The donadtion – the largest corporate gift in United Way of Metro Chicago’s history – will be used to help implement Austin’s quality of life plan and to support social service infrastructure and development in the city’s most-populated community area. The investment was announced last week at an event hosted by Mayor Lori Lightfoot and attended by several local elected officials.
Monday’s push for more local, state and federal funding comes just a few days after Austin Congressman Danny K. Davis’ teenage grandson was buried. He is one of the 700-some people killed in Chicago so far this year.
West Side residents, leaders who met last week at the 15th District police headquarters said city officials have to get serious about economic development or residents will continue to flock to Oak Park to eat, shop.