Take a look at Lorraine Swanson's article in Lake Effect News about yesterday's Wilson Yard TIF meeting and ponder this question: If this additional money is supposed to be all about employment, fish farms, green technology, and parking lots -- why are all of Ald. Shiller's supporters talking about the additional TIF money in terms of "affordable housing"?
Some quotes from the people who voted at the meeting to give Helen more (and more and more) of our money:
- “I’ve been here longer than any other commissioner and I never rescinded a TIF because it’s just not good business,” Commissioner Clyde Martin said, who appeared not to understand residents’ request to retire the Wilson Yard TIF, thinking they wanted to port the $54 million budget increase to other city TIFs.
- “I have not heard why this particular TIF should not exist in this area,” CDC Commissioner Anne Kostiner said. “I haven’t heard nothing negative about ‘how my neighborhood would suffer because of A, B, C or D.'”
- “We’re talking about an alderman here and people in the planning department,” Kostiner said. “I have not heard in this room what she or the city staff has done that’s been so corrupt. I’ve only heard positive things about jobs and housing for people. To be honest, I think a lot of people don’t like Ald. Shiller, that came out loud and clear. If you don’t like this alderman do something about it.”