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Public Dollars, Private Development: Everything You Need to Know about TIFs

  • The Hideout 1354 West Wabansia Avenue Chicago, IL, 60642 United States (map)

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We’ll be opening the doors at 5:30 for some networking and introductions, but we'll begin the presentation promptly at 6pm. We will also be live streaming the workshop on Facebook at Community Law Project.

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Join us for a hands-on workshop on Tax Increment Financing (TIFs) at The Hideout, which sits at the heart of a proposed $5 billion mega-development called the Lincoln Yards TIF district. Like all TIFs, this proposal would divert taxpayer money into a fund that would help private developers build high rises, commercial buildings, and other projects in the area.

But this time, residents are demanding answers to some basic questions:

  • How do TIFs really work, and who decides if a TIF is created?

  • How does a TIF impact the neighborhood and the city as a whole?

  • How much input do residents get - the same residents whose taxes will be diverted in a TIF district?

  • Does Lincoln Yards really need public dollars to spur investment?

In the first part of our discussion, experts will explain how TIFs work in Chicago. In the second part, we’ll hear directly from community-led campaigns on TIFs around the city, and how you can get involved in making TIFs more fair, transparent, and equitable. This workshop is organized by Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, Chicago United for Equity (CUE), and Raise Your Hand Action.

This event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 5:30pm.