Chicago Announcements May 25, 2021

  • Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced she will promote Sybil Madison, currently the city’s deputy mayor for education and human services, to become the mayor’s next chief of staff. Madison will take over on June 2 for Maurice Classen, who has been chief of staff since Lightfoot came into office in 2019. The mayor separately announced that Paul Goodrich will become the city’s next chief operating officer next Tuesday, June 1. Goodrich, who previously owned a finance consulting firm, will be responsible for overseeing "infrastructure, transportation, regulatory and municipal administrative services” in the city under his new role, according to the mayor’s office.
  • Lightfoot on Monday touted the opening of applications for the next round of the city’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which will distribute $79.8 million in federally sourced grants to people who have fallen behind on rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to qualify, renters must be able to prove that they live in Chicago, earn below-average income and have “suffered a hardship” due to the pandemic. Renters and landlords have until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8 to apply online or call a Chicago Department of Housing hotline at 312-698-0202. 
  • Starting on Wednesday, Cook County Health will distribute 15,000 tickets to Six Flags Great America to anyone who shows up for a vaccine at a county-run site, the health system announced Monday. The county administers mass vaccination sites in Des Plaines, River Grove, Forest Park, Tinley Park, South Holland and Matteson, plus multiple mobile and community sites across the county.

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