Chicago task force releases roadmap to economic recovery

  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot listens as former White House Chief of Staff Sam Skinner, co-chairman of the city's COVID-19 Recovery Task Force, discusses the task force's "Forward Together, Building a Stronger Chicago" report on Thursday during a news conference at the South Shore Cultural Center.

    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot listens as former White House Chief of Staff Sam Skinner, co-chairman of the city's COVID-19 Recovery Task Force, discusses the task force's "Forward Together, Building a Stronger Chicago" report on Thursday during a news conference at the South Shore Cultural Center. Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times

 
 
Updated 7/9/2020 6:46 PM

Mayor Lori Lightfoot vowed Thursday to lead a "second Chicago renaissance" -- by following a roadmap to recovery from the economic devastation created by the coronavirus pandemic and the stay-at-home shutdown it triggered.

Lightfoot said the pandemic and the systemic vulnerabilities that forced Black and Hispanic Chicagoans to bear the brunt of it provide a "once in a generation opportunity" to create a "new economic model based on dynamic, inclusive growth."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

She promised to seize that opportunity by following the blueprint she proudly unveiled during a highly-orchestrated news conference -- complete with videos -- fit for a task force with more than 200 members and contributors.

"If we do this right -- and I'm committed to making sure that we do -- this will be the kind of transformation that, generations from now, we'll be talking about as the second Chicago renaissance. … If we do this right, people are gonna be coming to Chicago to say, `What happened? How did the Chicago renaissance start?'" the mayor said.

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