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.
In 2005, the United States government found that Pilsen’s historic significance to the country merited a National Historic District designation. Taking this distinction to the next level holds the key to the future of Pilsen as place where immigrants and workers will always find a home. Gentrification, Pilsen’s Main Threat For more than 50 years, […]Read More
Pilsen Residents Ask Madigan to Investigate UNO’s Use of Public Funds — Rampant Cronyism at UNO Could Spill onto Other Political Operators
Pilsen residents, members of Pilsen Alliance, sent a letter to Attorney General Lisa Madigan Wednesday asking her to conduct a thorough investigation about the use of tax payers’ dollars by the United Neighborhood Organization. A recent Chicago Sun Times investigation exposed extensive cronyism at UNO, a strong ally of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ald. Danny […]Read More
Despite Weak Finances, the Well-Connected UNO Gets Millions while Regular Schools get Axed Parent advocates have called upon the Illinois Office of the Inspector General to investigate the financial practices and use of Illinois grant monies used by the UNO Charter School Network and UNO United Neighborhood Organization. “Our school has never gotten the programs […]Read More
Pilsen School Parents, Residents Stand in Support of Teachers Pilsen Alliance stands with public schools and with those who work hard everyday to make them better. To our community, a formal education is a critical vehicle to a better life: the essence of the American Dream. This is why Pilsen Alliance stands with the teachers, […]Read More
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1744 W. 18th St.
Chicago, Il 60608