Marriage Equality for All

Marriage equality will now be the law of the land, and there is no turning back! I am thrilled that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of marriage equality, agreeing with the majority of Americans that same-sex couples throughout the United States should enjoy the right to marry. Justice delayed is justice denied. …

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Truth about TIFs in Chicago & exposing pay to play politics

Truth about TIF or Tax increment financing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMLMHBzvq5M TIF stands for Tax Increment Financing. It is something that has become very big in Chicago and is a creative economic tool. The problem in Chicago, is that it has unfortunately been misused. You have to understand what TIF money is. It is tax increment financing, that is …

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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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