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Tom Tresser

Organizer, educator, tool builder, IIT Stuart School of Business in Chicago United States

I am an organizer, educator and civic enabler dedicated to fostering civic engagement, protecting the commons, fighting privatization and championing creativity. I'm working to establish the CivicLab in Chicago, a space for innovation and tool making for civic engagement. Visit us at http://www.civiclab.us

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TIF Know-How For A Better Chicago

BY TOM TRESSER
@ VOL 25 ON MAR 05, 2013

Tom Tresser talks about the happening topic of tax increment finanaicing (TIF). Although it may not be the most engaging topic, the information that he has for the people of Chicago is important. By informing the commnuity of how tifs work and to give them the means to understand where their tax money is going, it brings the commnuity closer together and encourages them to voice their opinons on financial matters. 

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TIF Illumination Project

BY TOM TRESSER
@ PECHAKUCHA URBAN INNOVATION MONTH ON APR 01, 2014

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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PAST VOL 25

Chicago @ Martyrs'
Mar 05, 2013