Archive for the ‘TIF 101’ Category

Survey On The Future Of The TIF Program

April 13 | Posted by Tom Tresser | Public Action, Research, TIF 101, TIF News, TIF Reform

The TIF Illumination Project has Illuminated 147 TIFs across 25 wards. Over 2,000 people have been at these meetings and over 40 media stories have been written about our work. We’d like to know what YOU think should now be done with or to the TIF Program in Chicago. PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO COMPLETE THIS SURVEY. THANK YOU!

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TIF Project Highlighted at Planning Conference

March 31 | Posted by Tom Tresser | Research, TIF 101, TIF Illumionation Services, TIF News

http://issuu.com/cmrenner/docs/cnu-conference-final-20140325 – Free download of presentations and material from 2013 conference on new ways of doing urban development. We did a piece on the TIF Illumination Project. Also great stuff on how Rockford is using creativity and the arts for economic development and Naomi Davis presenting on her vision for grassroots community development.

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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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Fighting TIFs

February 2 | Posted by Tom Tresser | Public Action, Public Education+Organizing, TIF 101, TIF Abuse, TIF News, TIF Reform

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

TIF Extreme Logic – Public $ For PRIVATE Park

January 8 | Posted by Tom Tresser | Privatization, Public Action, Public Education+Organizing, Tax Scams, TIF 101, TIF Abuse, TIF News, TIF Town Meeting

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!

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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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We Could’ve Told Them…

December 14 | Posted by Tom Tresser | Research, Tax Scams, TIF 101, TIF News

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

Rules Committee Votes – Council Members Punt (Again)

December 1 | Posted by Tom Tresser | TIF 101, TIF Abuse, TIF News, TIF Reform

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