Mayor Lightfoot is working to bring equity and opportunity to every neighborhood and community in Chicago.
- In her first year in office, Mayor Lightfoot and the City Council increased Chicago’s minimum wage to $15 and eliminated exemptions that allowed young workers and workers with disabilities to be paid a subminimum wage.
- Chicago became home to the most robust scheduling requirements for workers in the nation after Mayor Lightfoot spearheaded the passage of the Fair Workweek Ordinance. This legislation ensures that Chicago’s working families have greater work schedule and financial stability.
- Mayor Lightfoot ended driver’s licenses suspensions for non-driving violations and created new affordable payment plans for residents.
- Mayor Lightfoot believes that water is a basic human right. That’s why she 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.
- The Mayor’s administration also created a rental and mortgage relief program to provide grants up to $3,300 for residents.
- Invested $35 million in the expedited housing initiative to house 2,550 by September 2022.
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