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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David Orr’s WBEZ interview on gay marriage

Listen to Cook County Clerk David Orr’s interview on WBEZ below. [audio:https://www.davidorr.org/orr/wp-content/uploads/same-sex-marriage-interview.mp3] “I am thrilled the Illinois House today passed marriage equality, and I eagerly await the Senate’s seal of approval and Governor Quinn’s signature. “Same-sex couples throughout the state will at long last be able to declare their legally-recognized commitment to each other within …

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