Archive for the ‘Training’ Category

“TIF 101″ Workshop Oct. 30

October 27 | Posted by Tom Tresser | Public Education+Organizing, Research, TIF 101, TIF News, TIF Town Meeting, Training

You’re heard all about them. Now it’s time to learn all about TIFs. “TIF 101” is Wednesday, October 30 at the CivicLab at 7pm. We did the research. We know what TIFs are doing in every ward. Come to the strangely entertaining workshop and then YOU’LL know too! The CivicLab is hosting all sorts of workshops on civic matters. Hydroponic... Read more

Tom Teaches “TIF 101″ Workshop

September 12 | Posted by Tom Tresser | Public Education+Organizing, TIF 101, TIF News, Training

Tom Tresser has been doing TIF Illumination workshops all over the city. Now you can see what over 1,600 other people have seen – how TIFs work REALLY. Attend the “TIF 101″ workshop at the CivicLab on Tuesday, September 17 at 7pm. 90 minutes. $10. You’ll be Illuminated! Register via EventBrite.

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39th Ward Parent Asks “Where Was Our Alderman?”

August 28 | Posted by Tom Tresser | Public Education+Organizing, TIF 101, TIF News, TIF Town Meeting, Training

Rick Cardis was one of the organizers of the 39th Ward TIF Illumination held at the Belding School on August 27. Alderman Laurino had RSVP’d that she would attend. Instead, her Director of Economic Development John Riordan came for the first 20 minutes or so of the presentation. This is what Rick emailed to John today. Thank you for attending the... Read more

39th Ward Illuminated

August 27 | Posted by Tom Tresser | Research, TIF 101, TIF News, TIF Town Meeting, Training

Lord, it was HOT inside the Belding School auditorium tonight! And it just got HOTTER after the five TIFs of the 39th were Illuminated. Alderman Laurino was a no-show, No surprise. View all the TIF Illuminations here. Sign the petition to the Mayor – Empty The TIFs!

The TIFs of The 39th Ward from Thomas Tresser
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26 Wards, 152 TIFs Illuminated!

August 24 | Posted by Tom Tresser | About us, Public Education+Organizing, Research, TIF 101, TIF News, TIF Town Meeting, Training

We gave an update to a group of TIF Illumination organizers today at the CivicLab. The TIF illumination Project was launched in February and six months later we’ve Illuminated 152 TIFs across 26 wards! The map hows the territory we’ve covered (Wards outlined in red received their own Illumination town forum, wards outlined blue were Illuminated together in two separate meetings). Here is... Read more

Logan Square TIF Forum

July 6 | Posted by Tom Tresser | Research, TIF 101, TIF News, TIF Town Meeting, Training

Neighbors from Logan Square want to know what TIFs are doing to their community. Even though we were supposed to be on summer break after doing 12 Wards in four months – we couldn’t say no.  So – join us on July 18 at Haas Park at 6:30pm when we talk TIFs in Logan Square. Details and RSVP at Facebook,... Read more

TIF Illumination Project Profiled

July 4 | Posted by Tom Tresser | About us, In The News, TIF News, TIF Town Meeting, Training

The volunteers of the CivicLab’s TIF Illumination Project are honored to be profiled in the July 22 issue of The Nation in a cover story feature entitled, “Chicago Rising.” The author attended the 4th Ward TIF Illumination on May 13. You can see all the presentations made at all 12 Ward Illuminations here – http://tifreports.com/tif-town-meetings.

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49th Ward Illuminated – We’re Done (for now)

July 2 | Posted by Tom Tresser | TIF News, TIF Town Meeting, Training

It was a packed house at the Loyola Park field house on July 1. Despite a beautifully balmy summer night, over 100 people came to see the TIFs of the 49th Ward Illuminated. Thanks to Don Gordon and the other organizers for pulling off a great meeting. That makes 89 TIFs Illuminated in 12 wards though 15 meetings in four months. Time... Read more

50th Ward Illuminated

June 11 | Posted by Tom Tresser | TIF 101, TIF News, TIF Town Meeting, Training

70 people made it to the Devon Bank Tuesday night to see the TIFs of the 50th Ward Illuminated. Ben Joravsky, political reporter for The Chicago Reader, gave a great talk and urged all the attendees to call their Alderman and demand that she vote against the proposed massive public subsidy for a DePaul stadium in the South Loop.       Here is... Read more

Time To Illuminate The 50th!

June 7 | Posted by Tom Tresser | TIF News, TIF Town Meeting, Training

We’re heading north on June 11 to Illuminate the four TIFs in the 50th ward. Details and RSVP via Facebook @ http://tinyurl.com/TIF-Forum-June-11. Download a flier. A special TIF treat – Chicago Reader political reporter Ben Joravsky will be a featured speaker. He got us started in the TIF biz! CivicLab co-founder Tom Tresser produced a meeting on TIFs in Lincoln Park... Read more