2013 Chicago & Suburban Cook TIF Report

2013 TIF revenue in Chicago is down 7.65%, 2% dip in suburbs July 16, 2014 The Cook County Clerk’s office proud to announce new online TIF mapping tool On Wednesday, Cook County Clerk’s office and David Orr released the annual TIF report for Chicago and suburban Cook County. There are 435 active TIF districts in …

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Gov Quinn Signs Election Reform Bill

Governor Pat Quinn signed into law landmark legislation that expands voting opportunities throughout Illinois. The legislation will help encourage increased participation in elections and make registration and early voting processes more streamlined. Signing this legislation into law, shows Gov. Quinns commitment to increased participation and inclusion in our democracy to ensure everyone has an equal …

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Clerk Office unveils TIF information on tax bills, releases tax rates

Property tax bill TIF info for Cook / Chicago

Cook County property owners located in a tax increment financing district will now see how much of their tax bill is going into a TIF fund, Cook County Clerk David Orr announced Thursday as he released the 2013 tax rates. “When tax bills arrive soon in mailboxes, more than 200,000 property owners will have a …

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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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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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Voting Rights Should Be More Than a ‘Dream’

As we mark the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Dr. King’s legendary speech, it is disheartening to see elected officials still promoting laws to prevent mostly poor and minority Americans from voting. By requiring photo IDs in the polling place or proof of citizenship when registering, states …

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