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CHICAGO — Brandon Johnson presided over many historic and challenging moments for the city during his first year as mayor.

A look back at the photos — and headlines — that shaped Johnson's first year in office.

Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson embraces Mayor Lori Lightfoot during the 2023 City of Chicago Inauguration on May 15, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety
Mayor Brandon Johnson’s family reveals Johnson’s name on the Office of the Mayor at City Hall on May 15, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety
Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson met with Mayor Lori Lightfoot at her City Hall office for nearly 90 minutes on April 6, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Brandon Johnson Pledges To Reopen Mental Health Clinics, Push Progressive Change At Inaugural Address

Block Club’s Madison Savedra and Quinn Myers and Chalkbeat Chicago’s Becky Vevea discuss Mayor Brandon Johnson’s first year on “On the Block” 7 p.m. Thursday on The U and 10 a.m. Saturday on CW26

What ShotSpotter And CTA's Dorval Carter Share - A Murky Future, And Trouble For Mayor Johnson
Mayor Brandon Johnson and Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th) briefly met with the migrants who are seeking shelter at the 12th Police District station in Pilsen on May 16, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: On Visits To Migrant Shelters, Mayor Brandon Johnson Vows To Support New Arrivals — And Existing Residents

The funeral for slain Chicago Police Officer Aréanah Preston at Trinity United Church of Christ in Washington Heights on May 17, 2023. This photo was made on expired black and white film. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Aréanah Preston Dreamt Of Being Police Superintendent, Loved Ones Say At Young Officer’s Funeral

Alderpeople applaud at the end of the first City Council meeting where Mayor Brandon Johnson presided over, on May 24, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Alderpeople Approve Johnson’s Picks To Lead Council Committees — Ending Short-Lived Bid For Legislative Independence

Mayor Brandon Johnson shakes hands with a newly sworn-in officer at the Chicago Police Department recruit graduation and promotion ceremony in the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom on June 5, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety
Yeniree Rodriguez hugs a friend during a memorial service June 10, 2023 for her brother, Luis Alberto Aguilar Peres. Peres was found unresponsive inside a temporary migrant shelter in Woodlawn. Credit: Jacqueline Cardenas/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: South Siders Preach Unity As Neighbors Mourn Venezuelan Migrant Who Died At Woodlawn Shelter

A smokey view of the NASCAR course being set up while air quality reached very unhealthy levels, as seen from Millennium Park on June 27, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Chicago’s Air Pollution Crisis Shines A Light On What Some Neighborhoods Face All The Time, Experts Say

“Congratulations, Mr. Mayor. I think that you’ve been doing a good job,” President Joe Biden said as he visited Chicago to speak about his economic plans at the Old Post Office on June 28, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Biden Touts Economic Plan In Chicago, Praises Mayor Johnson — But No, He Didn’t Ride The ‘L’

New Zealand driver Shane Van Gisbergen wins the first NASCAR Chicago Street Race on July 2, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety
Pit Road is flooded with water during the rain delay before the inaugural NASCAR Chicago Street Race on July 2, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: NASCAR Fans Brave Rain-Soaked Chicago Weekend To Watch Shortened — And Pricey — Grant Park Races

Dramatic storm clouds loom behind the Chicago skyline after a tornado warning and storm passed through the city, as seen from Ukrainian Village on July 12, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety
Mayor Brandon Johnson speaks at a press conference at Roberto Clemente Community Academy before the opening of a pilot CPS welcome center for newly arriving families on July 17, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: CPS Opening Welcome Center For Migrant Families At Clemente High School As Hundreds Remain In Police Stations

Saru Jayaraman speaks on the One Fair Wage movement during a City Council meeting on July 19, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Mayor, Alderpeople Introduce Ordinance To End ‘Subminimum’ Wage For Tipped Workers In Chicago

