When the city announced the first awardees of a new grant program aimed at spurring economic activity in depressed commercial corridors, neighborhoods with some of the highest unemployment and poverty rates in the city–West Englewood, Fuller Park, and Oakland, among others–were noticeably absent. While more than 700 applied to get a piece of the pie, 25 businesses located in wards represented by some of the mayor’s allies fared noticeably well.

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