“Declaring that “deliberate policy choices made in decades past by people in power in this town” have impoverished much of the South and West sides, Mayor Lori Lightfoot today laid out an extensive—and, in part, controversial—agenda as to how she intends to reverse that inequity.

Included: raising the Chicago minimum wage to $15 an hour “by 2021,” forming a citizen panel with the power to oversee and fire the police superintendent and other top safety officials, reducing fines and fees that often hit low-income minority people hard and abolishing “aldermanic prerogatives”—all of them—including power over local zoning decisions.”

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