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“Blighted” Kenilworth considers a TIF to develop Green Bay Road

 

The Kenilworth Village Board is looking to implement a controversial economic development tool, called a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district, to help develop the village’s Green Bay Road business district. The business district has failed to attract development for years.

 

The Board is hoping that taxpayer subsidies and incentives for real estate developers will spur more commercial investment in the 15-acre area, which currently brings in about $1 million in property tax revenue for the village and other local governments. The board’s goal is to grow that amount to 3.5 million by 2042.

 

But TIFs, originally meant for blighted areas, are deeply controversial and prone to corruption. Many Kenilworth residents are already onto this, and it’s why they recently packed a Village board meeting to express their opposition to the proposed TIF. All Kenilworth residents should be skeptical of any attempt to impose a TIF district in the village. Whatever proponents say, TIFs don’t provide “free money” for development, nor are their benefits guaranteed. OurKenilworth.org has more on the specific issues the proposed Kenilworth TIF presents to the community.

 

The economic benefits of TIFs are unproven and the tool often ends up being a slush fund for politicians. And TIF property tax dollars are spent with far less transparency compared to regular city spending. The Navy Pier scandal, where Chicago politicians were caught funneling TIF money, is a perfect example.

 

Read more here and at Wirepoints.

 

$12,000 Raised to send Project HOOD kids to Summer Camp!

 

New Trier Neighbors has partnered with Pastor Corey Brooks, of New Beginnings Church and Project Hood in Woodlawn, to send kids from Chicago’s south side community to a transformational week of summer camp in Golden, Missouri, next summer!

 

With the help of generous New Trier Neighbors, we reached our goal of raising $12,000, which will send up to 20 kids to camp. Many of the young people offered this opportunity will have never before set foot out of Chicago!  Thank you!

 

 

The Year in Review

 

Since New Trier Neighbors launched in October 2017 here is what you have made possible.  If you like what you see, please donate!

Sustained issue campaigns to inform and educate on the D39 tax levy process and Wilmette’s mandatory minimum wage/sick leave debates.

An evening with famed CNN economist (and New Trier alum) Stephen Moore, attended by nearly 100.

A screening and discussion of the critically acclaimed “How Jack Became Black” at New Trier High School, promoting diversity in racial discussions and attended by 300.

Three “Mix-n-Mingles” in Winnetka, including hosting our local village trustees and school board members, and speakers including Ted Dabrowski from Wirepoints and Bob Muzikowski of Chicago Hope Academy.

Exposing race-based hiring practices and teacher segregation at a public school in Evanston. Related media coverage appeared in The Wall Street Journal, National Review, and Crain’s Chicago Business.

Holding productive discussions with senior New Trier High school administrators on both exposing students to more intellectual diversity, and listening to students who are concerned about political bias in the classroom.

Publishing weekly newsletters keeping North Shore residents up to date on politicized “gun walkouts,” sexuality surveys in schools, and other “must-know” information that you won’t find anywhere else.

Growing our mailing list of North Shore New Trier Neighbors to over 1000!

 

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More than 40 turned out for a great discussion with Professor Jason Hill of DePaul University.   Professor Hill discussed the state of affairs on college campuses  – including the recent “condemnation” by his colleagues over a pro-Israel article he wrote – as well as his latest book latest book We Have Overcome, which outlines his love for America and its promise to those to arrive on her shores

 

Stay tuned for future Mix n Mingles!

 

 

 

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