Comments on: On TIF reform, Bronzeville has ideas Chicago Community Stories Thu, 03 Apr 2014 01:18:42 +0000 hourly 1 By: Harold L. Lucas Tue, 13 Mar 2012 17:51:52 +0000 The Chicago TIF process has always been a funding pipeline for deep pocket, wealthy downtown developers and downtown developers aligned with unscrupulous bankers, who are now working toward the systematic regentrification of inner city neighborhoods like Bronzeville, Pilsen, Woodlawn, Englewood and Lawndale.

The arrogant goal of the power elite in Chicago, is to remove lower income African Americans from prime inner city neighborhoods, by withholding federal and state funding from local community developers who are not aligned with the top down politics of Chicago.

To your point Ms Leonard, the long standing culture of corrupt politics of Paddy Bauler & Hinky Dink Hanna is alive, well and prospering in the 21st century captive city of Chicago.

Conversely, within this culture of arrogantly corrupt Chicago politics, may I provide a breath of fresh air by suggesting a great idea for a major Bronzeville TIF allocation?

How about Chicago taxpayers allocating some Bronzeville TIF funds on an inclusive, “bottom-up” community inspired plan to build President Barack Obama’s Presidential Library on the former site of Michael Reese Hospital, as a international heritage tourism destination attraction!!!

Hopefully, in building the Obama Presidential Library on the taxpayer owned Michael Reese Hospital site, we can remove some of egg from our international face for loosing the bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games in Chicago.

Bronzeville Curmudgeon

By: Lourdes S. Guerrero Mon, 08 Aug 2011 22:52:41 +0000 Thank you so much for covering this. I couldn’t make it and didn’t realize that this was the ONLY TIF hearing in the city!

You also did a great job of explaining the whole mess and how it screws the taxpayers of this city. It’s still unbelievable that people can continue to keep their heads buried in the sand.

Thanks again.

By: Valerie F. Leonard Fri, 05 Aug 2011 13:16:07 +0000 Curtis, this is an excellent story, and so far, you seem to be the only one who covered it. (I hope I’m wrong) I agree with you that this was a great meeting and the testimony was compelling. I was wondering why the City didn’t do hearings in all 4 quadrants of the city, or do a better job of communicating the date of the event. I know people who didn’t go to the hearing because of the location or confusion regarding the date. I was also concerned that several aldermen held public meetings during the same time as this meeting. I hope the ghost of Paddy Bauler is not coming back to haunt this process. (Paddy Bauler is the one who said “this town ain’t ready for reform”)