“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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TIFs + Schools in Illinois

JSBM-cover Check out Tom Tresser’s article in the Fall 2014 issue of The Journal of School Business Management on “Tax Increment Financing in Illinois.” This piece was aimed at all the Chief Financial Officers of school districts across Illinois and America!

Starting in 2015 the TIF Illumination Project will Illuminate entire school districts just like we’ve done for 30 wards across Chicago! Contact [email protected] for more details.

11th Ward Illuminated

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.

11th ward full house-web About 60 people packed the community room at the First Trinity Lutheran Church on 31st Street. You can see the Twitter comments if you search for #11taxtricks. The event was partially sponsored by Friends of Maureen Sullivan, who is running for alderman. Read coverage in Progress Illinois and DNAinfo Chicago.

Here’s what one attendee, Ve Castillo, posted online: “Thank you Thomas Tresser (CivicLab) and Daniel Eugene Pugh-Barnett for the eye-opening experience regarding TIFs in the 11th Ward. Unbelievable and still in awe.”

You can see part of the presentation:

To download the entire deck, including the particulars of the 11th ward, visit the TIF Data Store.

To find out more about our TIF training, research and community meetings email us at [email protected]