City of Chicago Giveaways

Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday threw a $7.5 million bone to motorists squeezed by soaring gas prices — and tossed in a $5 million sweetener to lure commuters back to mass transit.

The $12.5 million plan she calls “Chicago Moves” will be primarily bankrolled by corporate fund revenues with help from the avalanche of federal coronavirus relief.

It will offer $150 pre-paid gas cards to eligible motorists who enter and win a rolling lottery, starting in May and continuing in four more monthly 10,000-card waves through the summer, in anticipation of continued pain at the pump.


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