Mayor Lightfoot is working to bring equity and opportunity to every neighborhood and community in Chicago.
- To date, the Mayor has:
- Increased Chicago’s minimum wage to $15, and eliminated exemptions that allowed young workers and workers with disabilities to be paid a subminimum wage.
- Released the “Blueprint for Fair Housing,” a five-year plan to address housing segregation. Under Mayor Lightfoot, Chicago has invested $1 billion in affordable housing–the largest investment the city has ever seen.
- Championed the most robust scheduling requirements for workers in the nation, spearheading the passage of the Fair Workweek Ordinance. This legislation ensures that hundreds of thousands of hourly workers in Chicago have greater work scheduling and financial stability, allowing them to plan for education, childcare and eldercare, and other needs.
- Directed $170 million to curb housing insecurity for renters and landlords affected by the pandemic.
- Ended city water shutoffs for non-payment and launched the Utility Billing relief program to provide discounted water-sewer bills and utility debt forgiveness to Chicagoans in need and help ensure that water is a basic human right.
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