a coalition to elect a candidate of their choice.
    • Influence districts- A district where a minority can influence the election even if its preferred candidate cannot be elected.
  • Encourages ‘communities’ of common concern
    • May be ethnic, religious, based on transportation, sexual, etc.
    • Legislature will act not to break up (crack) such communities

In addition, let’s layout a few other specifics.

  • Majority Hispanic districts are generally higher in the proportion of Hispanics than majority white or black districts due to a skew in the average age of the population: more of the population is too young to vote and there appears to be lower participation in the election process among Hispanics. 65 percent is considered necessary to create a majority Hispanic district.
  • While there is some information available about single-sex households, in general information about LGBT communities is not based on census data.
  • In Illinois the location of incumbents homes are taken into consideration. This is not true for all redistricting efforts. Iowa, for example, uses a computer that does not consider incumbent addresses in its plan.
  • Illinois has a history of using redistricting to punish potential opponents of incumbents. Famously, in the redistricting of the South Side following the 2000 census, a young Illinois Senator, Barack Obama, was redistricted out of Congressman Bobby Rush’s district.
  • Illinois also factors in political loyalty of a district. Specifically, Illinois legislators look at voting along party lines in previous presidential, US Senate and state executive offices.
  • The final consideration  is that the legislature is asked to take communities of interest into consideration. A community of interest can be any self-defined group. For example:
    • Ethnic groups
    • Religious groups
    • Groups based on employment (e.g., farming, auto parts, colleges, etc)
    • Communities of LGBT and similar sexual orientation and identity
    • A town or neighborhood
    • Communities that are defined by infrastructure (such as use of the Brown Line)
  • Gerrymandering is the act of remapping to give an unfair advantage to one political group. The Federal Voting Rights Act protects minorities against racial Gerrymandering.
  • Cracking. Diluting a group. A violation of the VRA for protected minorities if it harms the ability of minorities to elect representation
  • Packing. Concentrating a group. A violation of the VRA for protected minorities if it harms the ability of minorities to elect representation


  • Tues., May 31 Last day to pass reapportionment by 50% +1 of membership
  • Fri., June 3 Gov. Pat Quinn must receive reapportionment legislation
  • Thurs., June 30 Last day to pass reapportionment by 3/5ths of membership vote
  • Wed., Aug. 10 Last day for eight member commission to submit a reapportionment plan
  • Wed., Oct 5 Deadline for nine member commission to submit a reapportionment plan
  • Early November Candidates begin passing petitions for office under the reapportionment

Lane Tech football season in review

John Montgomery and George Howe contributed to this report

Under new Lane Tech Coach Fred Proesel the Indians took four games. However big losses to Glenbrook High School, Curie High School and Simeon High School have to grate on the Indians, who are unlikely to receive a playoff bid.
Lane Tech ended the football season 4-5 in 2010

Lane Tech football standings at end of 2010 season

Lane Tech football standings at end of 2010 season

Bell shines in disappointing school report

Bell School was ranked 13th among all CPS elementary schools in an internal grading of all district schools obtained by the Chicago Tribune.

Bell School was ranked 13th among all CPS elementary schools in an internal grading of all district schools obtained by the Chicago Tribune.

Bell School was given an “A” grade by the Chicago Public Schools and was ranked 13th among all Chicago Public elementary schools in an internal school board report of academic performance, a Bulldog analysis of Chicago Tribune data released this morning indicates.

The data, which gives a dark picture of failing schools and a generation of students suffering from inadequate education, was obtained by the Tribune and described by the newspaper’s report as coming from “internal documents.”

What’s novel about this measure is that it offers a glimpse of the district’s own view of school quality,” the report said. “The ratings take in a variety of indicators including test scores, dropout rates and attendance. The scores are based on 2008-2009 test results as well as trends over time.”

[For a full discussion of the grades, what they mean, what observers make of them and maybe why they are not a full and complete picture of the schools, see the original Tribune article.]

In the Ravenswood neighborhood the numbers are disappointing. Three of the four high schools in the neighborhood are rated C-. Amundsen and Lake View, both ranked as a C-, however, saw improvements in their score, year over year. The three schools have 3,437 students registered and include one charter school, DeVry Advantage Academy.

Three neighborhood schools are given D+ or D- grades, McPherson, Trumbull and Ravenswood. The three schools registered 1,598 students, the report says.

Overall, 45.07 percent of high school students in CPS attend schools that are given an F. While half the 19 high schools ranked as Failing showed improvement year over year, 18 lost ground, the report indicates.

Including schools with a D+ or worse, 71,753 CPS students, fully 69.46 percent of CPS high school students, are enrolled in schools with poor performance.

Ravenswood Elementary School falls into the category of risk with a D- score. It’s overall score fell by more than half, it was scored as a C+ last year. 431 students attend Ravenswood according to the report.

