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by Ellyn Fortino
2:28pm
Thu Jun 20, 2013

Parents, Students Occupy Lafayette Elementary Classroom On School's Last Day (VIDEO)

Just after final classes let out at Jean D. Lafayette Elementary Wednesday, three parents and their children occupied a classroom for hours in opposition of the Chicago Public Schools' (CPS) plan to close the school for good this month.

The up to nine parents and children, some of whom were students at the school, occupied the classroom at about 2:30 p.m. Several police officers were on scene, but no arrests were made. 

More than 50 protestors gathered outside Lafayette to show their solidarity. Education activists linked arms and formed a human chain in front of the school’s entrance.

“We’re not going to stop fighting,” said Windy Pearson, a member of Action Now, outside Lafayette. “We have people who are adamant about what is happening to their schools and to their kids and to our community, and this is just one of the many protests that will go on in regards to these schools.”

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
5:58pm
Tue Jun 18, 2013

Ald. Moreno, Environmental Advocates Call For Plastic Bag Ban At Committee Hearing

Ald. Joe Moreno (1st) and a handful of other aldermen want plastic carryout bags banned in Chicago.  

On Tuesday, members of the city council’s Committee on Health and Environmental Protection heard more than two hours of testimony on a plastic bag reduction ordinance, which Moreno first introduced in November 2011.

“Plastic bags of today are the Styrofoam containers of yesterday, and we moved past that,” Moreno said at the hearing.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
12:27pm
Thu Jun 13, 2013

The Pros And Cons Of Chicago’s TIFWorks Program

Chicago's TIFWorks program provides tax increment financing (TIF) funds to help cover workforce-training costs for employers. Job trainers say the program offers much-needed resources for workforce development. But others say TIFWorks needs to be more transparent and accountable. Progress Illinois takes a closer look at the program.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
12:02pm
Wed Jun 12, 2013

DePaul Arena Project A 'Monstrosity,' TIF Panelists Say

Chicago's Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Program is intended to take property taxes today for investments that will produce more property taxes in the future, the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky said at a TIF forum Tuesday night.

"I have no problem with the TIF program in the essence, but we don’t live in the essence. We live in Chicago, Illinois," said Joravsky, a panelist at the packed TIF Illumination Project's town hall meeting for the 50th Ward.

Joravsky said the city's TIF program has become "deranged" and blasted Mayor Rahm Emanuel's recent plan to kick in $55 million in TIF funds for a new DePaul University basketball arena near McCormick Place.

The $55 million would be used to buy the current property now paying property taxes and essentially turn it into a tax-exempt property.

"It’s a complete reversal of what the whole TIF program is about,” Joravsky said at the forum, held at Devon Bank Tuesday night.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
5:42pm
Wed Jun 5, 2013

Taxpayers Protest TIF Funding Of DePaul's New Basketball Arena (VIDEO)

The allocation of $55 million of Chicago’s tax increment financing (TIF) dollars for the building of a new DePaul University basketball arena at McCormick Place is “unjust,” according to a group of approximately 20 protesters who took their message to the university’s student center Wednesday.

“A private university can fund their own stadium,” said Adenia Linker, 45, a member of the education advocacy group, Raise Your Hand, and participant in Wednesday’s protest. “I understand the need for tourism dollars and the need to bring people to the lake, but we also need the infrastructure of education for the next generation.”

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