They had their reasons. Mayor Daley plays rough. He let aldermen know that he would cut off funding for pet TIF projects if they didn’t vote his way. Obviously, the tactic was effective, though several waited until the final days to cave. [...]
It does seem as though Daley has a special fondness for onetime independents who knuckle under his command. So far he’s thrown millions of TIF dollars into Wilson Yard, alderman Helen Shiller’s pet project. On the other hand, what the mayor giveth, the mayor taketh away. He’s not averse to promising an alderman one thing when it comes to TIF spending and then doing something else, as aldermen from Eugene Schulter to Leslie Hairston can tell you.
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