"Outraged" Aldermen Demand Hearings On $55 Million Navy Pier TIF TransferAn investigation by the BGA and Crain’s Chicago Business found $55 million in TIF money meant for a hotel project was diverted to Navy Pier.
Aldermen Want To Reinstate "Head Tax," Use TIF Surplus To Bail Out CPSSeveral aldermen, activists, and others have pushed their own plan to bail out the cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools.
Aldermen Upset At Lack Of Contact From CPS As June 1 Closing NearsAn ordinance to send surplus TIF money to CPS whenever the district is in financial distress remained bottled up in committee.
Aldermen Hold Off On Plan To Overhaul TIF RulesA City Council committee has delayed an effort to tighten the rules for the city’s often-criticized tax increment financing system.
Parents, Elected Officials Want Mayor To Use TIF Money To Avert Teachers' StrikeSarah Ma, a parent and local school council member at Alexander Graham Bell Elementary School, pleaded with the mayor’s office to support an ordinance that would require uncommitted tax increment financing money to go back to CPS in times of financial distress.
Activist Protest TIF Funds For Planned Uptown High-Rise DevelopmentAbout fifty activists marched from the site of a planned high-rise development in the Uptown neighborhood that would get $16 million in tax Increment financing dollars to the mayor's house to demand he put a stop to the deal, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.
Lawmakers Propose Using TIF Cash For Chicago Schools In Wake Of Takeover PlanChicago stockpiles "tax increment financing" dollars in special redevelopment zones. Could some of the cash bail out CPS?
5 Years In Prison For Serial Con Man Who Scammed RiverdaleJohn Thomas felt invincible, his attorney said. He wore wires and helped the feds put powerful politicos in prison. He used drugs, guzzled four bottles of wine a day and claimed he could take down an entire bottle of vodka without feeling drunk.