Archive for the ‘TIF News’ 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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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

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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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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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

The Commons. Are You In?

January 29 | Posted by Tom Tresser | Privatization, Public Education+Organizing, TIF News

Check out this brief video from our colleagues at On The Commons.

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Who Plans What For Who? Let’s Examine Chicago Planning Efforts

January 26 | Posted by Tom Tresser | Privatization, Public Education+Organizing, Research, TIF News

Chicago Teachers For Social Justice and the CivicLab are collaborating for a six-week session where people come together to examine an issue in order to act. It’s called “Inquiry To Action” and the inquiry we are hosting at the Lab starts on February 25, 2014. We will meet from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on six Tuesdays through April 1. GRASSROOTS VISIONS FOR... Read more