TIF transparency put on hold

A measure that would tell county residents how tax increment financing districts impact their tax bills was pulled off the table at a County Commission meeting last week after comments by commissioners, including Evanston's Larry Suffredin, indicated it would have a hard time passing. Details from the Chicago Reader.

Downtown tax district up for renewal

Downtown property owners could be in for a tax increase soon.

The board of EvMark, Evanston's downtown marketing organization, meets Oct. 11 to develop a proposal for renewing the special services area agreement that boosts downtown property tax bills to pay for special maintenance and marketing services.

Free beach tokens brought smiles to kids

Leaders of social agencies that were provided with free beach tokens to distribute to low-income families this summer say the pilot program brought a lot of joy to the youngsters they serve. The Daily Northwestern reports that aldermen plan to decide later this fall whether to continue the program next year.

First condo owners move into Sherman Plaza

The first residents have started moving into the Sherman Plaza development downtown, 10 years after the project was first proposed. The Daily Northwestern reports less than 10 percent of the new owners have moved in so far, and the move-in process is expected to continue for almost a year.

A view from inside the neighborhood planning process

So, you think planning a room in your house is easy? And why not? Lots of people do it. Some even plan whole houses either on their own or with skilled and qualified professional house designers and architects. But, have you ever considered how you'd plan a new neighborhood?