Best of 2021: News

My top ten favorite news photos of 2021. It was a long and difficult year. I don’t usually separate news and sports, but it was too difficult to edit such a busy year down to just ten total photos. Here are the sports favorites:

Jorrell Glass, owner of Prestige Signature Barbershop in the Twin Towers Mall in Downtown Peoria, shows off his homemade tie, a one-of-a kind accessory he created while making face masks during the COVID-19 quarantine. Glass owned another Prestige shop in the Northwoods Mall until the pandemic forced its closure. He also teaches barbering at Peoria Public Schools’ Woodruff Career & Technical Center.
Miss Heart of Illinois Fair Queen Isabella Rivero, left, 17, of Canton, Miss Jr. Heart of Illinois Fair Queen Kaitlyn Glover, middle, 12, and her friend Annie Pollard, 19, both of Peoria take a spin aboard the Pharaoh’s Fury swinging boat ride Saturday, July 17, 2021 at the Heart of Illinois Fair at Expo Gardens in Peoria.
Grade-schoolers use their backpacks to keep the pouring rain off as they head to their buses after school Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at Hines Elementary School in Peoria.
Pam Tomka pulls a frame buzzing with hundreds of honey bees at her property in unincorporated Washington. Tomka and her husband Bob took up beekeeping about five years ago and hope to convince Washington officials to allow beekeeping within city limits.
A stray kitten makes its displeasure known to Heather Leman of Cats of Woodford County after Leman and Eryn Pearson rescued a litter from underneath a deck on a home in Roanoke. Pearson, a Woodford County deputy, has created Cats of Woodford County, a nonprofit group aimed at rescuing the burgeoning stray cat population in the county.
Chicago White Sox pennants, photos, signs, buttons and all manner of other tchotchkes and collectibles line the walls and shelves at Dale’s Barber Shop in Lacon. Barber and Sox superfan Dale Bruda sits in a trio of stadium seats pulled from the old Comiskey Park. Two of the seats are tied up for social distancing purposes.
Reese, a 4-year-old Chihuahua, howls at friends and foe alike from atop the roof of his owner’s East Bluff home. The tiny dog has taken a liking to the view from above and can often be found hanging out on the roof.
Nick Brown of the Quad Cities and Heather Wamsley of Davenport create some giant bubbles as they take a moe. concert Friday, Aug. 20, 2021 during the Summer Camp Music Festival at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe.
Richwoods High School graduate Arwen Bullock hugs her boyfriend Isaac Bushnell as graduates greet their friends and families after the ceremony Saturday, May 15, 2021 outside the school.
Ari Catton, 2, of Peoria surveys her snowy surroundings while visiting the sledding hills at Bradley Park on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021 in Peoria.

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