TIF 101

  • 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...
  • TIF Illumination Project Finds $1.71 Billion In TIF Funds

    by - Aug 1, 2014
    The TIF Illumination Project has reviewed all 151 annual reports of the city’s Tax Increment Financing districts. At the end of 2013 the city’s TIF accounts held $1.71 BILLION in property tax dollars! This is a...
  • County Releases 2013 TIF Data

    by - Jul 16, 2014
    Cook County Clerk David Orr leads the way in TIF data services! He released his summary of 2013 TIF data today. Chicago’s 151 TIF districts (3 were cancelled) extracted $422 million. 284 suburban TIFs extracted $261...
  • “TIF 101″ Returns To The CivicLab

    by - Jul 14, 2014
    By popular demand (OK, one person kept emailing us), “TIF 101” returns to the CivicLab on August 20 at 7pm. Online Ticketing for TIF 101 – All About Chicago’s Tax Increment Financing Program powered by Eventbrite...
  • Clerk Orr Unveils TIF Information On Tax Bills

    by - Jun 18, 2014
      From Cook County Clerk David Orr, June 19, 2014: Cook County property owners located in a tax increment financing district will now see how much of their tax bill is going into a TIF fund,...
  • 48th Ward To Be Illuminated June 18

    by - May 19, 2014
    Join us at Emanuel Congregation on Wednesday, June 18 at 7pm when we Illuminate the TIFs of the 48th ward. RSVP to this event via Facebook. You will learn: What is a TIF and how many...
  • Take Our Poll – What Should We Do With TIFs?

    by - Apr 26, 2014
    We’ve done dozens of town meetings or Illuminations. We’ve Illuminated 147 TIFs across 25 wards in front of over 2,000 people. Over 40 news stories have been written about our work. Now it’s time for YOU...
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