Streetwise: Right to Recovery Coalition Challenges Mayor’s Budget

By Suzanne Hanney

The Right to Recovery Coalition would agree with Mayor Lori Lightfoot that $1.9 billion of feder COVID relief is “a once-in-a-generation amount of money for a once-in-a-generation crisis.” 

Lightfoot wants to use to half the American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds in her FY2022 budget to pay down debt, but 13 members of the 50-member Chicago City Council would use it all to alleviate poverty in the wake of the pandemic.