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  • Preposterous

    The mayor's new budget is built on BS.
  • Sleight of Hand

    Daley's big-box brouhaha obscured the rubber-stamping of the LaSalle Central TIF.
  • The Preemptive Push

    How Illinois Democrats muscled a Green Party candidate off the ballot.
  • The Lone Gunman

    Reform-minded county commissioner Mike Quigley is gearing up to take on TIFs--and by extension Mayor Daley.
  • Pass the Doughnuts

    The board that's supposed to hold the line against TIFs rubber-stamps another one.
  • Million-Dollar Lies

    The tax bill for 77 W. Wacker is just one glaring example of how the county helps the city hide the real cost of TIFs.
  • Who Is Tony Peraica?

    The Todd Stroger fiasco may drive left-leaning Democrats to vote for an anti-abortion, anti-gay-rights Republican.
  • Too Funky for Its Own Good

    Business is booming in Andersonville, but that's not enough when you're staring down a 70 percent property tax increase.
  • Lucky Loyola

    Just months after securing millions in TIF funds from the city, the tax-exempt religious institution bags another big handout from the state.
  • The Tax Vortex

    The latest round of assessments heralding property tax increases of as much as 50 percent are coming.
  • The Schools Scam

    Under the TIF system millions of dollars in property taxes are being diverted from education to development.
  • A Revival at Risk?

    Loop landlords say high property taxes are keeping downtown offices dark.
  • Can You Spot the Blight?

    Insiders say Mayor Daley wants to re-up the Central Loop TIF, a barely overseen slush fund that sucks tax dollars away from schools and other public services in the name of stimulating development.
  • Hold the Hoopla

    Not everyone's psyched about Illinois' expanded tax credit for filmmakers.