David Orr’s Chicago TIF proposal sparks discussion in the media

David Orr's TIF reform proposal helps Chicago Public Schools and costs taxpayers nothing

PHOTO: NANCY STONE/CHICAGO TRIBUNE Recent article from the Chicago Magazine.  Full article can be found here. Last week David Orr, the Cook County Clerk who’s long been a constructive critic of how the city deals with its tax-increment finance districts, made a couple new suggestions for additional reforms of the TIF program. One’s new, the …

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Interview with Ben Joravsky on old Chicago machine politics and new TIF reforms

TIF reforms in chicago and old Chicago machine politics

PHOTO: RICH HEIN/SUN-TIMES MEDIA Talking TIFs and old Chicago Politics with Ben Joravsky @joravben. In honor of his 35th year as an elected official, Cook County clerk David Orr did what he does best: he irritated the hell out of a powerful mayor. In this case, the mayor was Rahm Emanuel, though in the past it’s …

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TIF Reform in Chicago worth at least $44 Million a year

With pension tax vote looming, David Orr urges new debate on TIFs in Chicago. “Chicago homeowners are being asked to pay more for pensions without receiving any additional services while corporations and private interests in TIF districts continue to reap their rewards,” Orr said. “I believe there is a way to restructure TIF funds to ease …

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David Orr press conference on Illinois marriage equality

Today, my office was finally able to start issuing marriage licenses to all couples, regardless of sexual orientation. It was a thrill to take part in this historic day. Every day that justice was delayed was a day that justice was denied. Here are some photos of those who got their marriage licenses today. Marriage …

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Voter Registration in Cook County

Candidate filing closed Monday for the March 18 Illinois primary election, but regardless of the names on the ballot I can offer this prediction: Turnout will be disappointing. Take the last midterm primary in 2010, which featured hot races for U.S. Senate and governor, yet only drew 26 percent of registered voters in Cook County. …

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