Tom Tresser. Chicago is not broke.



Who knows more about Chicago TIFs? Ben Joravsky or Tom Tresser?

It’s a trick question.

They both know everything about TIFs and how Chicago uses TIFs to hide the fact that Chicago is not broke.

I received an email from Tom Tresser the other day.

“Chicago Is Not Broke. Funding the City We Deserve” is a collection of short articles showing how we can save and generate MAJOR sustainable, progressive revenues for Chicago. The authors are all local experts in civic policy and many are educators and activists. The idea is use this book and the ideas in it to influence Chicago’s 2017 budget process and larger discussions about our future. Details: Also see attached press release.

If you’d like to learn more – shoot me your # and a good time to call.

Have a great Holiday weekend!

Tom Tresser

Civic Educator

Public Defender

Tom and I did talk on the phone and Tom explained how they were going to use the book, Chicago is Not Broke. Funding the City We Deserve to do some organizing over the next month.

Organizing! That’s just the thing I like to hear about.

Said Tom, “Fred, the purpose of “Chicago Is Not Broke. Funding the City We Deserve” is to change the civic narrative in Chicago from one of scarcity to one of abundance and possibility. The book is $12, plus shipping. You can tell folks that they can get it at”

And then, Tom said, “You can join in us at at City Hall on Wednesday, September 14, 9:30am, 2nd floor when the League of Women Voters of Illinois hold a press event to distribute the book to the mayor and every alderman!”

I’ll be there. Bring a crowd.

One thought on “Tom Tresser. Chicago is not broke.

  1. Does anybody know how much $ is in the TIF’s and can it legally be used for things like schools and cops etc?
    Inquiring minds want to know.

    Dirk the Lirker

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