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WTTW: Lightfoot Uses 2023 Budget to Tout Progressive Credentials as She Gears Up for Challenges from All Sides

Heather Cherone, Oct 11, 2022

Mayor Lori Lightfoot won a commanding victory in the 2019 race for Chicago mayor after campaigning on a progressive political platform that vowed to remake the city, but she will run for re-election after having spent nearly her entire term at odds with Chicago’s progressive political community.

With less than five months before Chicago voters will decide whether to make her the first woman to be re-elected as mayor, Lightfoot has touted her $16.4 billion budget for 2023 as the best way build on what she says are her progressive accomplishments.

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WTTW: New Report Finds At Least 65,000 People Experiencing Homelessness in Chicago

Eunice Alpasan, Oct 5, 2022

recent report by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless found at least 65,000 people were experiencing homelessness in the city in 2020, which includes those who temporarily stayed with others in addition to people living in shelters and on the street.

Statewide, nearly 40,000 Illinois public school students experienced homelessness and nearly 110,000 Illinois residents experienced homelessness by temporarily staying with others. 

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WTTW: Housing Advocates Stage Tent Encampment in City Hall During Mayor’s Budget Address

Nick Blumberg, Oct 3, 2022

Chanting “Housing is a human right! Lightfoot will not stop our fight!” and “Lo-ri! We’re calling on you!” anti-homelessness activists staged a tent city in the lobby of City Hall to demand a dedicated funding stream for subsidized housing and a suite of human services, just as Mayor Lori Lightfoot delivered her yearly budget address in City Council chambers Monday morning.

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CBS Chicago: Protesters stage ‘tent city’ inside Chicago City Hall, demanding more resources for the homeless

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Just as Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was delivering her budget address, protesters gathered inside City Hall demanding more money to fight homelessness.

Activists staged a "tent city" in the lobby of City Hall. The group said Mayor Lightfoot's plan to use federal dollars to address homelessness won't work in the long run.

"The solution is housing people. The solution is creating more homes. The solution is helping to prevent more homelessness and dedicating even more funds to do so," said 49th Ward Alderman Maria Hadden.

The group is calling on the city to raise the real estate transfer tax on high-end property sales, using that money to invest in affordable housing and services for the homeless.

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We Demand Better: A citywide housing forum

May 4 forum will call on the city to create safe, stable housing.

Bring Chicago Home, in partnership with Right to Recovery and BCH steering committee members, will host a virtual citywide housing forum, We Demand Better.

Join us Tuesday, May 4 at 5:30pm to demand that our city does more to create safe, stable housing for all. The event will be hosted on Zoom and streamed live on the Bring Chicago Home Facebook page. Register here.  

The city will receive $1.9 billion in discretionary funds through the American Rescue Plan. Mayor Lightfoot spent over 60% of flexible funding from the CARES Act on policing, and is now proposing that nearly half of the incoming flexible funding is spent on the city’s debt rather than on what residents need. Meanwhile, nearly 77,000 people are experiencing homelessness in Chicago. We are demanding better.

Bring Chicago Home (BCH) is a coalition comprised of people experiencing homelessness and community, policy, and direct-service organizations dedicated to addressing homelessness in Chicago. 

We Demand Better is hosted in partnership with Right to RecoveryChicago Coalition for the Homeless, Communities UnitedJewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA)ONE NorthsideThe Rebirth of Greater Roseland, and United Working Families.

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