Community Pulls Together: Wilmette 2020 Year In Review

Jonah Meadows

WILMETTE, IL — While New Year's Eve 2020 will be unlike year's past The end of an unforgettable year offers a opportunity to look back on some of the top local news stories from Wilmette and Kenilworth published during 2020.

The year's coverage was dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, which touched the life of every member of the community in some way — from schools to work, from the political to the personal.

Since the start of year, there have been 1,025 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths among Wilmette residents. In Kenilworth, there have been 105 confirmed cases of the virus and no deaths among residents, according to data from the Cook County Department of Public Health and medical examiner's office.

But COVID-19 was not the only thing in the news in New Trier Township this year. Find some of the most-read articles published by Wilmette-Kenilworth Patch during 2020 below.

Young Volunteers 'Adopt' Local Seniors Vulnerable To Coronavirus

In a challenging time, a Wilmette Catholic parish is working to build and maintain relationships among its members.

After 100 Years, Wilmette American Legion Post 46 Disbands

With its building sold and membership dwindling, the group's few remaining veterans are reportedly set to join Morton Grove Post 143.

Kenilworth School District 38 Hires District 73.5 Superintendent

Kate Donegan, a former special education teacher from Skokie, is set to lead the one-school district through an administrative restructure.

Petition To Rename Joseph Sears School Prompts Community Dialogue

"The issues leading to the petition expand beyond the school's name and should be addressed by the village as a whole," a board member said.
AFTER: Remove 'White Nationalist' Village Founder From School: Petition

Lingerie Shop Offers Gifts To Nurses On Coronavirus Front Lines

The "Chantilly Lace Comfort Project" has gifted bags to hundreds of nurses at local hospitals treating COVID-19 patients.

Catholic School Teachers Demand Remote Start To School Year

The Archdiocese of Chicago's non-unionized teachers face a choice between losing their jobs or going to work amid the coronavirus pandemic.

North Shore Teen Set To Join First Class Of Female Eagle Scouts

Dozens of volunteers helped Iona McQuiston with her Eagle Scout service project Thursday at the Women's Club of Wilmette.

Recent New Trier High School graduate Iona McQuiston, 17, organized a landscaping project at the Women's Club of Wilmette in July. (Jonah Meadows/Patch)
Recent New Trier High School graduate Iona McQuiston, 17, organized a landscaping project at the Women's Club of Wilmette in July. (Jonah Meadows/Patch)

Local Police Chiefs Respond To Death Of George Floyd

The director of Glencoe's public safety department and police chiefs in Wilmette and Winnetka each issued statements about Floyd's death.

New Trier High School Board Approves 'Ladder To Reopening Plan'

With 'little or no guidance' from state or local officials, the district created a new advisory board to develop its own reopening metrics.

New Trier High School Ready To Resume In-Person Instruction

Up to 25 percent of students will be allowed to return to campus under the hybrid learning plan set to begin Tuesday.

Students at New Trier High School will be required to present electronic codes certifying they do not have coronavirus symptoms in order to be allowed on the campus. (Maday Productions/New Trier High School District 203)
Students at New Trier High School will be required to present electronic codes certifying they do not have coronavirus symptoms in order to be allowed on the campus. (Maday Productions/New Trier High School District 203)

Wilmette 11-Year-Old Launches Campaign To Save Local Restaurants

Gabby White hopes a pledge to order takeout at least once a week can help Wilmette restaurants survive the coronavirus pandemic this winter.

4th Grade Teacher Honors Late Father's Veterans Day Tradition

With help from her students, Harper Elementary School teacher Katy Kennedy has sent out nearly 1,000 cards to veterans and their families.

The late U.S. Army Sgt. Jerry Glenn Forsyth inspired his daughter to continue his tradition of sending handwritten cards to a list of veterans ahead of Veterans Day. (Courtesy Katy Kennedy)
The late U.S. Army Sgt. Jerry Glenn Forsyth inspired his daughter to continue his tradition of sending handwritten cards to a list of veterans ahead of Veterans Day. (Courtesy Katy Kennedy)

Winnetka, Northfield, Kenilworth Leaders Talk 'State Of Villages'

The annual event featuring village managers and board presidents from a trio of North Shore communities moved online for 2020.

Optima Wilmette Development Receives Final Approval From Trustees

Construction on the 109-unit luxury apartment building is expected to be complete in mid-2023.

Glencoe-based Optima Inc. received final approval last month from the Wilmette Village Board for a 109-unit luxury rental development across the street from the train station. (Optima Inc.)
Glencoe-based Optima Inc. received final approval last month from the Wilmette Village Board for a 109-unit luxury rental development across the street from the train station. (Optima Inc.)

Illinois Weed Sales Blaze New Record As Voters Welcome Pot Shops

Voters in Wilmette and five other suburbs favored allowing weed to be sold locally.

Mandatory Coronavirus Testing Begins At New Trier High School

Students — but not staff — must participate in the district's COVID-19 saliva screening program to come to campus in Northfield or Winnetka.

North Shore Hospitals Receive First Doses Of Coronavirus Vaccine

NorthShore University HealthSystem operates the regional hospital coordinating center for the north suburbs.

The first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are unloaded from a UPS truck on Dec. 17 at Glenbrook Hospital. (Jon Hillenbrand/NorthShore)
The first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are unloaded from a UPS truck on Dec. 17 at Glenbrook Hospital. (Jon Hillenbrand/NorthShore)

Thank you for being part of the Patch community during 2020, and we hope you will join us in 2021. As always, to contact Wilmette-Kenilworth Patch with news tips, comments, questions, suggestions or requests email wilmette@patch.com.

This article originally appeared on the Wilmette-Kenilworth Patch