Pilsen TIF

Proposal 

      • In 1998, City Council passed the Pilsen Industrial TIF District as a way to revitalize the Southwest side industrial and commercial areas with uses that create jobs for residents of the Pilsen community. This TIF was set to expire in 2022 and as part of the plan to extend the expiration date, the Department of Planning and Development also proposed an amendment to expand the boundaries of the original TIF District in order to support affordable housing and locally-owned small businesses. 

Timeline 

    • In order for the amendment to be enacted, below are the next steps that must be taken:
      1. Community Development Commission Introduction (Meeting date: 04/09/2024)
      2. Joint Review Board Review (Meeting date: 05/02/2024)
      3. Community Development Commission Public Hearing (Meeting date: 06/11/2024) Written public comments can be submitted to cdc@cityofchicago.org (mailto:cdc@cityofchicago.org) for the public hearing on June 11, 2024 and will be read by the Chair when the item is presented.
      4. City Council Introduction 
      5. Finance Committee
      6. City Council Final Approval 

Above is a map that includes the existing Pilsen Industrial TIF (now set to expire in 2034) and the proposed boundary expansion.

  • Q. What is a TIF district?
    A. A TIF district is a financial tool that generates resources for economic and community development improvements.
  • Q. What can TIF money be used for?
    A. TIF funds can be used for affordable housing projects, schools, parks, municipal facilities, public infrastructure, and economic development.
  • Q. Will a TIF raise my property taxes?
    A. No, TIF is not a tax increase - it is a tax diversion.
  • Q. What are some projects funded by TIF?
    A. Some past examples of the appropriation of TIF funds in the 25th Ward include the acquisition of the 18th & Peoria lots, upgrades done at the Whittier Elementary playground, and the construction of an athletic field at Benito Juarez.
  • As of May 2023, the 25th Ward office along with DPD had started the community engagement process in the Pilsen Community in regard to the TIF amendment (To view a recording of the first community meeting, please click here). At our last 25th Ward Community in January 2024, City departments gave an updated presentation to community members on the amendment proposal (To view a recording of the meeting, please click here). 
  • The 25th Ward office has also engaged with local stakeholders by conducting roundtables around three key topics: Infrastructure, Education and Housing. All roundtable discussions have been recorded and can be viewed under the last tab. 
  • Resident feedback is always welcome and encouraged via email and phone calls. There will also be multiple opportunities for public comment during the process of approving the amendment.

Proposal 

      • In 1998, City Council passed the Pilsen Industrial TIF District as a way to revitalize the Southwest side industrial and commercial areas with uses that create jobs for residents of the Pilsen community. This TIF was set to expire in 2022 and as part of the plan to extend the expiration date, the Department of Planning and Development also proposed an amendment to expand the boundaries of the original TIF District in order to support affordable housing and locally-owned small businesses. 

Timeline 

    • In order for the amendment to be enacted, below are the next steps that must be taken:
      1. Community Development Commission Introduction
      2. Joint Review Board Review 
      3. Community Development Commission Public Hearing 
      4. City Council Introduction 
      5. Finance Committee 
      6. City Council Final Approval 

*Meeting dates are to be determined and are not currently scheduled. Updates will be made available in March 2024.*

Above is a map that includes the existing Pilsen Industrial TIF (now set to expire in 2034) and the proposed boundary expansion.

  • Q. What is a TIF district?
    A. A TIF district is a financial tool that generates resources for economic and community development improvements.
  • Q. What can TIF money be used for?
    A. TIF funds can be used for affordable housing projects, schools, parks, municipal facilities, public infrastructure, and economic development.
  • Q. Will a TIF raise my property taxes?
    A. No, TIF is not a tax increase – it is a tax diversion.
  • Q. What are some projects funded by TIF?
    A. Some past examples of the appropriation of TIF funds in the 25th Ward include the acquisition of the 18th & Peoria lots, upgrades done at the Whittier Elementary playground, and the construction of an athletic field at Benito Juarez.
  • As of May 2023, the 25th Ward office along with DPD had started the community engagement process in the Pilsen Community in regard to the TIF amendment (To view a recording of the first community meeting, please click here). At our last 25th Ward Community in January 2024, City departments gave an updated presentation to community members on the amendment proposal (To view a recording of the meeting, please click here). 
  • The 25th Ward office has also engaged with local stakeholders by conducting roundtables around three key topics: Infrastructure, Education and Housing. All roundtable discussions have been recorded and can be viewed under the last tab. 
  • Resident feedback is always welcome and encouraged via email and phone calls. There will also be multiple opportunities for public comment during the process of approving the amendment.
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