Grassroots Collaborative and Raise Your Hand
v. City of Chicago


On April 17, 2019, two community-based organizations represented by Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights filed a lawsuit challenging the City of Chicago’s illegal approval of a huge private redevelopment plan for Lincoln Yards using up to $1.3 billion in public tax money generated through Tax Increment Financing (“TIF”). The lawsuit seeks to repeal the creation of the Cortland and Chicago River TIF District, and to force the City to reform its TIF process to be fair, lawful, and nondiscriminatory.


  • On September 16, 2019, a judge granted the City of Chicago’s motion to dismiss our complaint. We will be evaluating all legal options to address the court ruling and continue this challenge.

  • On July 3, the City filed a motion to dismiss our complaint with an accompanying brief. Read our response filed on August 2 here.

  • On June 19, 2019, we filed a motion seeking a preliminary injunction in circuit court to freeze the TIF from moving forward. Read the brief here and the motion here.


Learn about the case

Learn more about the basics of Tax Increment Financing and our lawsuit.


Read the complaint

Read the complaint filed on behalf of our plaintiffs.


Find media coverage

Find media coverage from a variety of local and national media outlets.


Can you help us win the fight for a more equitable TIF system?