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$1 Trillion

By | Celeste Meiffren
Field Director

To break through the ideological divide that has dominated Washington this past year and offer a pathway to address the nation’s fiscal problems, the National Taxpayers Union and Illinois PIRG joined together to identify mutually acceptable deficit reduction.

Do you live in a TIF District?

By | Celeste Meiffren
Field Director

Want to know if you live in a TIF district?

The Cook County Clerk, David Orr, has a TIF property search function on his website to let people know, not only if their property is within a TIF district, but also how much of their property taxes goes to the TIF.

Lessons from the parking meter deal

By | Celeste Meiffren
Field Director

Chicago Reader writer Mick Dumke's story yesterday, "Rahm Emanuel's shifting views of the parking meter deal," provides a detailed time line of how Mayor Emanuel has changed his tune time and time again in regards to the parking meter deal. First, he admits that it was a bad deal, but claims that it's too late to do anything. Then, as the election gets into high gear, he says that the deal should be renegotiated. Then, most recently, during his interview on "Chicago Tonight" last week, he said that the parking meter deal "offends him," but there is nothing to be done about it.

Wait, what is TIF?

By | Celeste Meiffren
Field Director

I was at a BBQ this weekend for Labor Day and a friend of mine told me that she had been reading 'Tax Dollars and Sense,' but was embarrassed because she had no idea what tax increment financing is. That's understandable.

So, in an effort to hold up the "sense" part of this blog, here is a quick breakdown of what a TIF is and how it works.

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