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  • Purchase TIF Swag!

    by - Jul 28, 2015
    How would you like a TIF Illumination Project poster created by our czarina of design, Carlyn So? Or how about a hand-made DVD containing our two TIF training videos, “TIF 101″ and “TIFs Off the Rails”?...
  • CivicLab Closes June 30

    by - Jun 28, 2015
    After two years of hosting organizations and efforts aimed at making Chicago a better and more just city the CivicLab must close its doors on June 30, 2015.We invite you comment on our work at our...
  • TIF Video Project Crowdfunding Campaign Launched!

    by - Oct 27, 2014
    Do you want EVERYONE to get Illuminated? If you do, will you please make an investment in our first crowdfunding campaign? We are seeking to raise $15,000 to produce five twenty minute videos on all aspects...
  • Interview Reveals Tom’s Back Story

    by - Sep 8, 2014
    CivicLab co-founder Tom Tresser was interviewed for the master designer series of podcasts produced by the American Design and Master-Craft Initiative. The podcst is 47 minutes long. What does Tom have to do with design? Well...
  • All TIF Presentations Now Available

    by - Sep 4, 2014
    Since February of 2013 The TIF Illumination Project has Illuminated 127 TIFs across 29 wards in front of some 3,400 people. In case you missed any of those thrilling presentations, you can now download any or...
  • TIF Presentations Viewed 44,000+ Times!

    by - Aug 30, 2014
    We upload all the TIF presentations to http://www.slideshare.net/tomtee. These presentations have been viewed over 44,000 times! The champ is the two presentations on the 27th ward which were viewed a total 4,292 times.Thar works out to...
  • Chicago Reader Cites Work of TIF Project

    by - Aug 27, 2014
      Thanks to tireless TIF reporter Ben Joravsky of The Chicago Reader for this wonderful piece. He connects the dots from the supposed state of Chicago’s finances to the plight of our public schools and the...
  • “Running For Local Office” Workshop 9/13

    by - Aug 25, 2014
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  • TIF Illumination Project Finds $1.71 Billion In TIF Funds

    by - Aug 1, 2014
    The TIF Illumination Project has reviewed all 151 annual reports of the city’s Tax Increment Financing districts. At the end of 2013 the city’s TIF accounts held $1.71 BILLION in property tax dollars! This is a...
  • CivicLab Profiled @ One Year

    by - Jun 28, 2014
    From Progress Illinois: “July marks one year since the CivicLab, a non-profit organization, opened its “democracy design studio” in the West Loop of Chicago. Looking ahead, one of the CivicLab’s co-founders says big plans are in the pipeline for year two of the co-working...