Mayor of Chicago proposes $500 monthly payments for a year to 5,000 families

by: Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot pitched a pilot program Monday giving $500 monthly payments to 5,000 low-income households, part of the city’s proposed $16.7 billion spending plan that relies on an infusion of federal relief funds to close budget gaps for several years. Lightfoot, a first-term Democrat, characterized the proposed $31.5 million cash assistance program as a way to help “hard-hit, low-income households in need of

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