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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot defends spending $281.5 million in federal COVID-19 relief money on police payroll, says criticism is ‘just dumb’

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“We saved taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars by saying ‘yes’ to the federal government. Should we have said ‘no’? ‘No, no, no federal government, we’ll incur this expense, we’ll put this burden entirely on city of Chicago taxpayers and you can take your money elsewhere.’” Lightfoot said. “That would be foolish and of course we didn’t do that.”

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