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in the House is great news for Illinois working families that have for far to long been burdened by the state’s outdated regressive […]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