Entries by GRCAdmin

Job Posting: Campaign Director

We are seeking an experienced and talented community or labor organizer. The campaign director will support and develop Chicago organizing staff and potential interns, help craft overall strategy, as well as lead a planning process with our member and allied organizations that explores the adoption of a climate justice lens and strategy to our economic […]

Statement: Building Real Equity in the TIF Program Requires Community Engagement, Not Clouted Corporate Firms

CHICAGO – Grassroots Collaborative is a labor community coalition that has been working to reform the TIF program for over a decade. Yesterday, Grassroots Collaborative, along with our co-plaintiff Illinois Raise Your Hand for Public Education, appealed the trial court decision in our lawsuit against the City of Chicago over the creation of the TIF […]

Budget Address Statement: Chicago is Not Broke, the City’s Priorities Are

Grassroots Collaborative Response to Mayor Lightfoot’s Budget Address Chicago, IL – The following is a statement from Amisha Patel, Executive Director of Grassroots Collaborative on Mayor Lightfoot’s budget address. “We hoped that Mayor Lightfoot would choose to work with parents, teachers, and community leaders to end the Tale of Two Cities that has plagued Chicago […]

Statement: Community Groups Vow to Continue Fighting Broken TIFs Despite Court Ruling

CHICAGO – A judge has granted the City of Chicago’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights on behalf of  Grassroots Collaborative and Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education over the creation of a new TIF district for the Lincoln Yards […]

A Budget to #ReimagineChicago for 2020 and Beyond

For the past decade, Chicago has displaced and over-policed Black and Brown families, and starved the city’s working people of the resources they need to live and thrive. Black, Brown and working families overpay through a discriminatory use of fines, fees, and property taxes while corporate developers receive massive handouts for projects that displace residents. […]

Huge TIF Revenues Sign of Program’s Failure Not Success

A new report released on Wednesday by the Cook County Clerk showed a record breaking $1.2 billion in TIF funds collected this year. TIF (Tax Increment Financing) money comes from property taxes in designated areas of the city. Originally the program was intended to help blighted neighborhoods struggling to attract investment – areas like Garfield […]

Statement: Grassroots Collaborative Lauds House Passage of Fair Tax

CHICAGO – On Tuesday, the Illinois House passed the Fair Tax Constitutional Amendment. The following is a statement by Grassroots Collaborative Executive Director Amisha Patel. “The passage of the Fair Tax Amendment in the House is great news for Illinois working families that have for far to long been burdened by the state’s outdated regressive […]

How Chicago City Council Should Choose Committee Chairmanships

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. […]