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The TIF Illumination Project at Three

Tom Tresser | Posted 02.11.2017 | Chicago
Tom Tresser

On February 12 of 2013, the night of the State of the Union, a town meeting was held at the Chopin Theater in Chicago's Near West Side. The subject wa...

The TIF Illumination Project at Two Years

Tom Tresser | Posted 05.27.2015 | Chicago
Tom Tresser

A Tax Increment Finance district is created by the City's Department of Planning and Development. It is a tool to capture property taxes from all properties inside the district.

The TIF Illumination Project at One Year

Tom Tresser | Posted 04.16.2014 | Chicago
Tom Tresser

The TIF Illumination Project is an effort of a group of volunteers in Chicago to expose a decades-old finance scheme that annually extracts almost 500 million dollars of property taxes and places it in a program controlled by the mayor.

Ending Chicago Politics as Usual

Amisha Patel | Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago
Amisha Patel

Though the return of this money will provide at least some relief for Chicago Public School students suffering from the school closures, teacher layoffs and budget cuts imposed by the administration earlier this year, the relief may be only temporary.

Eliminate 'Lite Gov' Office? Let the People Vote, Says BGA

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.16.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Pat Quinn has sought to cast his race against Bill Daley for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination as a case of the populist who fights for the little guy (Quinn) vs. the "big shot" who has traveled in elite political and business circles.

The Most Powerful Company You've Never Heard of: Meet CME Group

Elizabeth Parisian | Posted 07.04.2012 | Chicago
Elizabeth Parisian

Given both its immense power and its history, we would be wise to keep an eye on CME Group. There has never been a better time to stand up to this powerful company and demand that it give our money back.

Consider Yourself Briefed (On the Trust)

Tom Tresser | Posted 06.09.2012 | Chicago
Tom Tresser

I will state my bias plainly for all Huffington Post readers. I don't trust The Trust. It's not privatization. It's worse: it's corporatization

Did Mayor Daley Favor Wife Maggie's Non-Profit? Audit Suggests So

Posted 12.04.2011 | Chicago

A review of tax increment financing (TIF) public benefits clauses and charitable donations released Tuesday by Inspector General Joe Ferguson alleges ...

Gaylord Subsidy

Joel Judd | Posted 12.03.2011 | Denver
Joel Judd

Gaylord Entertainment proposes building a hotel entertainment complex near DIA; except, first it wants $522m in TIF subsidies over 25 years. Time to stop punching holes in the bucket.

Emanuel's TIF Panel Demands More Oversight, Transparency

Posted 10.29.2011 | Chicago

A task force formed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel during his first week in office to evaluate Tax Increment Financing (TIF) submitted a 100-page report to the...

Going To A Candidate's Forum? Ask Them About TIFs

Tom Tresser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Tom Tresser

County-wide, in 2009, TIF districts diverted $838 million in property taxes away from the units of government that rely on property taxes for operation. And $519 million of that was from Chicago.

What the Republic Victory Means

Curtis Black | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Curtis Black

The victory of the Republic Windows and Doors workers demonstrates the value of militant action by labor in addressing the economic crisis.

TIF Districts Costing City Over $550M: Study

Chicago Reader | Ben Joravsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Clerk David Orr's annual TIF report is due out tomorrow, and the news is all bleak. On the one hand, the city's tax increment financing d...