2 days ago

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Where Did the Tens of Millions of Dollars in 11th Ward TIF Money Go?

The City’s TIF program has syphoned tens of millions of dollars out of the 11th Ward in the form of higher property taxes and rents. But where did it go? It certainly did not go to curbing the festering urban blight along the Halsted business corridor, its intended purpose. So where did our tens of millions of dollars go?
Here are some important and interesting facts about how the City Council creating Chicago’s TIF program:

1. If two TIF districts...

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The City’s TIF program has syphoned tens of millions of dollars out of the 11th Ward in the form of higher property taxes and rents. But where did it go? It certainly did not go to curbing the festering urban blight along the Halsted business corridor, its intended purpose. So where did our tens of millions of dollars go?
Here are some important and interesting facts about how the City Council creating Chicago’s TIF program:

1. If two TIF districts share a border money from one TIF can transfer to the other TIF.
2. If the second TIF shares a border with yet another TIF the money can continue transferring.
3. All South-Side TIF Districts share at least one border with another TIF district.
4. By this bizarre mechanism the increases in your property taxes and/or rent can be used to build the controversial $1.1 billion DePaul arena.

For more information about 11th Ward TIFs and how our politicians are abusing the program join us on Thursday, December 4 @ The First Trinity Lutheran Church Community Room 643 W. 31st Street 7:00pm to 9:00pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/484372715038029/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

  • Tom Tresser is the real TIF scholar. Contact him for a presentation on YOUR ward's TIF situation.

    http://www.tifreports.com/

    Be sure to donate as well, it is an all volunteer project.

  • The actual term for the money transfers is "porting," as in developers are exporting our taxes from one location to the next. It was intended to help build the capital for developing severally blighted neighborhoods. How the DePaul Entertainment District falls into that category is beyond me. Does anyone know how the City Council justifies this behavior?

4 hours ago

Happy Birthday Maureen!

Do you know what Maureen Sullivan wants for her birthday? She wants trash cans on Halsted. She wants clean viaducts. She wants responsive government, business development, and high quality public schools. I can't figure out how to get her any of those things, but she can.

Today is Maureen's birthday and she is delivering her petitions to the board of elections, and in February she will appear on the ballot as a candidate for 11th ward alderman. As alderman, Maureen...

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Do you know what Maureen Sullivan wants for her birthday? She wants trash cans on Halsted. She wants clean viaducts. She wants responsive government, business development, and high quality public schools. I can't figure out how to get her any of those things, but she can.

Today is Maureen's birthday and she is delivering her petitions to the board of elections, and in February she will appear on the ballot as a candidate for 11th ward alderman. As alderman, Maureen has promised to fight for a better 11th ward. She has plans to bring solar compactors, clean up the viaducts and work with the community to bring responsive government and more businesses to our community. I may not be able to fulfill her wish list, but I can help her fulfill it for all of us. Today is Maureen Sullivan's birthday and I would like to suggest a very appropriate gift.

If you are able, I would like to suggest making a donation today to Maureen's campaign. Here is a convenient link http://ow.ly/EMLrn

I happen to know that every little bit counts, and gets us closer to fulfilling all of Maureen's birthday wishes... for all of us!

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3 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Chinese Restaurant on 38th and Archer

Throws grease down the sewer in the alley. Disgusting.

  • If you are talking about Chop Suey Loh. I delivered for them for years. They have a grease contraption used for grease out in the alley. One of THE most cleanest restaurant I have ever worked for and it's a see through kitchen.

  • i do my best not to support anybody that willfully wrecks the environment. we need lake michigan more than any one thing out there. it keeps millions of people alive.

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40 hours ago

57% of the 11th Ward Is In a TIF District, yet the Money Is Not Being Spent In the 11th Ward

57% of the 11th Ward is in a TIF District, yet there are dozens of vacant properties and weed-choked lots along the Halsted Business Corridor*

The new 11th Ward configuration includes: Canaryville, Bridgeport, Pilsen and University Village. If you live in these neighborhoods your taxes are not being used to support your community.

(*source: http://www.civiclab.us/tif_illumination_project)

2 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

PAYMENT

Dose any body know how long it takes to get your payment when you sever as election judge

Nov 14

Updated 46 hours ago

Restaurant recommendations

Just moved to McKinley Park, anyone have recommendations for decent restaurants in the area to check out or order-in from? Any to stay away from? Social or community groups to check into?

  • Jeanne Marie Mondrella-Keating Real Esate Broker and Chicago Highrise Rep, Jeanne

    I also don't see the gap and/or differences with language barrier. I love going to all different authentic restaurants and even if I don't speak the language, the people are so nice and I usually ask them to pick for me with their favorites -- never been disappointed either! People are good -- especially when they know you are interested in their cultures as well as food.

  • A little more further south by Brighton. Paco Taco's, Frank's Shrimp, Leon's BBQ. There is Cafe Meson on Kedzie. Try Pizza Castle for delivery. They opened a Zaytune on 35th and Western.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

SRO Building on 38th and Archer

This building has 20+ units. The number of garbage cans cannot support the tenants. A building on this size should have a dumpster. It's mouse season. I live next door to the building and am concerned.

  • Bonasera Pro communist pro euthanasia

    ? I'm trying to picture this building? Where is it exactly? It's not the 3 or 4 flat that was converted into individual rooms, and has a bunch of ppl living there...

  • It is across from the gas station and Laundromat. No fence.

