Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces $8 million in mental health grants largely focused on Chicago’s South and West sides

The city of Chicago has awarded $8 million in grant funds for 32 community groups to increase mental health care programs, with much of it focused on the South and West Sides, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Tuesday.



Erica Hunt wearing a suit and tie: In this file photo, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during a news conference at City Hall, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020.


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In this file photo, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during a news conference at City Hall, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020.

Nearly all the projects will expand mental health services for young adults, children, and adolescents, city officials said. Some of the grant recipients will receive $240,000 while others will receive $350,000 every year through 2020, Lightfoot said.

The funding can be used to hire staff, expand existing services, fund new programs in communities of high need and promote collaborations that integrate mental healthcare with primary care, city officials said.

In addition, the city’s public health department also will provide $1.6 million for increased services for

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot easing Chicago restrictions on indoor bars, restaurants, fitness class sizes

Chicago bars that don’t serve food will be allowed to reopen for indoor service starting Thursday, and bars and restaurants will be allowed to serve alcohol until 1 a.m., Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Monday.



a dining room table: Chicago bars that don t serve food will be allowed to reopen for indoor service beginning Thursday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Monday.


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Chicago bars that don t serve food will be allowed to reopen for indoor service beginning Thursday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Monday.

In addition, Lightfoot said the city will now allow shaves, facials, and other personal services that previously were banned because they required the removal of face masks. The city also will increase the maximum group size for health and fitness classes and after-school programming from 10 to 15 people, officials said.

The moves are Lightfoot’s latest attempt to ease the financial burden on Chicago businesses by lifting frequently criticized restrictions. But the moves also come as the city prepares for flu season and the number of

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot Easing COVID Restrictions On Bars, Restaurants, Fitness Centers, Personal Services

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago restaurants will soon be able to serve more people indoors, and bars that don’t serve food will soon be able to resume service inside, under loosened COVID-19 restrictions announced by Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday.

The city also is easing restrictions for health and fitness clubs, and for personal services.

“Being able to open further today is just one small step that we’re taking based on what we’re seeing in the data,” Lightfoot said. “It also means that difficult decisions and sacrifices that we’ve all had to make are moving us slowly but surely forward.”

The mayor said the move comes after the city has seen improving COVID-19 data over the past month, including lower rates of infection and fewer emergency room visits.

“It was because of the citywide cooperation and collaboration that Chicago never saw a huge surge in cases once we started to gently

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