More than $280M from COVID relief funding went to CPD

Chicago received $1.2 billion from the federal government for COVID-19 relief, more than $280 million went to the Chicago Police Department, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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DIANE PATHIEU: In fact, several aldermen, along with local community groups, plan to hold a virtual press conference later on this morning. They're going to detail how that money was spent, and how they believe it should be spent moving forward.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Chicago received $1.2 billion from the federal government for COVID-19 relief. More than $280 million of it went to the Chicago Police Department. That money was largely used for police overtime and the response to the civil unrest last summer, and enhanced security during the November election. Other money went towards other agencies, plus some to O'Hare and Midway airports.

The group of aldermen say that money should have gone to areas that really needed the help, like renters facing evictions, small businesses, and public health services. They're going to lay out the findings of that report this morning. The group will also break down how they want the mayor to prioritize the next wave of funding.