Category Archives: Illumination Project

“Chicago Is Not Broke” Book On Sale!

Broke-cover-smallWow! We did it. Or, I should say – 200 of you did it. Because that’s how many people chipped in to our crowdfunding campaign. The book “Chicago Is Not Broke. Funding the City We Deserve” is now available for purchase! Click here to order. Books ship out every few days so your wait will be brief.

You can get a discount if you order five copies or more.  We’d LOVE to visit your organization, school or religious institution to do a presentation around the book and its ideas. Use the form below to contact us.

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“Chicago Is Not Broke” Book Crowdfunding Project Live!

The next stage in the evolution of the TIF Illumination Project is here! Help us raise funds to publish “Chicago Is Not Broke. Funding the City We Deserve.” We’ve got the authors all lined up. Will you pitch in so we can publish 5,000 copies?

CLICK HERE to support Chicago Is Not Broke. Funding the City We Deserve

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“TIF Atlas” Now On Sale!

Now you can own the data that has been driving the TIF Illumination Project all over the city for the past 18 months! Download your very own “TIF Atlas of Chicago Wards” at the TIF Data Store.

We’re using the new ward maps and you’ll see the shapes and names of all the TIF districts as well as the projects funded by TIFs IN EACH WARD. The projects are numbered and all you have to do is look to the appendix in the back of the Atlas to see the name, address, developer and amount of TIF dollars that went to that project. BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! We also plot on each ward map all the schools that were CLOSED or cut in 2013. In the back we list the closed schools and list all the cuts that we know of for each public school. More info: tom@civiclab.us.

TIFs of the 1st Ward
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