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Lightfoot’s $12.5M Gasoline Transit Card Giveaway Squeaks Through City Council
Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s plan to use a $12.5 million gas and transit giveaway to see and raise mayoral challenger Willie Wilson has city council cringing today .
The vote was 26 to 23. It was the closest shave to Lightfoot’s three-plus-year tenure.
Aldus. Ray Lopez (15th) was one of the “no”. He and Wilson have already joined what is expected to be a tight race for mayor aimed at forcing Lightfoot out of politics after just one term.
Ahead of the final vote, Lightfoot made an impassioned plea for the giveaway that she claims is desperately needed to help “hurt” the people of Chicago.
Opposition to the plan she calls “Chicago Moves” forced Lightfoot to make several adjustments just to get it through the committee.
The income cap for eligibility has been lowered, and three-quarters of the $7.5 million in gas cards will be reserved for southern and western neighborhoods defined by the city as “high-mobility community areas.” “. The eligibility area was further widened on Wednesday.
The rest will be distributed through citywide lotteries “in equal shares to each neighborhood,” officials said.
The cards will go to rolling lottery winners starting in May and will continue in four more monthly waves.
Fran Spielman has more on the gas and transit card giveaway here.
More news you need
- A monk at Marmion Academy in Aurora has been accused of sexually abusing a former student, police say. Joseph J. Charron, 66, faces eight counts of sexual abuse and assault for having nonconsensual sexual contact with the student before and after graduation, police said from Aurora.
- Police are investigating two other attacks on Chicago Transit Authority Red Line trains, including one that allegedly injured a local actor, amid an apparent increase in transit violence. CBS Chicago reported that actor Will Clinger, former host of WTTW’s “Wild Chicago” and current host of “Wild Travels,” was in intensive care after Monday night’s attack.
- Newly appointed Ald. Nicole Lee (11th) chose her side today in the bitter battle to redraw ward boundaries based on 2020 census results. Lee became the 34th councilman to support the map drafted for the Rules Committee and Black Caucus by Mike Kasper, instead of the Latino Caucus map.
- In other City Council news, Mayor Lightfoot’s nomination of Deborah Witzburg as Chicago’s new Inspector General has been unanimously approved. The city has been without a permanent watchdog for nearly eight months – since longtime Inspector General Joe Ferguson jumped in to avoid being kicked out by Lightfoot.
- And finally, Sun-Times staffers won three major awards at the National Headliner Awards, which “honor the best journalism in the United States.” It is a work made possible thanks to the support of our subscribers and the city that we are honored to serve.
Carol Burnett happy to have this moment with her fans
Carol Burnett turned 89 yesterday and she’ll be celebrating on the road with her solo show, ‘An Evening of Laughter and Reflection’, which arrives at the Chicago Theater tomorrow.
The iconic comedian/actress – whose accolades include Golden Globes, Emmys, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Mark Twain Award for American Humor, a Peabody Award, Kennedy Center Honor, Grammy Award and more. – still does what she has loved doing for almost 70 years: making people laugh.
“It’s the same kind of show I did – 90 minutes of Q&A interspersed with various clips from my shows. You just turn on the lights and people raise their hands and I call someone. C ‘is playing without a net,” Burnett said with a laugh during a recent phone conversation with our Miriam Di Nunzio. “It keeps the old gray matter going.”
Her career has always been about laughing and making people forget about the cares of the day, Burnett said. It’s a responsibility she never took lightly.
“Someone once asked me what I wanted my legacy to be and I said maybe it was just that I made people laugh when they needed it,” Burnett said.
“It also gives me joy. It’s reciprocal. It makes me happy that people laugh. It gives me a new breath of life.
Di Nunzio has more of his interview with Burnett here.
From the press gallery
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Yesterday we asked you: what’s the first sign of spring in Chicago?
Here’s what some of you said…
“Snow in the birdbath.” — Kelly Beall
“The smell of the grill on this day of random above average temperature. Followed by well below average weather the next day. —Amy Klod Boyle
“All the folding chairs are put away.” — Laura Canales
“The first sight of the Red Cardinal!” Spring is definitely near. Guaranteed!” —La Verne Smith Bell
“Opening of Mario’s Italian lemonade stand.” —Mickey Carioscia
“The potholes become mini swimming pools.” —Carol Wortel
“Tearing down last year’s work on the Jane Byrne and starting over.” —Steve Brumfield
“Cherry Blossoms in Hyde Park and Tulips on Michigan Ave.” —Robert Soltan
“Sounds of landscaping in the morning.” —Anita D’Agostino-Francis
“When the lawn starts to turn green and the tulips start to bloom beautiful colors everywhere.” —Drusilla Watkins
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