Lightfoot Says COVID-Related Budget Hole Is 'Sobering'

Steve Miller
June 09, 2020 - 3:29 pm
Chicago City Hall

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Lightfoot on Tuesday said the city’s budget shortfall this year will be close to $700 million because of COVID-19’s effect on the Chicago economy.

“That’s a sobering number, and it presents a sobering challenge, any way you look at it,” Lightfoot said as the city announce a slew of summer-event cancellations.

Raising property taxes and city government layoffs are on the table, but she says those are the last tools she would use.

On police, Lightfoot said a proposal to license officers at the state level should be given serious consideration. Proponents of the idea say it would be a way to hold bad cops accountable if they’re being protected at the local level.

Lightfoot said the threat from COVID is still around and that’s why it makes no sense to hold large public gatherings like Lollapalooza.

“We might as well light ourselves on fire,” she said.

Navy Pier is reopening, but Mayor Lightfoot was quick to point out: only the restaurants.