Mayor Brandon Johnson, Ald. Emma Mitts (37th) and representatives of FEMA meet with West Side neighbors to assess damage and impact of recent flooding in Austin on July 25, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: West Siders Beg City, Feds For Help After Floods Devastate Community: ‘We Lost Everything’

Housing advocates hold a press conference at City Hall before the City Council Committee on Housing and Real Estate hold a hearing on Thursday, July 27, 2023. Credit: Alex Wroblewski/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Will City Hike Taxes On Pricey Home Sales To Fight Homelessness? Supporters Optimistic

Thousands of festival goers pack around the T-Mobile stage to see Fred Again.. perform during the second day of Lollapalooza in Grant Park on Aug. 4, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety
One mattress remains after group of migrants are relocated from the 1st District police station to an emergency shelter on the North Side. Credit: Melody Mercado, Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Migrants Weren’t Moved Out Of Downtown Police Station Because Of Lollapalooza, Mayor Says

Mayor Brandon Johnson holds a press conference at City Hall after selecting CPD Chief Larry Snelling as the next Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department on Aug. 14, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Who Is Larry Snelling? Chicago’s Next Police Superintendent Is The ‘Son Of Englewood’

Mayor Brandon Johnson pats the head of kindergartner Triston during a back-to-school event at Jackie Robinson Elementary School in Bronzeville on Aug. 21, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: First Day Of School: Chicago Public Schools Reopens Under A New Era Of Leadership

Neighbors and kids play in the water from a fire hydrant in Albany Park as Chicago reached record-breaking high temperatures on Aug. 23, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Chicago Ties All-Time Heat Index Record. Here’s How Locals Are Coping

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson speaks with local vendor Michael S. Thompson who sells honey. Credit: Alex Wroblewski/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Logan Square Farmers Market Gets Visit From Mayor, More Space To Spread Out After ‘Cruel Threat’ To Cancel

Emily Barrueta takes the temperature of her five-year-old son, Jean Marcus, who was battling a 102.9 degree fever on Aug. 30, 2023. Nearly 200 asylum seekers have been spending the night at the 12th District police station in Pilsen. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: One Year After First Migrant Buses Sent To Chicago, City Still Unprepared To Tackle Crisis: ‘There Is No Over For This’

The abandoned Jewel-Osco at 115th Street along the Major Taylor Trail in Morgan Park on May 10, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Chicago’s ‘Migrant Camps’ Will Be Modeled After New York City’s Tent Shelters

Mayor Brandon Johnson holds media availability at City Hall on Aug. 2, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety
Ald. Chris Taliaferro (29th) speaks to Mayor Brandon Johnson at a City Council meeting on Sept. 14, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Chicago Approves $33 Million In Federal Funds For Migrant Shelters, Services

Read more: Plan To Hike Real Estate Transfer Tax To Fund Homelessness Prevention Moves Forward

State party chairs and executive directors visit United Center as part of their preview ahead of the 2024 Democratic National Convention in Chicago on Sept. 12, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Democratic National Convention Won’t Be Impacted By Chicago’s Migrant Crisis, Delegates Say

Hundreds celebrate Mexican Independence Day near the Chicago Theatre Downtown despite the city’s efforts to close traffic to Downtown on Sept. 16, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: City’s Last-Minute Street Closures Didn’t Stop Mexican Independence Day Celebrations Downtown

Four stars adorn his uniform after Larry Snelling was unanimously confirmed as Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department by City Council on Sept. 27, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Larry Snelling Confirmed As Next Chicago Police Superintendent

Mayor Brandon Johnson speaks after a City Council meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023. At the press conference, the Mayor said he planned to visit the US border. Credit: Jim Vondruska/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Mayor Plans To Visit Southern US Border ‘Soon’ To Assess Migrant Crisis

Mayor Brandon Johnson gave his budget address for the 2024 fiscal year to City Council on Oct. 11, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Mayor Johnson’s Budget Plan Calls For Reopening Dept. Of Environment, Some Mental Health Clinics

