Mayor Lori Lightfoot directed some tough words toward Chicago’s business community on the night of her knockout April 2019 election victory, claiming the cozy deals between wealthy interests and City Hall were a thing of the past.
“We will put the interests of our people, all of our people, ahead of the interests of the powerful few,” Lightfoot said.
But transforming campaign rhetoric into effective action has not proven easy.
Shortly after her election, city council approved a $900M, 168-acre tax increment financing district designed under her predecessor for Sterling Bay’s Lincoln Yards, a proposed development sandwiched between the North Side neighborhoods of Lincoln Park and Bucktown. The council also approved a
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