• Why Journalism Needs Nerds

    by - Jul 9, 2014
    Thanks to Marc Smith of Connected Action for gathering the links and graphing them.  Tweet...Read More
  • TIF Project Highlighted at Planning Conference

    by - Mar 31, 2014 – Free download of presentations and material from 2013 conference on new ways of doing urban development. We did a piece on the TIF Illumination Project. Also great stuff on how Rockford is using creativity...
  • 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...
  • The Perils Of Privatization

    by - Dec 19, 2013
    Historian and reporter for The Nation Rick Perlstein is doing a series of articles on the perils of privatization. In this 13 minute interview on WBEZ he lays out the reasons to be very skeptical about...
  • We Could’ve Told Them…

    by - Dec 14, 2013
    From AlterNet, “Corporate Extortion: States Are Giving Billions to Corporations That Don’t Create Jobs.” We learn that… “Economic development officials value business tax incentives as tools needed to compete with other states,” a November report commissioned...
  • Winners & Losers In The TIF Game

    by - Nov 27, 2013
    From the Chicago Reader, “Those who got, get more. And those who don’t got, get the shaft. All in the name of eradicating blight. Beale was absent for Wednesday’s showdown—so he didn’t cast a vote one...
  • Are YOU In A TIF District? Get Illuminated!

    by - Nov 25, 2013
    Now you can get your own personal TIF Ilumination! For the absurdly low price of $25 we will tell you: (1) If you are in a TIF District. (2) If you are, then we will tell...
  • “TIF 101″ Workshop Oct. 30

    by - Oct 27, 2013
    You’re heard all about them. Now it’s time to learn all about TIFs. “TIF 101” is Wednesday, October 30 at the CivicLab at 7pm. We did the research. We know what TIFs are doing in every...
  • DePaul Stadium Forum & 2nd Ward TIFs

    by - Oct 4, 2013
    Students as DePaul organized a public forum on the proposed DePaul Stadium and asked for an Illumination of the 17 TIFs inside the 2nd Ward – spotlighting the site and adjacent TIFs. If you want a...
  • Sun-Times Illuminates TIFs

    by - Sep 29, 2013
    The TIF Illumination Project was a source for this story in today’s Chicago Sun-Times. Our research was used in the creation of the map that accompanies the story. Tweet...Read More