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Monthly Archives: October 2015
By now, we all know the numbers. $543 million in new property taxes to make the firefighters and police pensions whole. $45 million for “modernizing” public school buildings. $9.50 a month for garbage collection. Millions and millions more in … Continue reading
In 1995, the Chicago Public Schools were in crisis. In 1975, the Chicago Public Schools were in crisis. Also in 2005, and probably in 1955 and 1935. So it’s useful to sit down with a journalist who’s been covering the … Continue reading
Ben Joravsky’s our guest this week, And when Ben’s at the table the discussion has to include criticism of the TIF program. As it happens, Budget Director Alex Holt was our guest last week, and Ben had some reactions to several … Continue reading
(In case you’re not in the mood for 40-minutes of conversation about Tax Increment Financing, we’ve provided times so that you can jump to that particular topic.) Chicago’s budget director Alex Holt drops in to talk TIFs. Holt argues that TIFs … Continue reading