Research

  • 2014 TIF Analysis Published!

    by - Aug 15, 2015
    From large spreadsheets our 2014 TIF Illumination Analysis grows! Thanks to our team of TIF Illuminators we have downloaded, opened and reviewed everyone of the 150 2014 Chicago TIF annual reports. Our team plicked the numbers...
  • $1.4 Billion Sitting In TIF Accounts – We FOIA (Again)

    by - Aug 7, 2015
    While we are still waiting for Chicago’s 2014 TIF reports, the mayor’s office has released its 2015 city budget analysis. They admit to $1.4 BILLION sitting in TIF accounts on January 1, 2015. But, regrettably, it’s...
  • “TIFs Off the Rails” Now Online!

    by - Jul 23, 2015
    Our second TIF training video is now available for your viewing pleasure! Thanks to the 46 donors who made this production possible! Tweet ...
  • Help The TIF Illumination Project Survive!

    by - Jul 4, 2015
    The CivicLab has closed but the TIF Illumination Project can continue! Please contribute to our crowdfunding campaign today. CLICK HERE to support The TIF Illumination Project Tweet ...
  • First School District Illuminated!

    by - May 4, 2015
    On April 30, 2015 at the annual conference of the Illinois Association of School Business Officials (IASBO) we Illuminated School District 300. D300 is Illinois’ 6th largest school district with 23,000 students. Located in Chicago’s western...
  • Help Us Produce “The TIF Hall of Shame”

    by - Mar 10, 2015
    OK – 80 donors contributed to our first crowdfunding campaign and we produced and uploaded the first of five TIF training videos, “TIF 101“! Now help us produce the second video, “The TIF Hall of Shame.”...
  • 17th Ward Illuminated

    by - Feb 12, 2015
    It was TIF town meeting #32 on Wednesday night, February 11, 2015 at the Way of Truth M.B. Church on 6458 S. California Avenue as we lit up the six TIFs of the 17th Ward. This...
  • 33rd Ward Illuminated

    by - Jan 16, 2015
    It was warm and cozy at Brisku’s Bar in the 33rd Ward last night as we lit up the TIFs of the 33rd Ward. Hosted by aldermanic candidate Tim Meegan the TIF Illumination Project delivered its...
  • “TIF 101” Video Now Available!

    by - Jan 9, 2015
    We are super proud of producing our first online TIF training video, “TIF 101”! You can watch the 20 minute video right here: Thanks to the 80 people who contributed to this project. We are now...
  • “TIF 101” Video Preview Live!

    by - Dec 26, 2014
    Thanks to the 80 donors who gave to our crowdfunding campaign! “TIF 101” is in post-production and we can’t wait to release it online. Here’s a tasty preview. Tweet ...