Chicago's Mayor (and just about everyone else) claims that Chicago is broke. This book, a civic education project, refutes that claim. Its authors -- Tom Tresser, Hilary Denk and Amara Enyia, along with others -- show that far from being broke, Chicago has ample resources to become the city we all need and deserve. Tom Tresser if a civic educator and public defender. With Benjamin Sugar, Tom co-founded The Civic Lab, a co-working space where activists, educators, coders and designers came to work, collaborate, teach and build tools for civic engagement.
This book event is a collaboration between the League of Women Voters of Oak Park and River Forest and the Oak Park Public Library.
A team of local experts headed by Tom Tresser has written short articles describing how we can save and generate major revenues for Chicago. The book is divided into three sections: (1) Money That Is Stolen From Us - Money We Should Not Have Spent, (2) Money That Is Hidden From Us, and (3) Money That We Are Not Collecting - But Should Be. Their goal is to make Chicago taxpayers and others super smart about how the city really works and influence conversations about next year's budget and beyond.