Lightfoot proposes $500 monthly cash assistance for 5,000 Chicago households hurt by pandemic

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is proposing $500 monthly cash assistance for for 5,000 Chicago households hurt by pandemic.

Lightfoot said Monday “This cash benefit plan for our residents, if approved, will be the largest in the history of the United States.”

Per the Chicago Tribune:

The plan will include $500 per month payments for 5,000 households for 12 months, according to the city’s Budget Department, and will “be focused on very low-income residents who have been economically hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

More details weren’t immediately available. The proposal will need to be approved by City Council.

Former Lightfoot floor leader Ald. Gilbert Villegas, who’s considered a potential mayoral challenger in 2023, has been pushing a similar idea. He criticized the Lightfoot administration for being slow to introduce a plan.

“Imitation is the greatest form of flattery,” Villegas tweeted. “We could have been halfway through the pilot and helping families in need of assistance.”