TIF News

  • 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...
  • 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
  • CivicLab Profiled @ One Year

    by - Jun 28, 2014
    From Progress Illinois: “July marks one year since the CivicLab, a non-profit organization, opened its “democracy design studio” in the West Loop of Chicago. Looking ahead, one of the CivicLab’s co-founders says big plans are in the pipeline for year two of the co-working...
  • 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...
  • Loft Space Available @ The CivicLab June 1

    by - Apr 4, 2014
    Come June 1st, the loft space at The CivicLab will be available! We have a great location in the West Loop blocks away from the Morgan St. El stop, and the Hasted Bus. Amenities include a...
  • TIF Project Highlighted at Planning Conference

    by - Mar 31, 2014
    http://issuu.com/cmrenner/docs/cnu-conference-final-20140325 – 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...
  • 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...