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Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot released the following statement as City Council approved the Lincoln Yards development and police and fire training academy passed in City Council today. Lightfoot has previously opposed both proposals, citing concerns about the process.

“As I have said repeatedly, the City Council should have delayed the approval of the Lincoln Yards development and police and fire training academy until the next term, and should not have moved one step forward without an explanation of the effects on population density, schools, traffic, and a number of other factors.

“Our communities need answers. We need a seat at the table. And when we spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on new developments, we need to use these investments as opportunities for community engagement and equitable economic growth. As mayor, I’ll leave the top-down planning and rushed approval processes in the past and move forward in a totally different, inclusive, new way.”