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Ald. Jeanette Taylor Recovering At Home After Testing Positive For COVID-19

Taylor, who tested positive last week, missed Tuesday's Obama Center groundbreaking and the Sept. 14 City Council meeting.

Ald. Jeanette B. Taylor (20th) speaks at a City Council meeting June 25, 2021.
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WOODLAWN — South Side Ald. Jeanette Taylor (20th) is recovering from coronavirus after experiencing symptoms for a couple of weeks.

Taylor tested positive Sept. 20 and is resting at home, she confirmed to Block Club Tuesday afternoon. Flu-like symptoms caused the alderwoman — who represents portions of Woodlawn, Washington Park, Englewood and Back of the Yards — to miss the Sept. 14 City Council meeting as well as Tuesday’s groundbreaking of the Obama Presidential Center, she said.

Taylor was vaccinated in March, according to the Hyde Park Herald. She initially hesitated to get the vaccine, in part because of past mistreatment by the health care system, but changed her mind and got her shot after her hairdresser contracted coronavirus, she told the Herald.

The first-term alderwoman has supported residents’ efforts to secure housing protections for Woodlawn and other community benefits ahead of the Obama Presidential Center’s arrival. Taylor and Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) sat out an April press conference announcing prep work near the Obama Center site.

“The mayor’s office needs to get on board” with 20th Ward residents’ desires for construction jobs related to the center and better communication from city officials, Taylor said at the time.

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