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Neighborhood Development

Mayor Lightfoot is focused on creating inclusive economic growth across all of Chicago’s 77 communities and reversing the trend of historic disinvestment faced on our South and West sides.

The Lightfoot Administration:

  • Launched the INVEST South/West Initiative in 2019, which has accrued more than $1.4 billion in public and private investments. The Initiative aims to revitalize 10 historic South and West Side communities that have been neglected for far too long. 
  • In partnership with the City Council, addressed rapid development and gentrification to prevent the displacement of long-time residents by revising the Affordable Requirements Ordinance. The ordinance creates much-needed affordable housing across the city and helps address the legacy of racial segregation. 
  • Helped working families by establishing the Utility Billing Relief Program. Some 17,000 low-income homeowners have enrolled in the program to aid them in reducing their debt burdens of costs tied to their water, sewer, and water-sewer tax. Mayor Lightfoot has extended the program indefinitely.
  • Invested in a $3.7 billion Chicago Works plan to improve infrastructure in all 77 neighborhoods and create jobs for Chicagoans. Chicago Works’ investments include repaving some 165 miles of streets and alleys, 6,000 ADA-compliant curb cuts, 1,950 new streetlight poles/wiring, as well as bridges, bikeways and firehouses.

Paid for by Lightfoot for Chicago.

A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board’s official website (www.elections.il.gov) or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois.