Gazette Chicago 10 05 2018 E Edition Page 1

By Madeline Makoul With more than $1.4 billion sitting in the City's TIF (tax increment financing) accounts, community groups across Chicago are ques- tioning these stockpiled funds, asking officials to offer more transparency and dedicate funds to areas that need them most. CivicLab and the TIF Illumina- tion Project recently announced their analysis reveals $1,439,903,731 is sitting in TIF accounts. This money comes from property taxes col- lected in 145 districts, and leaders originally intended it would help development and construction in blighted areas in hopes of spurring economic development, said Tom Tresser, co-founder of CivicLab. As community advocates explained, however, this process has not gone according to plan, with TIF money often going to development in af- fluent areas of Chicago. "TIFs are really a big part of this tale of two cities that we have been seeing in the City for a long time- one that is taking resources away from neighborhoods, especially black and brown communities, and moving that to developers for things like luxury condos and sta- diums," Nathan Ryan, director of communications at Grassroots Collaborative, said. "It's actually hurting the quality of life of the folks in our communities." Collecting almost $500 mil- lion a year, TIFs have the potential CHICAGO By Igor Studenkov More pollution may be coming to Illinois from Wisconsin, and Illi- nois Attorney General Lisa Madi- gan joined by the City of Chicago, has filed a lawsuit to stop it. Robert Kaplan, who then served as acting regional administrator for the Federal Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Region 5, which includes Illinois and other states within the Great Lakes region, on Dec. 20, 2017, wrote a letter informing Wisconsin Gov- ernor Scott Walker that Kaplan's agency intended to give Wiscon- sin's Racine County the "non-at- tainment" designation for not meeting air quality standards. Taipei, Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group plans to build its new manufacturing and tech- nology campus in Racine County. While the EPA non-attainment designation would not have pre- vented Foxconn from building the facility, it would have required the company to install more stringent and thus more expensive air pol- lution controls. According to the letter, the State of Wisconsin rec- ommended the county get the "attainment" designation, which permits less stringent pollution controls; based on air quality data, the EPA decided against it. When the EPA released the list of designations on April 30, 2018, however, Racine County did not appear on it. The original A free, independent community newspaper since 1983. Near West/Tri-Taylor University Village West Loop South Loop West Haven Bridgeport/Armour Square Chinatown Bronzeville East Pilsen Heart of Chicago Wisconsin Foxconn plant pollution potential prompts resolutions, lawsuit City's $1.4 billion in TIF accounts draws concern of CivicLab, local communities Continued on page 10 October 5, 2018 Vol. 36, No. 6 Continued on page 8 INSIDE OTHER HIGHLIGHTS River City conversion from condos to rentals approved after three-year negotiation. See page 23. University of Illinois at Chicago moves up in national rankings. See page 23. Lisa Deborah Oi named new principal at St. Therese's Chinese Catholic School. See page 26. Homemade wine making starts with a trip to Sante Fe Grape Distributors in Bridgeport. See page 2. Shrine of our Lady of Pompeii Festa livens up Arrigo Park. See Around the Neighborhood, beginning on page 18. Luis Gutierrez reflects on 26-year career in the United States House of Representatives. See page 14. New Tri-Taylor group forms after crime wave By Nathan Worcester Residents of the Tri-Taylor neigh- borhood have formed a neighbor- hood watch organization. They also started a Facebook group for the organization, Tri-Taylor Neigh- borhood Watch, on August 14 that now has more than 120 members. "The idea of having a neigh- borhood watch group and reviv- ing the old one from years ago was something that I have been think- ing about doing for the last couple of years," said Michael Ramstedt, Continued on page 16 MEDICAL EDUCATION AT MALCOLM X-Students learn various state- of-the-science medical techniques by practicing on mannequins in healthcare education programs at Malcolm X College. See article, page 6.

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