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TIFs Mon Dec 28 2009

Spending Secret Money in the South Loop

Chicago Journal editor Micah Maidenburg digs into a $59m South Loop TIF to find out just how the money there will be spent. One of the first, I imagine, of many such stories as the public turns their attention to the administration's "shadow budget".

Even as the Calumet-Cermak district faces its demise, the city is negotiating with an unnamed private entity for a future potential TIF-supported project in the Calumet and Cermak area.

The existence of that project was made public on a list the Chicago Reader obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and recently published online. The list, which the city has now posted to its Web site, shows various projects that tax increment financing dollars will fund or potentially fund through 2011.

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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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