How will you involve residents in planning, approval, and oversight of TIF districts?

Neighborhood Development

As stated above, establishing a Zoning Advisory Committee will ensure that impacted
community members are heard and will inform these decisions.

We have no TIFs in the 43rd Ward

Again, I hope to use my 18th Ward advisory committee to involve residents in planning, approval,
and oversight of TIF districts.

No response provided

I would form a better partnership with residents for soliciting advice in ward planning
decisions. Through town halls, public forums and even new tools like web conferences,
virtual meetings, and conference calls, useful feedback can be attained.

Public meetings are the best way to find out resident development priorities. Community groups
and civic organizations will play an important role in the usage of TIF districts. This is yet another
instance in which a chamber of commerce could add oversight input and community commitment

Our SSA commissioners are very involved in making decisions about how the Devon/Western TIF is used to help the community. I consider expanding this type of
arrangement to additional TIFs, however, the funding is not plentiful enough, or the funds have already been committed to projects, prior to my 2011 election, in the other TIFs to make this a priority at this time.

public information and planning meetings.

mentioned previously, residents are part of our TIF process. Unfortunately, we cannot
always control what happens to our TIF funds. We had community meetings in the 5th
Ward to determine how we wanted to use our TIF funds. I worked to attract businesses to
support the TIF. In the end, the City used the money toward constructing South Shore
High School in the 8th Ward. The school was needed, but the allocation completely
disregarded our community’s wishes. We have finally begun to see streetscapes the
community wanted. TIF money has also helped with beautification of 53rd Street, acquiring
blighted properties, completing Comer Prep, and attracting Starbuck’s.

The biggest losers when a TIF is established are the students and parents of local schools,
because so much of the property tax that is diverted is for CPS. I certainly want to involve the
LSCs, but also the parents and teachers of the local schools to hear their thoughts on the viability
of the TIF development.

Chicago’s current process of creating a TIF district is not an open process that allows
residents to effectively voice their opinions regarding the redistribution of their property
taxes. While it is required that a formal community meeting be held prior to the voting of a
TIF district, it does not allow for residents to (1) object to its creation, or (2) propose
alternative improvement plans. Therefore, my plan is to host several town hall style
meetings where the objectives of the proposed TIF are explained and residents can have a
say in the process of determining when and where a TIF district may be created. The panel
will have the ability to approve and vote down proposals for the creation of a TIF. Also, as
alderman we will inform the local block clubs, local chamber of commerce, and local
neighborhood associations when we plan to start an exploratory committee to start a TIF
to help disseminate the information within the community.

Stephen Niketopoulos IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

I will have meetings about TIF’s and their use, simply to educate anyone who is paying taxes into a TIF district. No alderman currently does this for fear not to get any TIF money. I want to encourage more TIF transparency as best I can.

Advisory and review.

No response provided

I will continue to involve the community in this process as well. I believe it is important to work with the Department of Planning and Development to explain what TIFs are and how their impact the community as a whole.

Community meetings.

I commit to educating the voters of the 36th Ward on how a TIF works and showing them where their tax
dollars are going to. I will inform the public in writing within 14 days of a consultant being hired by
the City to prepare a TIF eligibility study. We will hold community hearings for every TIF in our
Ward two times a year with the developer, consultants, city departments and residents, business
owners and local community organizations.

We must examine all existing TIF districts and eliminate those in areas where they no
longer are needed. As part of a plan to modernize Chicago’s TIF program we must create a
system of oversight and transparency so the people of Chicago know exactly where their
tax dollars are being spent and any surplus of tax dollars in the TIF system should be
refunded to their taxing body.

Susan Sadlowski Garza IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

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I will have TIF app online that tracks everything including contractors and the public will vote on
TIF spending.

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Carlos Ramirez-Rosa IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

I will create volunteer-driven precinct-level neighborhood councils that will have the final say on zoning
and development changes that will affect their neighborhood.

We do not have any TIF districts in our ward, but I will include information on nearby TIFs in my weekly newsletter.

