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  • “ The Truth About TIFs” Special Guest: Ben Joravsky February 12, 2008 GREATER LINCOLN PARK DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA
    • Ben Joravsky
    • Staff writer, political reporter since 1985
    • http://www.chicagoreader.com/tifarchive
    • Former investigative reporter for The Chicago Reporter
    “ The stories I write can get very convoluted. Even the ones that seem insignificant can get convoluted. I was covering a zoning dispute. Now it's of great importance to those involved, but to the rest of the universe, it might seem insignificant. So you have to show people that don't live on this particular block how their government is working in these types of situations and how, if they're not watching, the same thing can happen to them. You have to give the details to explain the situation, but not give so many details that you lose people. It's a very difficult balance to maintain and that's the challenge in this type of writing. I have to master each and every issue that I write about. I have to know it backwards and forwards because even information that may seem useless can be essential when you sit down to tell the story.”
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  • “A billion here, a billion there…and it starts to add up to real money.” + suburban Cook County 2006 = $299,800,699
  • 415 TIFs created since 1979
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  • Coming up next…
    • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 7:00pm –DePaul Lincoln Park Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield , Room 314
    • David Morrison, Associate Director, The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform
    • Speaks on “How To Follow The Money”
  • JOIN US! www.glpdfa.wordpress.org “ People Have the Power” – Patti Smith Thank You!