The Week in Review: Another Year Marked By COVID, Political Tensions

COVID-19 and national political turmoil dominate another year — one that began with the Jan. 6 capitol riot as congress certified the results of President Joe Biden’s victory.

Meanwhile, in Illinois the COVID vaccine distribution got underway, and Illinois fully reopened in June. But, vaccine resistance, the delta variant, and later omicron caused cases to surge again.

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This led city and state officials to impose vaccine mandates — first for employees, and now for some indoor settings in Chicago and Cook County. 

In politics, longtime House Speaker Michael Madigan — under fire for his implication in the federal investigation into ComEd — resigned from the House after losing the speaker’s gavel.

In the spring, residents mourned after police shot and killed 13-year-old Adam Toledo in Little Village.

And 2021 tops 2020’s surge in shootings and homicides — nearing levels not seen since the nineties.

In City Council, Mayor Lightfoot passed her $16.7 billion budget with $1.9 billion dollars in federal COVID relief funds. And tensions ran high as alderpeople face off in the once-in-a-decade ward remap.

Pedro Martinez took over as Chicago Public Schools CEO after Janice Jackson’s tenure, which was marked by improved test scores, COVID closures and constant fighting with the teachers union.

A special edition of The Week in Review looks back on 2021.


Steve Daniels, Crain’s Chicago Business | @DanielsABC11@CrainsChicago

Craig Dellimore, WBBM Newsradio | @CraigDellimore@WBBMNewsradio

Dan Mihalopoulos, WBEZ  | @dmihalopoulos@WBEZ

Tina Sfondeles, Politico |  @TinaSfon@politico

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