Archive for the ‘TIF Abuse’ Category

Protests Continue In The 46th Ward

March 5 | Posted by Tom Tresser | Public Action, TIF Abuse, TIF News

$14 million in public subsidies for a luxury high-rise across the street from Lincoln Park?  Would an elected official support stripping public funds from public education and public parks to build a private park? If you’re Alderman James Cappleman of the 46th Ward, the answer is “You bet!” Here’s the story of the latest protest in the north side community. 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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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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46th Ward Forum Protests TIF Use

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

Angela Spinazze kicked off this town meeting January 3 to interrogate the proposed gift of $14 million to JDL Development for a luxury high rise across the street from Lincoln Park. Visit the organizer’s Facebook page. The event was organized by Cortez Duquette. Great job, everyone!

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This Is Why TIFs Hurt Us

August 6 | Posted by Tom Tresser | Public Education+Organizing, TIF 101, TIF Abuse, TIF News

At least ONE of the major reasons. Because the state’s contribution to public education is so shockingly low, school districts in Illinois rely heavily on local property taxes to fund their schools. So, anything that diverts property taxes from public schools places a burden on an already under-funded public education system. Likewise, if you live in a town or city... Read more

DePaul Seeks $300 Million

July 16 | Posted by Tom Tresser | Tax Scams, TIF Abuse, TIF News

Here’s a report from a DePaul graduate: Last night I received a call from DePaul, as an alumnus, asking for help in raising $300M for the school’s comprehensive fundraising campaign – $100M of which would go towards the ‘Many Dreams, One Mission’ supporting new college scholarships. I’m all for supporting the idea of assisting with college costs – especially for those... Read more