As the budget impasse in Springfield rages on, about 50 health care providers and their supporters urged a wealthy donor for Gov. Bruce Rauner to "pay his fair share" in state taxes during a Thursday morning protest.
The Chicago City Council last week agreed to allocate up to $55 million in tax increment financing (TIF) funds for the development of a new Marriott hotel adjacent to the McCormick Place convention center. Progress Illinois details some of what proponents and opponents have to say about the project.
Chicagoans fed up with the mayor's decision to use public funds to
help finance a controversial DePaul University basketball arena near
McCormick Place urged the college's president Monday to refuse the $55
million in tax increment financing (TIF) funds set aside for the
About 40 education activists picketed outside a City Club
of Chicago luncheon at a downtown Maggiano's where DePaul University
President Rev. Dennis Holtschneider was speaking. The protestors said
the private and profitable college does not need taxpayer dollars for
the project, arguing that TIF money would be better spent on public education.
city money from schools and from people who need it the most is not in
the light of the tradition of St. Vincent DePaul," said Roderick Wilson,
executive director of the Lugenia Burns Hope Center, an organization
represented at Monday's protest. "They're not living up to their legacy,
and we want to remind him of that ... This is not acceptable, and we
want [Holtschneider] to refuse that money and let it go back to our