Chicago Community Trust president: Chicago must address ‘inexcusable inequities’

The question from her audience: Where will the first African-American woman to be president and chief executive officer of Chicago’s oldest and largest community foundation, the Chicago Community Trust, focus her efforts?

“One of the biggest things holding Chicago back from being all that it can be is the inexcusable inequity that continues to exist,” Gayle said, at a National Association of Black Journalists forum on Monday.

“When you look at the fact that if you live in this lovely central area, your life expectancy is as high as anywhere — 87 — but go 3 miles west, and it’s 67. There’s no reason there should be that kind of disparity in a city and region this wealthy,” she said. “And of course, life expectancy is just a barometer for so many other things.”

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