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How some Chicago aldermen are spending their $100,000 ‘microgrants’ | Govt-and-politics
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How some Chicago aldermen are spending their $100,000 ‘microgrants’ | Govt-and-politics

ALICE YIN Chicago Tribune When Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot rolled out her 2022 budget, she offered each alderman a $100,000 sweetener to spend in their wards virtually however they please.Nine months into the year, some of their priorities are coming to light: Emergency shelter for people without housing, private security to augment police, voter “mobilization,” a new ward website, youth mentoring, trees and outreach to residents on “what makes them feel safe and unsafe” are among areas where the money is going.Freshman North Side Ald. Andre Vasquez is spending $23,000 for a new 40th Ward website. He also paid $15,000 to an advocacy group to engage residents about their perceptions of how safe they are and “think through” public safety solutions that ...