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  • 11th Ward To Be Illuminated Dec 4

    by - Nov 22, 2014
    Join us on December 4 when we Illuminate the 11th Ward!  We’ll be at The First Trinity Lutheran Church, Community Room, 643 W. 31st Street from. 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Details here. Contribute to our crowdfunding campaign...
  • 27th Ward Illuminated (Again!)

    by - Nov 7, 2014
    It was a star-studded 25th TIF town meeting on November 7, 2014 at VenueOne when we Illuminated the 12 TIFs of the 27th Ward. Here is part of the presentation. The full version, including all the...
  • 21st Ward Illuminated

    by - Sep 26, 2014
    We Illuminated the seven TIFs of the 21st Ward last night at the Woodson Regional Library. Download this presentation here for just $2.50. You can purchase the full presentation at the TIF Data Store. Read coverage...
  • Standing Room Only At 2nd Ward Illumination

    by - Sep 17, 2014
    Thanks to the Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance there were over 200 people in the room to experience the 2nd Ward Illumination on September 15, 2014. Here is coverage from Progress Illinois.  You can purchase the presentation...
  • FOIA Request To Find $1.7 Billion In TIF Funds

    by - Sep 11, 2014
    This afternoon the CivicLab filed a Freedom Of Information Act request with the Chicago Department of Planning and Development to get a complete accounting of where our $1.71 billion in property taxes are stashed. We seek...
  • 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...
  • Clear, Short Explanation Of TIFs – “The Shadow Budget”

    by - Aug 22, 2014
    Here’s a great introduction to Chicago’s TIF program from The Chicago Bureau by Alex Nitkin. In the time it takes a Brown Line train to circle the Loop, dozens of secret deals can be made in...
  • “TIF 101″ Presentation Now Online

    by - Aug 17, 2014
    Want to take a crash course in Tax Increment Financing? If so, watch a 33 minute video that will introduce the topic and reveal the details of TIF in Chicago and the work of the TIF...
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