Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward) and Manny Flores's (1st Ward) TIF Transparency Ordinance is on the City Council Agenda next Monday, March 16. They are asking for a huge show of support to make this happen!
Ald. Waguespack has asked citizens across the City to send an email to their alderman and CC him at email@example.com so he can walk into the meeting with all the emails. He also requested the links to all blogs covering this topic as a show of support.
Here's a sample email, from Graceland Wilson Neighbors Association:
Dear Ald. __________:
On March 16, Ald. Waguespack is introducing a City Ordinance to initiate real transparency for the City's TIFs that now cover more than 40% of Chicagoland. I urge you to support this ordinance. I further urge you to request this ordinance be strengthened by:
- Requiring all TIF annual reports are posted online, including all the information requested by the Illinois Comptroller, including the initial EAV and current aggregate EAV of the TIF area
- Providing TIF Redevelopment Ordinances and Amendments be provided online
- Updating additional TIF expenditures on a real-time basis between annual report publication.
We support open and honest government with full disclosure to the citizens. I simply urge you to wholeheartedly support this initiative.
Transparency and honesty in government.