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by Angela Caputo
12:47pm
Wed Mar 10, 2010

"We Won't Be Denied" (UPDATED)

Turns out Chicago Ald. Freddrenna Lyle (6th Ward) will carry the torch on creating a living-wage law that would require stores with 50 or more employees to pay those workers $11.03 an hour if they benefit from tax increment financing (TIF) or other public subsidies. When Ald.

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by Angela Caputo
3:23pm
Mon Mar 8, 2010

Bringing TIF Back To Its Roots (VIDEO)

On Wednesday, Chicago Ald. Walter Burnett (27th Ward) and a handful of co-sponsors will introduce an ordinance that would require the city to set aside 20 percent of all new tax increment financing (TIF) revenue to jumpstart affordable housing projects. We look at how such an investment would buoy the city's housing market and create jobs.

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by Adam Doster
5:10pm
Tue Mar 2, 2010

Flashback: Daley The Mental Health Advocate

During Chicago's public budget hearings last August, advocates lambasted Mayor Daley for failing the city's mentally ill. They noted that his adminstration had purchased a high-tech billing system that didn't submit bills to the state for months, subsequently costing the city $1.2 million in funding.

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by Adam Doster
9:53am
Mon Mar 1, 2010

A Living Wage Precedent In Pittsburgh

If Chicago City Council members need a precedent to vote for Ald.

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by Josh Kalven
8:01am
Fri Feb 26, 2010

You Heard It Here First

Yesterday, we broke the news about a sneaky effort on the part of certain Illinois House Democrats that would make it harder for aldermanic challengers to get on the ballot in the 2011 Chicago elections.  This morning, the Tribune published a full article on the subject, as well as an

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by Angela Caputo
3:27pm
Thu Feb 25, 2010

Chicago's New Incumbent Protection Plan?

State lawmakers aren't the only ones gearing up for a redistricting fight next year. Whoever sits on the Chicago City Council will have enormous influence over how ward maps are redrawn in 2011. We stumbled upon a measure that demonstrates how officials at both the city and state level are working together to head off potential challengers and preserve their power.

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by Josh Kalven
10:56am
Fri Feb 5, 2010

$200 Million? Seriously?

In case you missed it, the Sun-Times' David Roeder reported on Wednesday that the owners of Chicago's Willis Tower have been seeking $200 million in tax increment financing (TIF) funds to renovate the skyscraper and build a hotel next door.  This comes after the city council already approved nearly $40 million in Willis-related TIF sub

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