Michael E. LaFargue IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

 Educate the community on TIFS.
 Paper and Electronic Surveys,
 Paper and Electronic Communications,
 Forums,
 Town Hall Meetings,
 Ward News Paper
 Ward Aldermanic Advisory Councils

While having my yearly constituent meeting, I will also explain the TIF funding process. I hosted
Tom Tresser from the TIF illumination Project to inform and educate residents of the 21st ward. I
will continue to hold informational workshops in order to keep residents informed on helping to
make these decisions.

In the same way we involve the community today, through canvassing, meetings, forums, mail,
social media, and all means at our disposal to make sure anyome who wants to participate can do

I will implement participatory budgeting, encouraging input based upon needs, as well as
transparent reporting of actual activity compared to budget. I will also have a committee
dedicated to making this a priority initiative for the ward.

By having
open meetings and implementing volunteer community steering committees and subcommittees.

No response provided

We involved the community at every level.

As noted above, I talk to my constituents and community organizations regularly; they’re not in the
dark about what is going on, including with TIF districts, and I’m not doubtful about where they
stand. That’s how I knew they would be supportive of using TIF funds to upgrade the public
infrastructure that was necessary to enable the first new manufacturing site for the south side in
decades, where Method, a maker of environmentally-friendly home cleaning products
headquartered in Europe, will build a factory. Not a dime of taxpayer money was given to Method.
But in order to make the site viable, the City used TIF money to upgrade infrastructure. So I will
certainly engage in thorough community outreach should further TIF discussions arise in the 9th

By holding workshops and community meetings

Michael E. LaFargue IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

 Educate the community on TIFS.
 Paper and Electronic Surveys,
 Paper and Electronic Communications,
 Forums,
 Town Hall Meetings,
 Ward News Paper
 Ward Aldermanic Advisory Councils

I wouldn’t. I would work to shut down the TIF’s we currently have in our ward.

I would hold regular meeting to discuss TIF projects and form a TIF advisory board that would promote transparency, awareness and community involvement.

Joseph J. Moseley II IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council


The problem with TIF districts is that they have been abused in Chicago, and by all accounts overused, as an end­all be­all solution to spurring development that in many cases did not need or warrant the investment of taxpayer dollars.
Especially at a time where we need to be reevaluating the way we approach development. Chicago has a wonderful tradition of evolution and progress, one which we must embrace. At the same time, it is important that we respect our rich history and protect our way of life. The city needs to provide a level playing field for businesses and entrepreneurs, and get out of the business of picking winners and losers. We need to reduce the regulatory burden that is stifling innovation, and allow our local communities to take the lead on determining the proper level and type of development that is best for them.
In my community, our focus is on retaining our unique urban feel as we define our neighborhood for the years to come. We are working towards commercial districts that are built around the idea of community and neighborhood businesses. Our criteria for development is in attracting resident and non­resident young professionals to the neighborhood so that we can continue to create a rich and vibrant urban life based on diversity and balance. Meanwhile, we are working to preserve our parks and public green space while increasing accessibility to our neighborhood’s many relevant cultural experiences. However, to assume that our approach works for every other community would be a mistake. Development
and job opportunities are desperately needed in some areas or the city. In others, development has far outpaced infrastructure investments and improvements, leading to clogged thoroughfares (an issue my neighborhood faces thanks to development in the surrounding areas).
As a result, I do support the creation of limited development incentives highly targeted to help spur development in areas of the city that are most in need. We are a city of neighborhoods, and it is the collective strength of all of these great neighborhoods that makes us a world class city

It will not
happen without the direct input from the constituents in the 46th ward, the zoning community
would have to take all concerns to the people, at least 70% of the residents in a particular grid,
must respond by survey and then still it would be a community meeting.

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Through the same process I use for reviewing applications for zoning relief. My Zoning and Land
Use Advisory Committee reviews any TIF proposal that comes before me and I have extensive
community meetings, as well.

As stated above, establishing a Zoning Advisory Committee will ensure that impacted
community members are heard and will inform these decisions

As Alderman, I will obtain input from citizens on TIF issues and spending. TIFs are controversial
because they are seen as using taxpayer dollars to fund private development, when it often isn’t
clear that tax financing is necessary to the private deal. I will convene a TIF committee charged
with providing proper oversight of TIF spending and with communicating to residents the costs
and benefits of TIFs in the ward.

Chevette A. Valentine IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

forums, meetings and discussion groups