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!
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. firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
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.
Fed up with the Chicago TIF scam? You can fight back. Here’s what the folks in the 46th Ward are doing to roll back the promised gift of millions of public dollars for a luxury high-rise across the street from Lincoln Park. Here is a summary of TIF activity in the 46th Ward up to 2010. Here is the presentation... Read more
Join the fight in the 46th Ward to stop JDL Development from getting $14 million in public dollars for a luxury high rise across the street from Lincoln Park. This development includes a PRIVATE park for the project’s residents. Now this is REALLY turning public policy on its head!
Watch these brief videos where TIF Illuminators explain why they got involved in this project!
From AlterNet, “Corporate Extortion: States Are Giving Billions to Corporations That Don’t Create Jobs.” We learn that… “Economic development officials value business tax incentives as tools needed to compete with other states,” a November report commissioned by New York State’s Tax Reform and Fairness Commission began, stating their presumptive selling point. “There is, however, no conclusive evidence from research studies conducted... Read more
On the TIF ordinance – O2013-5698 – The YAY votes on a motion to Discharge the ordinance from the Committee on Committees, Rules and Ethics were as follows: Alds. Moreno, Fioretti, Dowell, Hairston, Sawyer, Foulkes, Brookins, Waguespack, Sposato, Smith, Arena. The motion was defeated by a vote of 36 NAY to 11 YAY votes. On the resolution re: Elected School Board... Read more
From the Chicago Reader, “Those who got, get more. And those who don’t got, get the shaft. All in the name of eradicating blight. Beale was absent for Wednesday’s showdown—so he didn’t cast a vote one way or another. But Alderman Foulkes was the only representative of a relatively poor west- or south-side ward who voted against the mayor. It’s pretty sad that... Read more
Now you can get your own personal TIF Ilumination! For the absurdly low price of $25 we will tell you: (1) If you are in a TIF District. (2) If you are, then we will tell you the name of the TIF, when it was created, how much money it extracted in 2012, how much money was left in the TIF at... Read more