TIF

  • Uptown Turns Down a TIF Deal—For the Moment

    16 June 2011

    imagenameInterview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the difference between a tax-increment financing district's budget and the amount of tax dollars it diverts, and more.

  • An Open Letter to Our Next Schools Chief

    5 May 2011

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on why using tax-increment financing to build new schools works against the school system's interests, and more.

  • TIF Gifts Just Keep on Giving

    28 April 2011

    imagenameInterview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on alternatives to tax-increment financing of well-endowed institutions, and more.

  • The Merc's Manual

    2 December 2010

    accountantInterview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on tax-increment financing's cloak of invisibility, 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.

  • The Poor Pay Again

    18 November 2010

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on how TIF subsidies attract development investors, and more.

  • The Hot New Issue

    30 September 2010

    hotdogInterview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on how Mike Quigley opened the floodgates to scrutiny of tax-increment financing, and more.

  • Go On, Smash It

    19 August 2010

    piggy-bankInterview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on whether the Daley administration's really lied about tax-increment financing, and more.

  • A TIF Under the Microscope

    14 July 2010

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on why Chicago's inspector general audited tax-increment financing, and more.

  • The Armies Are Gathering

    17 June 2010

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky about the father of tax-increment financing activism, and more.

  • The Battle Before the War

    10 June 2010

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on whether unions should focus on company policy, worker benefits, or both, and more.

  • Learning to Say No

    3 June 2010

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on when schools lower property values, and more.

  • Who Wins in Daley's TIF Game

    20 May 2010

    gamblingInterview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on tax-increment financing's fundamental flaw, and how to fix it, and more.

  • Check the Thermostat in Hell

    5 May 2010

    hellInterview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the typical Chicagoan's phases of TIF understanding, and more.

  • It Pays To Have An Alderman In Your Pocket

    18 February 2010

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on how much tax revenue the city expects the Galewood/Armitage TIF District to take in, 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.

  • It Doesn't Take Much to Be a Maverick

    17 December 2009

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on how to access the City Council's live video stream, and more.

  • Shedding Light on the Shadow Budget

    10 December 2009

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on when logic fails in figuring how the city apportions TIF revenues, and more.

  • The Insider

    26 November 2009

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on Michael Scott as divine intervention, 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.