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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