COVID-19 Policy: Ald. Lopez on Southwest Side Pandemic Response


A large portion of Chicago’s Brighton Park neighborhood on the city’s Southwest Side is represented by Ald. Raymond Lopez, who has represented the 15th Ward in Chicago’s City Council since 2015.

Lopez says COVID-19 has strained already scarce resources in his ward, which is home to many essential workers and undocumented immigrants.

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“They’re doing the best that they can to survive,” Lopez said. “Many communities were already having issues as it relates to resources, and this has just compounded the matter.”

Over the past year, Lopez has emerged as an outspoken critic of Mayor Lori Lightfoot, opposing several of her initiatives and pieces of legislation.

Earlier this week, he joined several alderman to delay a measure that would give Lightfoot emergency spending powers to battle the coronavirus. A vote is expected on the measure Friday afternoon.


Covid Across Chicago

How is the novel coronavirus impacting local businesses, residents and social service agencies across the city and region? And how are local leaders handling the crisis? We hit the streets to answer those questions and more in our ongoing reporting series, COVID-19 Across Chicago. See where we’ve been and what we’ve discovered in this overview. Listed is the official Chicago community area with the neighborhood in parenthesis where appropriate.

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