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The continuing surge of COVID-19 infections in Chicago could slow the recovery of the city’s economy, Chicago’s top financial officials warned members of the City Council on Monday.

The surge driven by the more transmissible delta variant “could hinder the city’s economic recovery,” Budget Director Susie Park told members of the City Council’s Budget and Government Operations Committee at a hearing that gave alderpeople their first chance to question the city’s top financial officials after Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the city faced a $733 million shortfall in 2022.

Even as tax receipts show that the city’s hospitality industry has yet to rebound from the pandemic, Chicago collected 6.5% more revenue through July than it expected, driven by taxed generated by Chicago’s red-hot real estate market, Park said.

While Lightfoot contends Chicago is “fiscally bouncing back,” Park and…

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