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Loft Space Available @ The CivicLab June 1

April 4 | Posted by Tom Tresser | About us, TIF News

Come June 1st, the loft space at The CivicLab will be available! We have a great location in the West Loop blocks away from the Morgan St. El stop, and the Hasted Bus. Amenities include a full kitchen, private bathroom, conference room, business class Internet access, cheap copies, a shop for building stuff and a space for classes and events.... Read more

Tom Explains The CivicLab & The TIF Illumination Project

February 17 | Posted by Tom Tresser | About us, Privatization, Public Education+Organizing, TIF 101, TIF Abuse, TIF News

Check out this great video shot by the folks at the Progressive Democrats of America. It’s 28 minutes long and lays out what the CivicLab is all about and how The TIF Illumination Project works AND reveals the details of the 12 TIFs of the 27th Ward. Whew!

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Help Us Spread The Word

February 15 | Posted by Tom Tresser | About us, Public Action, Public Education+Organizing, TIF 101, TIF News

Can you help us spread the word in your community about our TIF Illumination work? Please download this TIP flyer and make copies and distribute to your PTA, Local School Council, parent support group, block club, church or other civic group you work with. Let us know if you did. info@civiclab.us. Thanks!  

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The TIF Illumination Project Is One Year Old!

February 14 | Posted by Tom Tresser | About us, Public Education+Organizing, TIF 101, TIF News, TIF Town Meeting

We launched the TIF Illumination Project at the Chopin Theater one year ago! What a wild ride it’s been. Here is an account of the work we’ve done. Comments are welcome.

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Holiday Hours

December 23 | Posted by Tom Tresser | About us, TIF News

The CivicLab wll be on holiday hours through January 1. Which means we’ll be mostly closed so call before coming by, OK? 312-857-6485. Best wishes for a Healthy & Happy New Year from all of us at the CivicLab!  

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TIF Illuminators Testify

December 21 | Posted by Tom Tresser | About us, Public Action, TIF 101, TIF Illumionation Services, TIF News, TIF Town Meeting

Watch these brief videos where TIF Illuminators explain why they got involved in this project!

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The Perils Of Privatization

December 19 | Posted by Tom Tresser | About us, In The News, Privatization, Research, Tax Scams, TIF News

Historian and reporter for The Nation Rick Perlstein is doing a series of articles on the perils of privatization. In this 13 minute interview on WBEZ he lays out the reasons to be very skeptical about the sorts of deals Chicago is “forcing down the throats” of the taxpayers. He gives a shout out to the work of Tom Tresser... Read more

Tom Talks TIFs On “Politics Tonight”

November 8 | Posted by Tom Tresser | About us, In The News, TIF News

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Sun-Times Illuminates TIFs

September 29 | Posted by Tom Tresser | About us, In The News, Research, TIF 101, TIF News

The TIF Illumination Project was a source for this story in today’s Chicago Sun-Times. Our research was used in the creation of the map that accompanies the story.

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WBEZ Explains The TIF Program

September 5 | Posted by Tom Tresser | About us, In The News, Public Education+Organizing, TIF 101, TIF News

Watch this creative and fast moving seven minute video from WBEZ’s “Curious City” Project.

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