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Chicago’s Port to Get Overdue Upgrades Through TIF

The Great Lakes’ largest port will make overdue infrastructure upgrades through financial assistance approved by the Chicago City Council. The Illinois International Port District (IIPD) will complete $16.7 million in rail and roadway improvements to its facilities along the Calumet River through $3.48 million in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) from the Lake Calumet TIF District.

The intergovernmental agreement will help the IIPD rebuild 1.1 miles of railroad tracks and private roadways used to receive, transfer and ship raw materials. Located near 130th Street and Stony Island Avenue, the deteriorated roads and railways are more than 20 years old, hampering port operations and causing shipping delays, the IIPD says.

“This capital improvement will increase efficiencies and allow current tenants to grow while attracting new tenants to the port,” said IIPD executive director Clayton Harris III. “It will help us fulfill our mission as an economic engine for the region, state, nation, and beyond.”

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