TIF 101

  • 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...
  • 23rd Ward Illumination Online

    by - Aug 28, 2014
    It was a stormy night in the John F. Kennedy High School auditorium last night as the TIF Illumination Project revealed the details on the six TIFs for the 23rd ward. The PowerPoint presentation is available...
  • TIF Research Front Page News Across All Inside Publications

    by - Aug 28, 2014
    Front page article across all the Inside neighborhood papers: “Millions in TIF Property Tax Money Moving Around the City” –  http://tinyurl.com/Millions-TIF-dollars-move Tweet...Read More
  • 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...
  • 23rd Ward TIF Illumination Coming August 27

    by - Aug 16, 2014
    Join us on Wednesday, August 27 at 6pm at the Kennedy High School. 6325 W. 56th Street, for our 22nd TIF Town Meeting! We’ll be lluminating the six Tax Increment Financing Districts that wander through the...
  • Media Notices Our TIF Research

    by - Aug 9, 2014
    The TIF Illumination Project recently published its review of Chicago’s 2013 TIF activity. Here is coverage and analysis from the International Business Times . TIF research spotlighted in NBC Chicago’s political blog “The...