TIF 101

  • We Ask The Mayor About TIFs And He Answers!

    by - Sep 1, 2015
    What a night at Malcolm X College. About 300 people showed up for the first 2016 Budget Town Hall presided over by Mayor Emanuel and attended by all his department heads. Dozens of folks got one...
  • 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...
  • Purchase TIF Swag!

    by - Jul 28, 2015
    How would you like a TIF Illumination Project poster created by our czarina of design, Carlyn So? Or how about a hand-made DVD containing our two TIF training videos, “TIF 101” and “TIFs Off the Rails”?...
  • Tom Tackles TIFs on “Chicago Tonight”

    by - Jul 24, 2015
    From July 23, 2015. Tom Tresser goes head to head with Greg Hinz from Crain’s Chicago Business. Tweet

    “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 ...
  • Tom Talks TIFs on “Politics Tonight”

    by - Jul 15, 2015
    Tom Tresser was on “Politics Tonight” on July 14, 2015 reacting to Mayor Emanuel’s announcement that seven Loop-area TIFs are to be shut down. 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...
  • Tom Talks TIF To Young Turks

    by - Apr 14, 2015
    Chicago Young Turks met Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Connie’s Pizza and we talked TIFs. We lit up the Pilsen TIF – which we were in! Thanks to John Sheehan of the Catalyst Video Project for...