David Orr response to Sun-Times editorial – Chuy’s floating blimp springs a leak

By David Orr, Co-Chair of Garcia for Chicago Mayoral Campaign in response Sun-Times editorial: Chuy’s floating blimp springs a leak The owners of the Sun-Times have made it clear that Chicago should solve its financial crisis by slashing pensions, jobs, and benefits — without a policy to share the pain or gain — and certainly …

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Illinois is a leader in expanding voter access

Tuesday, October 13th, 2014 4:15 PM State Sen. Don Harmon & Cook County Clerk David Orr Around the country, voter suppression battles are raging. But here at home, Illinois is leading the charge for voter rights and expanding ballot access. We’re guided by a simple concept: Our democracy is always stronger when more people participate. …

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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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2014 Ballot lottery positions for Illinois

Democratic candidates running in the November 4, 2014 Gubernatorial Election will take the top spot on the ballot in Cook County. Their card was picked in a ballot position lottery held by Cook County Clerk David Orr on Tuesday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HhohUMPcBM David Orr and the Director of Elections Noah Praetz, folded two note cards – one …

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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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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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