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Debate around the proposed end of cash bail in Illinois on Jan. 1 dominated the political discourse during this fall’s political races and is now the subject of a court battle, but it’s just one of about 200 laws scheduled to take effect in the new year.
From a pay bump for low-wage workers and a tax hike at the gas pump to a new official state snake and rock, take a look at what kicks in as the calendar turns to 2023.
Here’s a look back at some of the top stories of 2022 and a few more.
Starting Jan. 1, many Americans will qualify for a tax credit of up to $7,500 for buying an electric vehicle. The credit, part of changes enacted in the Inflation Reduction Act, is designed to spur EV sales and reduce greenhouse emissions.
But a complex web of requirements, including where vehicles and batteries must be manufactured to qualify, is casting some doubt on whether anyone can receive the full $7,500 credit next year.
The Chicago Teachers Union fought with Chicago Public Schools. Ken Griffin fought with Gov. J.B. Pritzker; one was reelected, the other left the state. Mayor Lori Lightfoot had a year of myriad conflicts. Chicago debated a casino, too close to home for some. Aldermanic silliness had, well, a more normal year than the rest of us. Finally, July Fourth in Highland Park saw unspeakable anguish.
Here’s a look back at 2022, as seen through excerpts from the Tribune’s locally focused editorials.
Hundreds of highly skilled performances ennobled Chicago theater in 2022, writes Chris Jones. Some flowed from celebrities, others from largely unknowns. All took risks, especially in an environment where the effects of COVID-19 still scrambled casts and created a whole raft of challenges for a profession that is plenty challenging enough in the best of times.
Here are 10 great made-in-Chicagoland performances from 2022 that will live on in the memory.
From the rebuilding Bears to the surprising Illini football team to the disappointing White Sox and everything in between, it was another busy year in Chicago sports. And our team was there to cover it all.
Here are the Tribune sports staff’s picks for their favorite stories from 2022.
January used to mark the midseason for TV, but these days new shows are premiering year-round. And you thought you were done unwrapping presents.
In our multiverse many things are true, writes Michael Phillips. We still go to the movies, selectively. And there’s still a pandemic. And the studios’ nervous desire to get to the part where we’re all streaming and the multiplexes go away feels destructively short-sighted.
The next three months might just hand us some movies worth the effort of getting up off the sofa. Here are 10 to consider.