Tom Tresser highlights the activist work in the city of Chicago of the TIF Illumination Project, and how this movement has helped raise awareness to the apparent misuse of public funds. As Tom explains, TIFs (Tax Increment Financing) are cutting into the expected spending of a city's budget, reducing the amounts that should be spent on things like public education.
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