2 days ago

McKinley Ice Rink

McKinley Park Ice Rink opens November 28th. Cartoon Skate and Blackhawks clinics coming up. http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/facilities/ice-rinks/

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2 days ago

CTA Holiday Train, Orange Line

The holiday train is coming to McKinley Park, December 3-6. See schedule for more details. http://www.transitchicago.com/holidaytrain/#schedule

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Cigar tubes?

I am looking for a few (1 or 2 dozen) metal / aluminum cigar tubes, any ideas?

  • C. W. concerned home owner

    A few years ago, I needed cigar boxes and went to a tobacco shop. One store gave me boxes for free and another wanted to charge me for them. So if you go to a tobacco store just ask one of the people who work there. Good luck.

3 days ago

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5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

CTA Archer Garage former site

Good morning! Does anyone know what might be going at the old Archer Garage site at Pershing and Archer and 38th. I saw new sidewalks poured recently.

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Attempting kidnapping-CPD does not care

My daughter was walking to school at 4:50 pm to go see basketball game and when she was approached by two men in Gray SUV told her get into vehicle One was in the driver side and one was in the back passenger side it was in the corner of Pershing and kedize daughter ran to Davis school and talk to office personnel they called police and still waiting for them to show up its now 6:43pm wife it's on hold CPD.

  • was thinking about the chicago police. i"ve always thought that the CAPS program is what really helped us the most. and the officers themselves were great. it seems thou that the funding for that program has been cut over the last few years. they dont have the resources to support a good program. that is policy that comes from the top. what ever the big vision from our leaders is, it isn't working.

  • archer and kedzie archer and kedzie

    I got a letter from Davis about this incident and it really concerns me I hope somethings done about it. Thankfully she's ok

3 days ago

$1.39 Billion in TIF Account but the City Claims a $636 Million Budget Deficit

"...at the end of 2011, there was $1.39 billion left in the TIF bank accounts yet the City claimed a budget deficit of $636 million at the start of 2012.

For more information about TIF and how 11th Ward politicians are abusing this program join us on Thursday, December 4 @ The First Trinity Lutheran Church Community Room 643 W. 31st Street 7:00pm to 9:00pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/484372715038029/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

4 days ago

DC think tank says Chicago pension crisis fueled by TIFs

Did you read this article in the Gazette? This is maddening!

http://www.gazettechicago.com/index/2014/10/dc-think-tank-says-chicago-pension-crisis-fueled-by-tifs/

For more information about TIF and how they are effecting the 11th Ward Join us on Thursday, December 4 @

The First Trinity Lutheran Church
Community Room
643 W. 31st Street
7:00pm to 9:00pm

When we Illuminate the TIFs of the 11th Ward!

https://www.facebook.com/events/484372715038029/

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Nov 15

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    PARKING LOT & SITE IMPROVEMENTS FOR AN EXISTING K-9 CHARTER SCHOOL - HORIZON SCIENCE ACADAMY AT MCKINLEY PARK, PER PLANS. PER ISSUED FOR INSPECTIONS PURPOSES ONLY.

    2245 W. Pershing Rd. Issued November 13, 2014 Comment

Nov 14

For sale

Selling used baby furniture...it's in great condition...check out craigslist post below...any questions please ask...thanks!!

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/bab/4757152169.html

Nov 14

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Nov 12

Updated Nov 13

Pete DeMay Taking on Ald. George Cardenas (12th) With Progressive Platform

"Not everyone's a TIF scholar but they know a lot of TIF money is going Downtown ... I just feel that, you know, we have to fight to prioritize youth recreation and jobs programs. We can pay for these things now or pay later" with high poverty and costly incarceration, he said.

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141112/mckinley-park/pete-demay-taking-on-ald-george-cardenas-12th-with-progressive-platform

  • Justin K. McKinley Parker since 2008, south sider since 1998

    I have met Pete and am fully behind him for alderman: He's a longtime McKinley Park resident and represents a better choice than Cardenas, who is little more than a loyal rubber-stamp for whatever the Daley/Rahm administration wants to do.

  • A union organizer for low-income Latino workers, DeMay staked out his platform on issues like raising the minimum wage to $15, calling for a moratorium on new charter schools and backing an elected school board. He's anti-TIF and pro-marijuana legalization. His platform is laid out on his campaign website.

    "Look, I'm either going to get elected on this platform or I'm not. But let's at least have the conversation about where [our neighborhoods] need to go," Pete DeMay said.

  • denise b concerned citizen

    Like this guy. He has my vote.

Nov 13

Gift of Good Health FREE Flu Shot Giveaway

I am honored to partner with Walgreen's & area faith-based institutions to provide FREE flu shots to all area residents, regardless of citizenship, income or insurance. Walgreen's pharmacists will be on hand after all services this Sunday, November 16th, to administer shots to area residents. For more information, please call 773-823-1539.

Nov 13

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Nov 11

Looking for a reasonably priced clothes tailor

We are looking for a reasonably prices clothes tailor in Brighton Park. Please respond with contact info if you know of someone skilled with a needle! thanks!

Nov 11

Home Mortgage Counseling & CEDA information

15th Ward Residents are welcome to attend a FREE home mortgage counseling, buyer information & energy assistance informational workshop today at 2736 W. 47th Street from 5:00p-8:00p sponsored by my office in conjunction with AGORA Community Services & CEDA/CDG Marketing. For more information please contact my office at 773-823-1539

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