Neighbors continue organizing local TIF Town Meetings – Washington Park Next!
William – Join us in Washington Park on Saturday, March 16 at 10:00am for a citizen-powered TIF forum, “Let’s Talk TIF!” This forum is being organized by We The People and The TIF Ad Hoc Committee of the Washington Park Coummunity Group, and grew out of the TIF Town Meeting we helped organize on February 12 at the Chopin Theatre. That meeting was SRO with over 220 people attending! Now groups of neighbors from all over the city are organizing TIF meetings. They want answers. If YOU would like to organize a TIF forum in your ward, please email

March 16, Washington Park (20th Ward), Washington Park Field House, Egyptian Room, 5531 South King Drive, Info = 773-493-0754,, Facebook RSVP =
March 30, South Shore (7th Ward), South Shore High School, 7500 South Jeffrey, Facebook RSVP =
April 6, Avondale Community (8th, 9th Wards), Governors State University, 9501 South King Drive, Facebook RSVP =


Come Play With Us @ Democracy Burlesque on March 12!
CivicLab co-founder Tom Tresser will re-vist his theater roots when he goes ONSTAGE with the Democracy Burlesque crew on Tuesday, March 12 as part of their current show, “World of Class Warfare” at 7:00pm. Tom will talk TIFs! The best thing? CivicLab will get part of the door, so bring ALL your friends! The show is at Mary’s Attic 5400 N. Clark Street, Chicago. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE. USE THE PROMO CODE M12CIVICLAB AND CIVICLAB WILL GET AN EXTRA BONUS!
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Get Poster of 12 TIFs in the 27th Ward!
Would you like your very own copy of the four-color graphic poster that explains the results of the TIF Illumination Project’s research into the 12 TIFs that are inside the 27th Ward? Sure you would. Suitable for framing, it’s available for download here. The poster was designed by graphic designer Carlyn So.This is NEW information NEVER before reported. We explained it and distributed it at the February 12 TIF Town Meeting.


Want To Help Organize A TIF Meeting In The 47th Ward?
Did you know there are six TIFs in the 47th Ward? The Addison Corridor North has only 2% of it’s mass in the 47th but the Addison South TIF is 100% inside the ward. In 2011 it extracted $673,976 from the ward. You’ll never guess how much money was left in the Addison South TIF bank account at the end of 2011. Was it (A) $1 million, (B) $2 million, (C) $4 million, or (D) $6 million. Tweet us @tifreport and we’ll Tweet you the answer. IF YOU WANT TO HELP ORGANIZE A TIF TOWN MEETING FOR THE 47th WARD, CONTACT CLAYTON JIRAK, CJIRAK21@GMAIL.COM

Live In A TIF? Send Us Your Tax Bill
If you live in a TIF district we’d like to see a copy of your property tax bill. Scan it and email it to You can block out private information or we can do it for you. Here’s how you can discover if you live in a TIF district.

Sign Our Petition – Put TIF Info On Property Tax Bills
It’s pretty simple. If you own a property in a TIF district in the state of Illinois, then some of your property taxes are being sucked up by the TIF. How much? If they can collect it, they can sure as heck SHOW IT on your property tax bill. Sign our online petition here and send the link to ALL your friends and family.

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