Two other Ravenswood neighborhood schools fell into the D+ range: McPherson and Trumbull. McPherson’s performance fell from a C+ in the previous year while Trumbull fell from a B+ in the previous year.

Coonley saw dramatic improvement. It was ranked a B+, good enough to be ranked 51st among all CPS elementary schools. Courtenay, which saw its score fall slightly from a B to a B-, was ranked 72nd among all CPS elementary schools.

To see the data used by the Tribune, download here.


Grade # Schools Enrollment
A 3 2706
A- 1 2262
B+ 1 4208
B 2 4606
B- 3 1275
C 6 7382
C- 13 12152
D+ 4 7012
D 12 10001
D- 8 8184
F 40 46556
TOTAL 95 103289


Grade # Schools Enrollment
A+ 5 4086
A 13 7628
A- 25 14477
B+ 5 4086
B 12 6431
B- 23 14248
C+ 42 29067
C 62 37155
C- 62 34504
D+ 42 29067
D 37 18133
D- 51 25598
F 108 50474
TOTAL 487 274954


School Name Overall rank Enrollment 2008-9 Score 2009-10 Score Grade
Lane Tech 6 4208 75 75 B
Amundsen 17 1589 44.4 45.4 C-
Advantage Academy
22 197 63.5 50.8 C-
Lake View 25 1651 41.7 44.4 C-
HS Total 7645
Bell 13 944 81 88.1 A
Coonley 51 444 47.6 78.6 B+
Courtenay 72 236 74.4 71.4 B-
Waters 132 450 64.3 69 C+
Budlong 145 861 76.2 57.1 C
Chappell 149 426 61.9 59.5 C
McPherson 286 699 64.3 47.6 D+
Trumbull 293 468 78.6 45.2 D+
Ravenswood 419 431 66.7 33.3 D-

Amundsen High School Football: Week 1

Amundsen suffered a 0-24 loss to the Lane Tech Indians. However, it was a non-conference game. Amundsen plays at Brother Rice, Friday at 7:30P.

Amundsen Vikings

Chicago Public Prairie State (Illini) League
Head Coach: Grant Jones
2009 Record: 4-5 (Class 6A)
2010 Official Enrollment: 1669.00

Amundsen Conference results Week 1

Amundsen Football Schedule

Lake View High School Football, At The Ready

The traditional end of football practice at Lake View High School. Photo Credit:Jane Rickard

Lake View High School  has their opening  football match against Thomas  Kelly High School on Saturday August 28th, Lane Tech Field at 3:00pm.

Other local schools of note:

Lane Tech will face off aganist Amundsen at Lane Stadium on Friday night  7:00pm.

Gorden Tech will battle Luther North at North Park University Holmgren Field 1:00pm on Saturday.

The weather report is clear, this looks to be a great weekend for high school football lovers!

CPS budget hearings at Lane tonight

The Chicago Public Schools will hold a public meeting at Lane Tech high School, 2501 W Addison St., Chicago, to discuss the school budget for the coming school year.

The meeting starts at 7 PM, with registration taking place at 6 PM.

According to the CPS website:

The Chicago Public Schools FY2011 Proposed Budget Book is the proposed financial and policy plan of the Chicago Public Schools for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2010, and ends June 30, 2011. The fiscal year encompasses 12 months, as mandated by the 1995 Amendatory Act enacted by the Illinois legislature.

The FY2011 Proposed Budget Book includes line-item expenditure details, summary financial tables, and narrative overviews of CPS programs, goals, and financial policies and procedures.

The Proposed Budget Book also contains snapshots of individual school budgets to provide readers with an at-a-glance view of school based budgets and demographics that impact the budgets. These snapshots are included in the Schools at a Glance section. Departmental budget summaries are also included.

Public hearings about the budget will take place in August at the locations and times listed below. The Chicago Board of Education will discuss and vote on the FY2011 budget at its August 25 board meeting.

The Chicago Public Schools will be holding a public meeting to discuss the budget at Lane Tech High School, August 17 starting at 6 PM

Mather Invitational Track Meet

Fenger High School mens relay.

The start of the Mens Open Relay.

Lane Tech Track Coach

Lane Tech Girls pass the baton in the relay.

The big push for the fourth leg of the relay.

Students from 27 high schools and about 733 participants gathered at River Park Saturday, April 3 for the 10th Annual Mather Invitational track and field event.

Dale Devinney, Mather High School’s track and field coach said the event takes place on the first Saturday of April every year.

Lane Tech High School placed first in the women’s events and second in the men’s events. The event was open to the public. Hundreds of neighbors gathered along the edge of the field watching the competition on the windy but seasonally warm Saturday afternoon. Competitive events at the park were postponed till 12:30 PM as organizers waited for a rain front to pass through the area.

“Between boys and girls we had about 130 participants,” Lane Tech track coach Kris Roof said. Roof said he was pleased with the team’s showing and the level of participation on a holiday weekend.