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ON JANUARY 1, 2013 THERE WAS $1.7 BILLION IN THE TIF ACCOUNTS. IT’S OUR MONEY. TAKE ACTION NOW!

  • Rally in Logan Square – Sunday, August 18 at 4pm. Details here.
  • TIF Town Meeting in Oak Park – Sunday, August 25th at 2pm. Details here.
  • Sign our online petition directed to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Tell him to empty the TIF accounts and send the $1.7 billion in property taxes (that’s how much was in the TIF accounts on January 1, 2012 AND on January 1, 2013 ) to the units of government that SHOULD”VE gotten that money in the first place. Sign the online petition here (and pass it on to your friends). The Chicago Sun-Times agrees.
  • Make an investment. Contribute $10, $25 or even $100 to help hire coders and designers, pay for organizers to deliver TIF trainings in all wards across the city. In 2012 TIFs extracted $457 MILLION from Chicago tax-payers. We are tracking that money and telling you where it came from and where it is going. Make your non tax deductible investment here.
  • Join us at our new home at 114 N. Aberdeen!114 Aberdeen-cropped Co-work with us. Teach a class or workshop. Host a meeting or event. More details here.
  • Give us feedback.¬† Volunteer. If you attended a TIF forum, what was your impression – what did you learn – what would you like to do next? Feel free to heap praise on us. We’re all volunteers, after all ūüôā Would you like to help illuminate TIF projects in your ward? Would you like to organize a TIF forum or training session? Please use the form below. Here is a record of all the TIF town meetings we’ve done so far.
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