Tax Increment Financing Districts have been in the news lately.
Just WHAT are TIFs?
HOW do they work and how MANY of them are there?
Do they HELP or HURT the city?
Tom Tresser, the co-founder of the CivicLab and the lead organizer of the TIF Illumination Project, will break it all down in this informative and - yes - engaging and strangely entertaining workshop. Learn what over 2,000 other Chicagoans have learned from the TIF Illumination workshops done all over the city!
This session will go past the TIF basics covered in previous workshops and will focus on how to help communities organize to impact the TIF districts that in their area.
$10. Attendees must register via EventBrite @ http://tif-201-1-28-14.eventbrite.com. All proceeds go to support the operation of the CivicLab. Making democracy.
The Nation recently profiled our work in a cover story entitled "Chicago Rising!" The author said "Chicago is where the spreadsheets are meeting the streets -- and changing the face of politics in the city." Join us to learn why and how this is happening.
What attendeesat previous sessions have said...
“I just wanted to say thank you for the fantastic class last night. I learned a ton of new and disturbing information. I learned about Civic Lab while taking a class during the Chicago Ideas Week and I am looking forward to more classes! Thanks so much for creating such a wonderful organization and I look forward to seeing you speak at other events.” – John D.
“Illuminating and impressive presentation on TIFs in Chicago/Cook County las night. I thought I was up to speed, but proceeded to have my mind further blown on the lack of transparency and accountability. Highly recommend checking out The CivicLab Chicago. Thanks to Tom and the team there!” – Cory Jaffe
"The TIF 101 Class was AWESOME!!!! It is information that everyone should know. I hope that you will consider publishing that booklet that you presented. It would sell like wild fire!" -Dr. Carmen L. C. Palmer, Founding President, Educational Village Keepers