The TIF Illumination Project
The TIF Illumination Project (http://www.tifreports.com), which uses data mining, graphic visualization and community organizing to investigate and explain TIFs on a ward-by-ward basis in a wholly new and user friendly way. We helped organize and presented at a TIF Town Meeting on February 12 at the Chopin Theater that was attended by over 220 people! See http://tifalliance.weebly.com/pressdocumentation html for media coverage and my own presentation materials. The direct link is http://tinyurl.com/27thWardForumPresentation. See the attached PDF of the poster-size graphic that explains our investigation of the 12 TIFs inside the 27th Ward. We distributed hundreds of copies of this graphic at that forum.
At the Town Meeting we did break out sessions on organizing and got people to caucus by regions of the city to meet one another and to talk about doing their own town meetings. We want everyone to know what TIFs are really doing to their communities. The result has been overwhelming. So far some 800 people have attended these workshops since February 12. Each forum is organized by a different group of citizens from that community. Each ward TIF forum (or “Illumination,” as we call it) gets its own customize graphic poster.
- Here are the recent and upcoming TIF Town Meetings - http://tifreports.com/tif-town-meetings.
- March 6 -- Englewood -- 6th Ward -- Details @ http://tinyurl.com/TIF-Forum-March-9
- March 16 -- Washington Park -- 20th Ward -- http://tinyurl.com/TIF-Forum-March-16
- March 30 -- South Shore -- 7th Ward -- http://tinyurl.com/TIF-Forum-March-30
- April 6 -- Chatham Community -- 8th, 9th Wards -- http://tinyurl.com/TIF-Forum-April-6
- April 11 -- Uptown -- 46th ward -- http://tinyurl.com/TIF-Forum-April-11
- May 4 - Englewood Neighborhood TIF -- http://tinyurl.com/TIF-Forum-May-4
- May 13 -- Hyde Park -- 4th Ward -- http://tinyurl.com/TIF-Forum-May-13
- June 5 -- Bridgeport & McKinley Park -- 11th, 12th Wards -- http://tinyurl.com/TIF-Forum-June-5
- June 11 – West Rogers Park – 50th Ward - http://tinyurl.com/TIF-Forum-June-11
- July 1 – Rogers Park – 49th Ward - http://tinyurl.com/TIF-Present-7-1
When Illuminate the TIFs inside a ward we reveal:
- How much property taxes were sucked out of the ward by each of the TIFs JUST FROM INSIDE THE WARD BORDERS
- Where TIF $ were spent in the ward up to 2010
- How many property tax dollars were sitting the accounts of those in-ward TIFs at the start of 2012 that CAME FROM THE WARD
- How much TIF $ were given in SBIF and NIP grants in the ward
- A map and graphic poster showing all this and more
This information is not available from any other source, public or private.