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TIFs Tue Jul 21 2009

Fix Wilson Yards Group Ready for New Suit

Chitown Daily News is reporting that the Fix Wilson Yard community group, which organized itself around resistance to the massive development that has been in the works and under construction for years now, is ready to file another lawsuit against the city and the developer:

Judge Mary Rochford on Friday granted a request by residents group Fix Wilson Yard to file a new lawsuit against the City of Chicago and Holsten Real Estate, the developer of the project that will feature a Target store, office space and housing for low-income families and seniors.

"We're trying to accomplish the same thing we've been trying to accomplish since the beginning, which is to stop the wasting of taxpayer dollars," says Thomas Ramsdell, Fix Wilson Yard's attorney. "My clients are as motivated as ever."

Ramsdell said Fix Wilson Yard will file the lawsuit next Friday.

The original lawsuit filed by Fix Wilson Yard in December 2008 accused the city of wrongfully establishing a tax increment financing district to fund the project. 

TIFs allow taxpayer dollars to be used to develop blighted areas. The group also accused the city of violating the state Open Meetings Act, among other allegations.

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Parents Still Steaming, but About More Than Just Boilers

By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...


Substance, Not Style, the Source of Rahm's Woes

By Ramsin Canon / 2 Comments

It's not surprising that some of Mayor Emanuel's sympathizers and supporters are confusing people's substantive disputes with the mayor as the effect of poor marketing on his part. It's exactly this insular worldview that has gotten the mayor in hot... More...

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