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Civic Lab's TIF Illumination Project

Reaching Equity

The City of Chicago says it's broke. Yet the TIF program operates without oversight, funded by taxpayers. Meant to turn around "blighted" areas, Chicago residents are not consulted during the decision-making process.

Tax-Increment Financing (TIF) is a controversial issue in Chicago. We attempted to explain the concept behind Chicago's TIF program and give an overview of the program in specific neighborhoods.

With each ward (Wards 27, 6, 20, 7, 8, 9, 46, 4, 11, 12, 50 and 49), we took publicly available data and presented how much was taken and spent within that region. This included the specific projects funded by TIF. The hope is to make this data more interactive by creating a website that houses all of this information.

27th ward map
11th ward poster

Powerful Questions

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We are looking for a GIS technician, data scientist, graphic designer, and related apprentices who want to develop these skills. Please email us for more information.

We will produce experimental maps and diagrams to illustrate TIF program flaws by focusing on individual issues. These may eventually feed into Civic Lab's TIF Illumination Project.

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