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Chicago mayor wipes-overdue-library-to fight charges ‘inter-generational poverty”

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Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot, delete overdue charges for library books and other items, to “the elimination of obstacles that discourage, youth and low-income patrons” of reading and other educational activities.

Lightfoot announced to be Monday, the Public library of Chicago, “fine” – as of Tuesday, so that the Windy City is the largest city in the nation.

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“Like many Chicagoans, I know what it’s like to grow up in financially difficult circumstances, and to understand how it is, only an invoice or a mistake away from crushing debt,” Lightfoot said in a press release.

CHICAGO, Il – MAY 20: Lori Lightfoot addresses the guests after he was sworn in as mayor of Chicago, during a ceremony in the Wintrust Arena on may 20, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois. Lightfoot is the first black female and openly gay mayor in the history of the city. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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The liberal mayor said she is so concerned about the economy: “This is about the education of the people, giving them access to learning, a space where people can come and learn.”

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They celebrated the move as a way to “regressive method places disproportionate impact on those who can least afford it, to make sure that every Chicagoan can use our city services and resources, and eliminate the cycles of debt and generational poverty, because a few mistakes.”

The library of the city of system modules, card holders, if you owe a fine of $10 or more. One in five cards to get banned but ID belong to children under the age of 14 years, according to library officials.

With this new system, books that are checked out will be automatically extended up to 15 times, unless a hold is placed on them, according to a Public library of Chicago press release. Misplaced items will be marked as “lost” in the system and the accounts are settled, the cost of replacement if items have not been activated a week after the due date. The charge will be deleted when the items are returned.

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Detroit and Phoenix have announced similar plans in September.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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