Ongoing outbursts caused the audience to be cleared out as a special City Council meeting was called to consider, and eventually pass after protest and long debate, a resolution by Ald. Debra Silverstein (50th) “condemning Hamas' attack on Israel” on Oct. 13, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Chicago City Council Affirms Support For Israel At Contentious Meeting

939 W. Lake St., a temporary asylum seeker shelter site in West Loop on Oct. 17, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: City Paying Well More Than Typical Rent For Migrant Shelter Buildings — And Keeping Details Secret

The bus and shuttle station at O’Hare International Airport has been converted to a temporary shelter for asylum seekers, as seen on Oct. 18, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: More Than 3,400 Migrants Have Been Flown Into Chicago Since June, City Data Shows

Chicago Police respond as Ald. Julia Ramirez (12th) (center) is allegedly assaulted as Brighton Park neighbors gathered in protest at the site of a proposed migrant tent camp at 38th Street and California Avenue on Oct. 19, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Alderwoman ‘Attacked’ At Protest Over Brighton Park Migrant Tent Camp

A resident decries the planned tent camp for asylum seekers at 38th Street and California Avenue in Brighton Park during a community meeting hosted by Ald. Julia Ramirez (12th) and city officials at Kelly High School on Oct. 24, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Neighbors Clash With City Officials Over Plan To House 2,000 Migrants At Brighton Park Tent Camp

Asylum seekers await shelter from the cold temperatures in tents outside the Chicago Police Department’s 2nd District station in Fuller Park on Oct. 30, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety
Carlo, an asylum seeker, holds a sign asking for a job on Pulaski Road as asylum seekers await shelter in tents during the first snowfall of the year outside the Chicago Police Department’s 17th District station in Albany Park on Oct. 31, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety
Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th) speaks about the city’s plan to build a migrant tent camp at the vacant Jewel-Osco at 115th and Halsted streets at a City Council meeting on Nov. 1, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Migrants Sleep Outside In Frigid Temps As City Council Squabbles About What To Do Next

Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36th) and West Town residents and organizations hosted a press conference on public safety in Ukrainian Village on Nov. 1, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: West Town Neighbors Demand Meeting With Mayor, Top Cop As Robberies Continue

Ald. Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez (33rd) and Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th) look on as Ald. Feliz Cardona Jr. (31st) speaks on his experience with Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th) amid moves to censure him during a City Council meeting on Nov. 7, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety
The lights were turned off during a hectic City Council Rules committee meeting that was recessed after members of the public continued to interrupt on Nov. 7, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa Narrowly Avoids Censure At Another Chaotic Council Meeting

Mayor Brandon Johnson hugs an organizer as he arrives to speak while dozens rally for the Bring Chicago Home resolution outside the Thompson Center before a City Council meeting on Nov. 7, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Bring Chicago Home Heads To Chicago Voters After Council Passage Tuesday

Protest signs are attached to the fence as construction crews begin to build the winterized tent camp for migrants on the vacant lot at 37th Street and California Avenue in Brighton Park on Nov. 29, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: City Moves Migrants Out Of Some Police Stations As Winterized Camp Construction Begins

Large tents and construction material remains on Dec. 6, 2023 at the site where the city planned to build a migrant tent encampment at 38th and California in Brighton Park. The state stopped the plans on Tuesday. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: State Says No Tent Camp For Migrants On Contaminated Brighton Park Site

Ald. Monique Scott (24th), Mayor Brandon Johnson and various officials partake in the groundbreaking ceremony for Grace Manor Apartments, a 65-unit affordable housing development at 3400 W. Ogden Ave., in North Lawndale on Dec. 11, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Grace Manor, $40 Million Affordable Housing Project, Breaks Ground In North Lawndale

Migrants sleep inside, surrounded by personal items, at the 12th District Chicago Police station in Pilsen — which is the last in the city to house migrants, on Dec. 14, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Migrants At Last Police Station Want Jobs, Not A Spot In City Shelters: ‘Just Give Us Work’

