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    Mayor Lori Lightfoot (left) and budget committee chair Ald. Pat Dowell (3)

    A growing chorus of aldermen and organizers are pushing for the City Council and Mayor Lori Lightfoot to begin doling out the windfall of federal cash the city has received from the American Rescue Plan Act, saying the city needs all the help it can get to quell the surge of summer violence gripping the city. But Lightfoot and a powerful committee chair are urging patience, saying they need time to crowdsource the best use of the funds.

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