Week in Review: Looking Back at the Biggest Stories of 2022

Gov. J.B. Pritzker waltzed to reelection in November after easily seeing off a challenge from downstate Republican state Sen. Darren Bailey, his victory capped a banner night for Illinois democrats — who kept supermajorities in the statehouse and swept all major statewide offices.

Powerful former Democratic House Speaker Mike Madigan was indicted by federal prosecutors over alleged schemes to assist ComEd in exchange for bribes.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced her reelection bid amid sagging approval ratings — and a field of challengers looking to unseat her — but persistently high crime has Chicagoans on edge.

Illinois lawmakers vow more abortion protections in the wake of the Supreme Court Dobbs decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade.

And a 21-year-old was indicted in the Fourth of July mass shooting in Highland Park that killed seven and injured dozens more, spurring calls statewide for more gun control.

And in sports, the Chicago Bears look to be on the move after closing in on plans for a new home in Arlington Heights despite Lightfoot’s vow to make Soldier Field more attractive.

Meanwhile on the field, quarterback Justin Fields gives fans hope amid another otherwise forgettable season, while the disappointing White Sox look to the future after the departure of hall of fame manager Tony LaRussa.

And the Chicago Sky come up short in their bid to retain their WNBA title.


Laura Washington, of the Chicago Tribune and ABC 7 Chicago | @MediaDervish

Steve Daniels, of Crain’s Chicago Business | @SteveDaniels2

Rick Pearson, chief political reporter for the Chicago Tribune | @rap30

Maggie Hendricks, of Bally Sports | @maggiehendricks

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