SKOKIE, 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 in and around Skokie 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 3,335 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 97 deaths among Skokie residents, according to the village's health department. In Lincolnwood, there have been 1,812 confirmed cases of the virus and 43 deaths among residents, according to the Cook County Department of Public Health and medical examiner's office.
But COVID-19 was not the only thing in the news in Niles Township this year. Find some of the most-read articles published by Skokie Patch during 2020 below.
By giving every student a chance to stretch their talents, Justin Johnson represents "the very best of Illinois," Gov. J.B. Pritzker said.
Less than 10 months after a divided board gave him a raise and contract extension, Assistant Superintendent Eric Trimberger has resigned.
As the D-219 board debates cutting cops from Skokie high schools, a union representative warned officers would not respond "for any reason."
Volunteers distribute groceries to families in need every Wednesday in Skokie and Morton Grove.
The village faced a $10.2 million budget shortfall for the fiscal year beginning May 1, according to staff.
The head of a Skokie-based company and religious congregation faces 10 counts of mail fraud in connection with the scheme, prosecutors said.
The Skokie car dealership is accused of engaging in "ongoing and continuous" unfair and deceptive business practices after agreeing not to.
More than seven years after the village demolished the former site of Desiree Restaurant, a long-delayed development is rising in its place.
Officers from 25 law enforcement agencies were alerted to warnings of impending looting in Skokie on the first night of Chicago's curfew.
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Skokie's first recreational cannabis retailer held a grand opening in September featuring actor and weed farmer Jim Belushi.
The developer must buy Annie's Pancake House and transfer it to the village, which pledged up to $13.5 million in TIF funds for the project.
Village staff anticipate the new development will provide over 170 new jobs and an extra $475,000 in annual property taxes when complete.
NorthShore University HealthSystem operates the regional hospital coordinating center for the north suburbs.
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