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Chicago’s New Mayor Wants State Help in Tackling Fiscal Woes

  • Lightfoot wants to avoid raising property taxes on residents
  • Mayor supports legalizing and taxing marijuana, Chicago casino
Lori Lightfoot

Lori Lightfoot

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

With days left in Illinois’s regular legislative session, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is pressing the cash-strapped state for help with the city’s financial challenges.

Chicago has to generate more revenue, Lightfoot told a standing-room-only-crowd at the City Club of Chicago on Tuesday, noting that the city needs to work with the state and the federal governments. She said she supports the legalization and taxation of recreational marijuana as a revenue source, and her team is also “working hard” to advance a plan that creates a Chicago casino.