Taxes

  • My Property Tax Bill Is Defective—I Want a Refund!

    1 March 2012

    imagename Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on how local government has already lost money on the NATO summit, and more.

  • State Tax Break for the Merc Is More Laughable with Each Passing Day

    19 January 2012

    imagename Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on origin of the mythology around CME Group's tax-burden claim, and more.

  • Water + Sewers = Slush Fund

    10 November 2011

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on a beginner's guide to the city's budget document, and more.

  • Do the Math

    24 November 2010

    coinsInterview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky about how Cook County's property tax system pacifies the public, and more.

  • No White Knight, No Silver Bullet

    14 October 2010

    knightInterview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on how to remedy the over-reliance on property taxes, and more.

  • Cook County Needs Cojones

    21 January 2010

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the scripting of Joint Board of Review meetings, and more.

  • Transparency in Action

    19 November 2009

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on why Oak Park Senator Harmon might carry water for Mayor Daley, and more.

  • October surprise: a tax attacks

    5 November 2009

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on unpacking a sample property-tax bill, and more.

  • The Shadow Budget

    22 October 2009

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on what the "TIF sunshine" ordinance leaves in the dark, and more.

  • Who'll Decide How Much You Pay?

    15 October 2009

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on whether Cook County property-taxpayers need the Board of Review, and more.

  • Ready, Set, Hike

    3 September 2009

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on why city officials constantly restate the effects of tax-increment financing, and more.

  • Still No Property Tax Bill for the Park Grill

    16 July 2009

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the kinds of deals that the Chicago Park District has with on-premises restaurants, and more.

  • University Village: The Story's Not Finished

    28 May 2009

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on why Chicago's newspapers don't report on TIF districts, and more.

  • Out the Window

    18 December 2008

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on whether city managers monitor TIF agreements, and more.

  • October Surprise

    9 October 2008

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on how and why you might become a Constitutional Convention delegate, and more.

  • Apparently money does grow on trees

    10 April 2008

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the single dumbest move the Park District has made, and more.

  • A Zell of a deal

    3 January 2008

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on whetherl the Cubs' owners will get the same (huge) tax break as the the Sox' owners, and more.

  • The Madigan effect

    29 November 2007

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on demystifying the process for appealing property-tax assessments, and more.

  • The true TIF tally

    22 November 2007

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on learn how to discover exactly how much of one's taxes get siphoned off to Tax Increment Financing districts, and more.

  • TIFs for dummies

    1 November 2007

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on how tax-increment financing districts get gerrymandered, and more.

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