Mayor Lori Lightfoot broke ground Wednesday for the new Bronzeville Winery, a Black-owned business, that is set to open this summer.

It wouldn’t have happened without a Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Grant. And that program is part of the mayor’s Invest South/West initiative that promises $750 million in economic development investment in 10 targeted neighborhoods by 2022.

Lightfoot said she gets criticized for over-investing in the neighborhoods.

“Here’s what I think about that, and here’s what I do know,” Lightfoot said. “If not me, then who? If not on my watch, then when?”

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David Greising

David Greising is the president and chief executive of the Better Government Association, joining the BGA in 2018. For nearly a century, the BGA has fought for honest and effective government through investigative...