Chicago Announcements May 26, 2021

  • Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced two new appointments on Tuesday: Andrea Holthouse Cheng will lead the Department of Water Management, replacing Comm. Randy Conner, and Brandie Knazze will take over at the Department of Family and Support Services, replacing Comm. Lisa Morrison Butler. Cheng, who has worked at the water department since 2004, has been acting commissioner since January 2021. In a statement, Cheng said her priorities would be to “promote professionalism and create diversity” to make sure the department would be prepared to start replacing lead service lines and “expanding regional growth.” Prior to her appointment, Knazze worked as the First Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Family and Support Services. In a statement, she said the importance of the department’s work had only become clearer throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • The City Council Democratic Socialist Caucus will host a Fair Wage Day of Action wage strike at 3 p.m. Wednesday “to show that the clear answer to the so-called worker "shortage" is clear: pay them a full, fair wage,” according to an event announcement. The caucus is collaborating on the event with One Fair Wage and Fight for 15, two campaigns advocating for a minimum wage of $15 per hour nationwide, as well as Service Workers United For Power, Women’s March, the Sunrise Movement, Ultraviolet, Women Take Action and Women2Win. Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35), Ald. Jeanette Taylor (20), Ald. Rossana Rodriguez (33) and Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25) will all speak at the action, located at 1028 N. Rush St.   

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