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  • 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...
  • Loft Space Available @ The CivicLab June 1

    by - Apr 4, 2014
    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...
  • Tom Explains The CivicLab & The TIF Illumination Project

    by - Feb 17, 2014
    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...
  • Help Us Spread The Word

    by - Feb 15, 2014
    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,...