Public Education+Organizing

  • “TIF 101″ Returns To The CivicLab

    by - Jul 14, 2014
    By popular demand (OK, one person kept emailing us), “TIF 101” returns to the CivicLab on August 20 at 7pm. Online Ticketing for TIF 101 – All About Chicago’s Tax Increment Financing Program powered by Eventbrite...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • The TIF Illumination Project Is One Year Old!

    by - Feb 14, 2014
    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. Tweet...Read More
  • Fighting TIFs

    by - Feb 2, 2014
    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...
  • The Commons. Are You In?

    by - Jan 29, 2014
    Check out this brief video from our colleagues at On The Commons. Tweet...Read More
  • Who Plans What For Who? Let’s Examine Chicago Planning Efforts

    by - Jan 26, 2014
    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...
  • TIF Extreme Logic – Public $ For PRIVATE Park

    by - Jan 8, 2014
    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...
  • 46th Ward Forum Protests TIF Use

    by - Jan 8, 2014
    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....