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I notice that that in a city of 2.7 million people, only 16 people have offered ideas here. Perhaps that's because they believe this forum is simply a way CPS can claim to value citizen input without actually taking any of the suggestions seriously. The most popular ideas here have to do with giving TIF funds back to the schools. This was also a recurring theme that citizens brought up in the recent budget meetings. My idea is for you to actually take citizen input seriously. If we see no TIF reform, we will know that those who see these forums and meetings as a waste of time are right, and that CPS and the City of Chicago are still more dedicated to their wealthiest citizens than to the children and other citizens they purport to serve.
Unless I'm misunderstanding, a large portion of the proposed raise in property taxes will go to TIFs rather than schools. It is time we recognize that school funding must not be diverted to other city projects. TIF reform is imperative so that money collected for schools will actually go to the schools.