“TIF 101” Video Now Live!

We are super proud of producing our first online TIF training video, “TIF 101”! You can watch the 20 minute video right here:

Thanks to the 80 people who contributed to this project.

We are now asking everyone to join our SECOND crowdfunding campaign so we can produce the next video in our projected series of five videos. The next video is “The TIF Hall of Shame” and will focus on the abuses and contradictions in Chicago’s massive TIF program. You won’t want to miss this!

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“TIF 101” Presentation Now Online

Want to take a crash course in Tax Increment Financing? If so, watch this 33 minute video that will introduce the topic and reveal the details of TIF in Chicago and the work of the TIF Illumination Project. The presenter is CivicLab co-founder, Tom Tresser, who is the Lead Organizer for the TIF research and presenter at TIF town meetings. The video is on this page. It’s password protected and we’re asking a contribution of $5.00 to get the password. All our work is 100% volunteer driven but we’ve some bills to pay and plans to expand. You’re welcome to invest more in our work, of course! Please use this PayPal link to make your payment. When we receive notice of your payment we’ll email you the password.

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Media Picks Up On TIF Research

The TIF Illumination Project recently published its review of Chicago’s 2013 TIF activity.

Here is coverage and analysis from the International Business Times [they recently purchased Newsweek].

Lead organizer Tom Tresser was on Chicago Public Radio.

Tom was interviewed on WVON August 4, 2104 (29 minutes).

Extensive interview on the Heartland Institute’s August 7, 2014 podcast. http://tinyurl.com/Heartland-TIF-podcast