The following is an open letter to Mayor Lightfoot and the Chicago City Council: Dear Mayor-Elect Lightfoot & Chicago City Council, We, the undersigned community organizations, are committed to working to pass policies to help low-income and working-class communities of color whose needs have long been ignored in favor of the wealthy and politically connected. […]
By bringing together organizations across movements, especially labor and community, we
have built a broad and deep base necessary for fighting the corporate interests working against all of our constituencies.
On Wednesday, outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel and a lame duck City Council approved the $2.3 billion dollar taxpayer handout to mega-developers Sterling Bay and Related Midwest. This action reinforces what many of us have been saying for years – we have to fundamentally change the way that Chicago utilizes TIF dollars. As City Council moved […]
On Wednesday, despite an outpouring of public opposition, Chicago City Council voted to approve two new megaTIF districts that will impact Chicago for decades to come. Grassroots Collaborative has worked for years to stop the abuses of the TIF program and helped lead a diverse coalition in opposition to the Lincoln Yards and the 78 […]
Grassroots Collaborative Statement on the Postponed Vote for Lincoln Yards and the 78 MegaTIFs CHICAGO – On Tuesday, responding to mounting pressure from a diverse coalition of community organizations, Aldermen, Aldermen-elect, and Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot, Finance Committee Chairman Patrick O’Connor postponed the vote on the Lincoln Yards and 78 MegaTIFs. The following is a statement […]