Chicago Announcements May 18, 2021

  • Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a new My CHI campaign, “Rediscover Summer,” Monday. Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson said the initiative would “help address the academic and social and emotional needs created by the pandemic and ensure thousands of CPS students have a strong foundation of support when returning to the classroom next fall.” The program’s offerings will include Day Camp programming beginning June 28, track and field competitions “to find Chicago’s fastest,” increased capacity at the city’s public libraries and arts-themed programs, the GreenCorps Chicago Youth Program, fishing lessons, career coaching for youth 16 and up and a range of apprenticeship programs. In a statement, Lightfoot said the “200,000 summer opportunities,” would give the city‘s young people “the nurturing, out-of-school environments they deserve and need in order to develop their talents and reach their highest potential.” 
  • Cook County Health announced Monday it will return to distributing Johnson & Johnson vaccines at its Des Plaines mass vaccination site. The one-dose vaccine will be one choice, with the other option being the two-dose Pfizer vaccine. Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine administration was paused briefly in April after reports of blood clots among some recipients; however, public health officials later determined that the vaccine is still safe and effective for the vast majority of people who receive it.
  • Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia will host a virtual mini-summit called “Secure Your Self & Rights” at 5 p.m. Tuesday. According to a press release, the event “will provide space for an open dialogue with young womxn, girls, trans, and gender non-binary youth on how to protect themselves from discrimination and inequality.” Participants will include U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth and Lt. Gov. Julianna Stratton, other Chicago and Cook County officials and high-ranking officials from companies based in Chicago. Online registration is required.

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