Greising: Mayor Lightfoot Can Reverse Chicago’s Poor Record on Fire Safety

The city’s most vulnerable residents need someone in government to protect them from fire dangers. Mayor Lori Lightfoot could make critical changes that would save lives.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

BGA President David Greising writes every other week for the Chicago Tribune Opinion section.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot broke ground Wednesday for the new Bronzeville Winery, a Black-owned business, that is set to open this summer.

It wouldn’t have happened without a Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Grant. And that program is part of the mayor’s Invest South/West initiative that promises $750 million in economic development investment in 10 targeted neighborhoods by 2022.

Lightfoot said she gets criticized for over-investing in the neighborhoods.

“Here’s what I think about that, and here’s what I do know,” Lightfoot said. “If not me, then who? If not on my watch, then when?”

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