Raise Up IL Statement on Passage of Illinois State Budget

Groups Pushing for Racial Equity and Growth of Illinois Economy Laud Inclusion of Corporate Loophole Closures in State Budget Chicago, IL – On Monday, May 31st, both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly voted to approve the 2022 state budget including closing $655 million in corporate tax loopholes used by Illinois’s wealthiest corporations to avoid paying their fair share. This budget provides for significant new investments in Read more

What we saw in the streets of Chicago last night

Last night, we drove downtown to provide rides to young people who were trapped, due to Mayor Lightfoot’s sudden declaration of a curfew, and lock down of the loop. As we drove down Roosevelt to get to the South Loop to get to the safe space where youth had gathered for safety and safe transport, I passed hundreds of other young people, Black and Brown walking and sometimes running to get away from downtown. I saw young Black and Brown people Read more

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 district for Lincoln Yards, and the history of discriminatory uses of TIF favoring affluent Read more

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 for generations but that is not the choice we see her making in this Read more

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 tax system. It is fundamentally unfair for teachers and service workers to pay the same tax rate as Read more