Lightfoot Criticized For Spending $218.5 Million In Federal COVID-19 Aid On Chicago Police

Ald. Daniel La Spata last summer called on the mayor to spend federal coronavirus dollars on housing and other assistance programs — not police.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot appears at a press conference on Thursday, Feb. 4. Some aldermen and activists are slamming the mayor for spending COVID-19 federal relief funds on policing. Manuel Martinez / WBEZ
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot appears at a press conference on Thursday, Feb. 4. Some aldermen and activists are slamming the mayor for spending COVID-19 federal relief funds on policing. Manuel Martinez / WBEZ

Lightfoot Criticized For Spending $218.5 Million In Federal COVID-19 Aid On Chicago Police

Ald. Daniel La Spata last summer called on the mayor to spend federal coronavirus dollars on housing and other assistance programs — not police.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot is facing criticism from activists and some aldermen for her handling of federal COVID-19 relief funds. The city reportedly spent $281.5 million in federal aid on personnel costs for the Chicago Police Department.

Reset brings on Alderman Daniel La Spata for more on this issue.

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