About the TIF, Housing and Gentrification Campaign
TIF/Give Us Our Money Back, aims at larger issues of fiscal equity and economic development opportunities by advocating for spending priorities relevant to the largest number of Pilsen residents.
The TIF Campaign is focused on addressing the inequities promoted by current Tax Increment Financing, created by an upside-down understanding of the purposes of this economic development tool. Pilsen has had an industrial TIF since 1998, but since then, an overwhelming share of the funds have gone to private projects benefitting a small number of people. Our goal is to secure a portion of the funds currently in the TIF to be invested in economic development, affordable housing, schools and youth programs. We are currently discussing a plan to be presented to the community, which outlines the use the neighbors demand for their own taxes and how to make it happen.
On a citywide level, we are supporting the agenda put forward by the Grassroots Collaborative regarding corporate responsibility and a resignation of priorities for public dollars. The GC seems to be closer to the position of ending the TIFs, but its members seemed open to some flexibility, at least during the planning of the July 7 People’s City Council event. The GC and PA fully agree that the emphasis of our city’s public spending would be placed on affordable housing, schools and living wage jobs.
Notes On The Table Discussion 5.18.2017 DEVELOPMENT WITHOUT DISPLACEMENT DISCUSSION IN PILSEN – Attendees – Diverse crowd, ages ranging from 16 to 70. Approximately 50 residents – Longtime Pilsen residents, new residents and transplants, and ex-residents. – Community activists, small business owners, up and coming developers, journalists and students. What issues were discussed? – In Pilsen, […]Read More
SSA Supporters Withdraw Proposal, Acknowledge Flaws Community Vows to Put Its Own Development Priorities Forward The proposal for a new Special Service Area in Pilsen was withdrawn Thursday in the face of overwhelming community opposition. The SSA required the assessment of a new tax to residents and businesses in most of the neighborhood, a t […]Read More
The New Tax on Businesses and Homeowners Makes Pilsen Less Affordable Ald. Danny Solis’ attempt to impose a new tax on Pilsen through The Resurrection Project (TRP) started burning as soon as it hit the public Thursday, with a raucous mandated community meeting at which TRP organizers were shot down by boos from a surprised […]Read More
Media Advisory : For Immediate Release May 7, 2013 Contact: Bill Drew – 773.458.3489 Member of the McKinley Park Civic Association and long-time neighborhood resident. Nelson Soza – 773.899.0872 — Executive Director of the Pilsen Alliance Rosie Mancera – 312.320.9790 – resident of Pilsen and board member of the Pilsen Alliance CHICAGO— Nelson Soza, Executive […]Read More