TIF Law Firms
The law firm DLA Piper has secured over $130 million in TIF subsidies for development in downtown Chicago, including for such private companies as The Boeing Company,United Continental Holdings, Inc., CNA Financial CorporationUSGand The John Buck Company. DLA Piper's employees have donated $125,000 to the campaign of Rahm Emanuel and thousands to aldermen, including Ameya Pawar, Walter Burnett Jr, Brendan Reilly, Pat Dowell, Margaret Laurino and William Burns.
After DLA Piper represented the developer Hines Interests to secure $30 million in TIF funding to construct the River Point office tower complex in downtown Chicago, it signed a lease to move its own office space into the building.
Low-Wage Campaign Contributions to Aldermen
We're currently working on mapping the corporate interests donating money to the Aldermen on our Chicago City Council. Some of the large low-wage corporate interests who are most against raising the minimum wage to $15/hour- groups like the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, McDonald's, Walmart, and others- have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to make sure aldermen keep workers' wages low. We're also making maps showing the corporate dollars flowing to specific aldermen.
Corporate Control Over Public Education and Public Housing
We've mapped out the relationships that board members of the Chicago Board of Education and Chicago Housing Authority have to large corporations and financial interests like Exelon, Loop Capital Markets, the Commercial Club, Economic Club, and other powerful downtown organizations. Our city is privatizing public education and dismantling affordable housing, while enriching downtown corporate interests.