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Emanuel Wants TIF Deals for Megaprojects

The Emanuel administration is moving quickly to lock-in what could be $1.5 billion or more in tax increment financing to megaprojects such as Related Midwest’s The 78 (pictured) and Sterling Bay’s Lincoln Yards.

David Reifman, commissioner of the city’s Department of Planning & Development, told Crain’s Chicago Business he hopes to win final approval of the TIF agreements by May 2019, when Mayor Rahm Emanuel leaves office.

Reifman acknowledged that each of the large-scale projects will require spending city TIF funds to pay for infrastructure, at a time when TIF is controversial and many of Emanuel’s would-be successors want to revamp Chicago’s TIF program. “But the investment will more than pay for itself,” he told Crain’s.

“These are investments” in construction such as new roads and bridges, a Chicago Transit Authority station and so on, Reifman said. “These are not giveaways.”

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