Chicago task force releases roadmap to economic recovery
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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