TIF Abuse

  • “TIF Atlas” Now On Sale!

    by - Dec 15, 2014
    Now you can own the data that has been driving the TIF Illumination Project all over the city for the past 18 months! Download your very own “TIF Atlas of Chicago Wards” at the TIF Data...
  • 11th Ward Illuminated

    by - Dec 5, 2014
    It was another full house for a TIF town meeting, or Illumination, as we fondly call these community gatherings. We lit up the TIFs of the 11th ward. About 60 people packed the community room at...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Protests Continue In The 46th Ward

    by - Mar 5, 2014
    $14 million in public subsidies for a luxury high-rise across the street from Lincoln Park?  Would an elected official support stripping public funds from public education and public parks to build a private park? If you’re...
  • Tom Explains The CivicLab & The TIF Illumination Project

    by - Feb 17, 2014
    Check out this great video shot by the folks at the Progressive Democrats of America. It’s 28 minutes long and lays out what the CivicLab is all about and how The TIF Illumination Project works AND...
  • Fighting TIFs

    by - Feb 2, 2014
    Fed up with the Chicago TIF scam? You can fight back. Here’s what the folks in the 46th Ward are doing to roll back the promised gift of millions of public dollars for a luxury high-rise...
  • TIF Extreme Logic – Public $ For PRIVATE Park

    by - Jan 8, 2014
    Join the fight in the 46th Ward to stop JDL Development from getting $14 million in public dollars for a luxury high rise across the street from Lincoln Park. This development includes a PRIVATE park for...
  • 46th Ward Forum Protests TIF Use

    by - Jan 8, 2014
    Angela Spinazze kicked off this town meeting January 3 to interrogate the proposed gift of $14 million to JDL Development for a luxury high rise across the street from Lincoln Park. Visit the organizer’s Facebook page....
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