Entries by GRCAdmin

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in the House is great news for Illinois working families that have for far to long been burdened by the state’s outdated regressive […]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. […]

Time to #ReimagineChicago

We need to transform Chicago into a city that works for everybody through targeted community investment, expansion, and protection of affordable housing, police accountability, jobs programs, and progressive revenue. Read the full#ReimagineChicago platform here. Below are five stories from residents across the city about why it is so important that we #ReimagineChicago. The testimonies in […]

Instead of Subsidizing Sterling Bay We Should Be Taxing Them

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 […]

No Votes About Lincoln Yards and the 78 Until New Mayor and City Council Take Office

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 […]

What is Your Message #ToChiNextMayor?

The upcoming election is an opportunity to reimagine the future of this city. We want all of the candidates running for Mayor to understand the damage that the previous Daley and Emanuel administrations have done to our community and what Chicago needs to do differently so our neighborhoods can thrive. Let us know what your […]