April 6, 2013 
Tom Tresser
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www.civiclab.us
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In the evening – open enrollment workshops on all things civic... 
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“TIF 101” 
“Vegan Cooking”
Watch the 2 ½ minute promo @ http://tinyurl.com/TIF-101-promo-YT 
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6 
What are TIFs?
7 
What are TIFs? 
• Created by municipality (state 
statute) 
• Boundaries cross political and 
community boundaries 
• D...
8 
How Do TIFs Work? 
When the TIF is created, 
the city tallies up all the 
property taxes 
generated by district in 
tha...
9 
What are TIFs? 
Under state law, areas proposed for TIF designation 
must possess numerous blighting factors to be 
eli...
10 
TIFs Used On These “Blighted” Areas 
40 S. Halsted 
Apple Store
Better Government Association 11
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13 
Where are TIFs? 
• All over Chicago and Cook 
County = 443 TIFs in 2011 
• 163 in city of Chicago 
• Additional 280 in...
Where are TIFs? 
TIF 101 14
15 
Where are TIFs? 
Source: Cook County Clerk
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How Much Revenue Do TIFs Collect? 
Source: Cook County Clerk
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How Much Revenue Do TIFs Collect? 
2011 TOTAL TIF REVENUE FOR COOK COUNTY 
City of Chicago 
TIFs diverted $454 MILLION...
How Much Revenue Do TIFs Collect? 
TIFs extracted $454 million in 2011. 
That # is 53% of the TOTAL amount 
of property ta...
19 
How Much Revenue Do TIFs Collect?
How Much Revenue Do TIFs Collect? 
Ouch! 
$4.5 BILLION 
DIVERTED 
SINCE 1986! 
TIF 101 20
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Click here to open 
the 163 PDF 
annual reports. 
One by one.
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THE CITY HAD 
$1.7 BILLION IN 
UNSPENT TIF 
FUNDS AT THE END 
OF 2011!
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Impact of TIFs?
You can get this full presentation online at the TIF Data Store at 
http://tinyurl.com/TIF-Data-Store. The full presentati...
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www.civiclab.us 
www.tifreports.com
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TIFs in the 8th and 9th Wards

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It was a two-for-one special on April 6, 2013 at Chicago State University when The CivicLab's TIF Illumination Project exposed the 14 TIFs in the 8th and 9th wards to light. Thanks to the South Area Civic League for pulling this forum together! If you would like YOUR ward Illuminated, please email us at tom@civiclab.us. The presentation was somewhat updated on September 4, 2014.

If you would like your own copy of this presentation that shows all the data from this ward as well as examples from the TIF Hall of Shame, please visit The TIF Data Store @ http://tinyurl.com/TIF-Data-Store. The TIF Illumination Project is 100% volunteer driven but we have serious monthly expenses to operate the CivicLab, our home, plus we’d like to build an online platform to make this information easy to access. Thanks!

Contact = info@civiclab.us

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TIFs in the 8th and 9th Wards

  1. 1. April 6, 2013 Tom Tresser
  2. 2. 2 www.civiclab.us
  3. 3. 3
  4. 4. In the evening – open enrollment workshops on all things civic... 4 “TIF 101” “Vegan Cooking”
  5. 5. Watch the 2 ½ minute promo @ http://tinyurl.com/TIF-101-promo-YT 5
  6. 6. 6 What are TIFs?
  7. 7. 7 What are TIFs? • Created by municipality (state statute) • Boundaries cross political and community boundaries • Designed to subsidize some business project in “blighted” or under-served area • Captures “incremental” property taxes ABOVE base when district was created • Lasts 23 years
  8. 8. 8 How Do TIFs Work? When the TIF is created, the city tallies up all the property taxes generated by district in that year (called the "base" amount). After that, all property tax increases above the base (the "increment") are channeled to the TIF district. The property taxes collected from properties inside the district BEFORE the district was created that go to units of government stays FLAT for the life of the TIF (23 years).
  9. 9. 9 What are TIFs? Under state law, areas proposed for TIF designation must possess numerous blighting factors to be eligible: • Age • Obsolescence • Code violations • Excessive vacancies • Overcrowding of facilities
  10. 10. 10 TIFs Used On These “Blighted” Areas 40 S. Halsted Apple Store
  11. 11. Better Government Association 11
  12. 12. 12
  13. 13. 13 Where are TIFs? • All over Chicago and Cook County = 443 TIFs in 2011 • 163 in city of Chicago • Additional 280 in suburban Cook County
  14. 14. Where are TIFs? TIF 101 14
  15. 15. 15 Where are TIFs? Source: Cook County Clerk
  16. 16. 16 How Much Revenue Do TIFs Collect? Source: Cook County Clerk
  17. 17. 17 How Much Revenue Do TIFs Collect? 2011 TOTAL TIF REVENUE FOR COOK COUNTY City of Chicago TIFs diverted $454 MILLION Suburban Cook County TIFs diverted $275 MILLION TOTAL FOR 2011 = $729 MILLION
  18. 18. How Much Revenue Do TIFs Collect? TIFs extracted $454 million in 2011. That # is 53% of the TOTAL amount of property taxes that went to the city for its operations! TIF 101 18
  19. 19. 19 How Much Revenue Do TIFs Collect?
  20. 20. How Much Revenue Do TIFs Collect? Ouch! $4.5 BILLION DIVERTED SINCE 1986! TIF 101 20
  21. 21. 21
  22. 22. 22
  23. 23. 23 Click here to open the 163 PDF annual reports. One by one.
  24. 24. 24
  25. 25. 25
  26. 26. 26 THE CITY HAD $1.7 BILLION IN UNSPENT TIF FUNDS AT THE END OF 2011!
  27. 27. 27 Impact of TIFs?
  28. 28. You can get this full presentation online at the TIF Data Store at http://tinyurl.com/TIF-Data-Store. The full presentation contains this data: 28 - how many TIFs in the ward - estimation of TIF property tax extraction from TIFs in the ward for latest year - if a TIF is 100% or close to 100% in ward, lifetime property tax extraction - how much money left in those TIF accounts FROM the ward - what projects funded by TIFs in the ward - examples from the TIF Hall of Shame If this information is valuable to you, please sign up for our mailing list at http://tinyurl.com/SignUp-CivicLab. If you are in Chicago and need a place to work - consider co-working at the Lab! Please support the work of the CivicLab by making a deductible contribution via our fiscal agent, the Investigative News Network, at http://tinyurl.com/SupportTheLab-INN. Find out more - info@civiclab.us.
  29. 29. 29 www.civiclab.us www.tifreports.com

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