Several unhoused people carry their belongings into an alley while the viaduct they live under is powerwashed. Credit: Melody Mercado, Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Downtown Alderman Says He Asked Mayor’s Office For Help — And Was Told He’d Get It In Return For Votes

Read more: Downtown Encampment Cleanings ‘A Big Step Forward’ After Months Of Problems, Alderman Says

A candlelit vigil for Five-year-old Jean Carlos Martinez Rivero, is held across the street outside a migrant shelter in the 2300 block of South Halsted Street on Chicago on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2023. Martinez Rivero was staying at and died at the shelter. Credit: Alex Wroblewski/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: At Vigil for 5-Year-Old Migrant Boy, Volunteers Warn Against More ‘Predictable’ Deaths

Read more: Death Of 5-Year-Old Migrant Boy Under Investigation As City Reaches ‘Critical Point’ In Crisis

Newly arrived migrants seek warmth in CTA warming buses at the “landing zone” in the South Loop as they await placement in a shelter on Jan. 2, 2024. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Some Newly Arrived Migrants Are Sleeping In City Buses While Waiting For Shelter Space

Read more: Hundreds Of Migrants Sleeping In CTA Buses As City Braces For Winter Storm

A few dozen migrants were temporarily relocated to the basement floor of the Harold Washington Library amid frigid temperatures on Jan. 15, 2024. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Migrants At ‘Landing Zone’ Moved To Harold Washington Library Amid Subzero Temperatures

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson speaks at a press conference after the City Council meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024. Credit: Jim Vondruska/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Dollar Store Crackdown Delayed, But Fight To Hold Shops Accountable Isn’t Over

Officials and faith leaders stare at the ground to find their name tag at a press conference about further extending the migrant shelter eviction deadline at City Hall on Jan. 29, 2024. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Mayor Pushes Migrant Shelter Evictions To Spring After Backlash

Supporters of Palestine took to Daley Plaza to celebrate after Chicago City Council becoming the largest U.S. city to pass a resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza on Jan. 31, 2024. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety
Both an Israeli and Palestine flag are held during a City Council meeting where a vote to call for ceasefire in Gaza was considered on Jan. 31, 2024. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Chicago City Council Calls For Ceasefire In Gaza — With Mayor Johnson Casting Tiebreaking Vote

Chicagoans attending a panel discussion with city officials and the CEO of Shot Spotter at St. Sabina hold up anti-shot spotter signs. Tensions are high as the city closes in on the end of their contract with Shot Spotter on Feb. 8, 2024. Credit: Jim Vondruska/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: ShotSpotter CEO, Public Safety Leaders Clash With Activists As City’s Contract Set To Expire

CTA President Dorval Carter fields questions from the City Council transportation committee on Feb. 27, 2024. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: As CTA Struggles, Transit Boss Hopes For System To Rival London, Paris

People stand and walk outside the Pilsen shelter for new arrivals, 2241 S. Halsted St., on March 12, 2024. There have been multiple cases of measles reported at the migrant shelter in the past week. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: 3 More Measles Cases Found At Pilsen Migrant Shelter, Health Officials Say

Read more: CDC Team In Chicago To Help With Measles Outbreak, Officials Say

Read more: Confusion, Lack Of Information At Migrant Shelters As Evictions Begin Sunday

Chicagoans cast their votes on Primary Election Day at the Loop Supersite, 191 N. Clark St., in the Loop on March 19, 2024. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: ‘Shockingly Low’ Voter Turnout So Far In Chicago, Officials Say

Read more: Bring Chicago Home Advocates, Mayor Vow To Keep Fighting For Homelessness Prevention

Sendy Soto, Chicago’s first Chief Homelessness Officer, with Mayor Brandon Johnson at the ribbon cutting for the Lawson House Apartments, with over 400 affordable units, in Gold Coast on April 1, 2024. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Chicago’s 1st Chief Homelessness Officer Will Be Sendy Soto

