June 2, 2020
As protests downtown turned violent and millions of dollars in property damage was done over the weekend, Mayor Lori Lightfoot put Chicago’s CBD on lockdown. Now, Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA) is focused on clean-up and supporting businesses.
“It is a difficult time for so many reasons,” said Michael Edwards, CLA’s president and CEO. “We understand the frustration behind this weekend’s protests and the complicated nature of these types of events. The business community is dealing with the vandalism of at least 45 businesses in the Loop, in addition to existing challenges due to coronavirus.”
He added, “We were heartened to hear from residents and workers who were eager to help with clean-up, and CLA staff coordinated with them on Sunday to do just that. We have been in communication with the mayor’s office and aldermen through all this, and we will continue to work together to strategize solutions for this situation.”
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