I just got an email from Fix Wilson Yard asking for people to email their objection to the TIF amendment.
With all the bad publicity of late, if the city council gets enough emails asking them to vote the increase down, they just might - having seen what the community does when we feel our voices aren't heard. That, and Daley needs for Uptown to quiet down to get the Olympics, and is probably so upset with Shiller for the bad press, that he might be willing to slap her hand and have her make do with the $54 million she already has. Plus, the email goes back to Fix Wilson Yard, too. So, if they can show the media a stack of emails from the community, objecting to the increase, it may help them move forward.
Uptown Update has 700 Facebook friends and thousands of viewers. If everyone emails their objections, it could help to compensate for the fact that the meeting is inconveniently scheduled for September 8th. UU Readers, please take a minute to send an email; copy and paste the addresses and the text and sign your name. Pass it on to people who you think would be interested. Thanks to everyone!!
In the address field, copy and paste-
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
In the text field, copy and paste (or write your own objection)-
To Whom it may Concern:
I am writing to express my opposition to the proposed Wilson Yard TIF Amendment. Increasing the Wilson Yard TIF to $112 million dollars will divert essential tax dollars from areas of the city budget that already are desperately under funded and put the area's financial future at risk. Allowing an additional $54 million dollars to fund this project will put an added strain on the financial health of the schools, the police and fire departments, the park district and other vital city services that are needed to ensure the safety and vibrancy of our city. Please do not allow additional funds to be appropriated to the Wilson Yard TIF.