Jason Lee, senior adviser, speaks with Mayor Brandon Johnson at the special City Council meeting calling for the removal of Ald. Byron Sigcho Lopez (25th) as chair of Housing and Real Estate committee on April 1, 2024. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety
Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th) speaks at the special City Council meeting calling for his censure on April 1, 2024. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety
Members of RevCom burn an American flag outside City Hall on April 1, 2024 an hour before a special City Council meeting where alderpeople are calling for the censure of Ald. Sigcho Lopez (25th) for recently speaking at a rally where a flag was burnt by a veteran. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Pilsen Alderman Faces Calls To Resign Committee Chair Position Amid Protest Backlash

Read more: Pilsen Alderman Keeps City Council Committee Chair Position After Vote To Oust Him Fails

Mayor Brandon Johnson is interviewed by Ecoglobalsociety reporter Quinn Myers in River North on April 2, 2024 before the one year anniversary of his election. The photo was made on 35mm film. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety
Mayor Brandon Johnson is interviewed by Ecoglobalsociety reporter Quinn Myers in River North on April 2, 2024 before the one year anniversary of his election. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Mayor Brandon Johnson, 1 Year After Election: ‘Name One Thing … I Haven’t Done’

Porscha Banks, sister of Dexter Reed, confronts Chicago Police officers as dozens took to the street while calling for accountability following the fatal police shooting of Reed while outside the 11th Police District in East Garfield Park on April 9, 2024. Reed shot a Chicago Police officer on March 21, 2024 during a traffic stop and was fatally shot as police fired 96 shots fired in return, the city's police watchdog said. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Dexter Reed Shot Cop Before Officers Returned Fire 96 Times, Watchdog Says As Video Released (NO VIDEO IN STORY)

Read more: On Block Where Dexter Reed Was Killed, Neighbors Describe Strained Relationship With Police

Read more: Cops Who Shot At Dexter Reed 96 Times Were Being Investigated For Another Traffic Stop: Watchdog

Mayor Brandon Johnson after annoucing his “Cut the Tape” plan to make housing and development more efficient at the Chicago Cultural Center on April 5, 2024. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety
A booklet details the 100 recommendations to make housing and commercial development more efficient that Mayor Brandon Johnson announced, called “Cut the Tape,” at the Chicago Cultural Center on April 5, 2024. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Mayor Plans To Boost Housing, Business Development By Cutting Red Tape

Soldier Field, the South Parking Lot and the Chicago skyline as seen from above on April 24, 2024. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Mayor Brandon Johnson Is All In On Proposed $4.7 Billion Bears Stadium — And Thinks You Should Be, Too

Edith Huesca carries her son’s Chicago flag as hundreds of police officers, officials, family and supporters gathered for the funeral of slain CPD Officer Luis M. Huesca at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel in Ashburn on April 29, 2024. Huesca was fatally shot while heading home still in uniform on April 21, 2024. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Mayor Johnson Won’t Attend Officer Luis Huesca’s Funeral After Family Tells Him To Stay Away

Mayor Brandon Johnson at the groundbreaking of the Thompson Center renovations as the building is transformed Google’s Chicago Headquarters on May 6, 2024. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety
Mayor Brandon Johnson and Governor JB Pritzker sign a glass panel at the groundbreaking of the Thompson Center renovations as the building is transformed Google’s Chicago Headquarters on May 6, 2024. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Thompson Center’s Transformation Into Google’s Chicago Headquarters Begins

Mayor Brandon Johnson poses for a portrait at Kelvyn Park High School in Hermosa on May 7, 2024. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety
Mayor Brandon Johnson tours Kelvyn Park High School with Principal Keith Adams and Ald. Feliz Cardona Jr. (31st) in Hermosa on May 7, 2024. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

Read more: Mayor Brandon Johnson Pushes Education Agenda With ‘Urgency’ During First Year In Office


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