CivicLab Releases First Book “Chicago Is Not Broke. Funding the City We Deserve” – Celebrates @ Alhambra Palace July 16!

Got your property tax bill yet? I did. It went up $1,000.

Did Chicago REALLY need an extra $1,000 from the Tresser household.


We can’t believe what we are told about the city’s finances. And when we DON”T know where the money is in Chicago we are in for bad deals, service cuts and limited futures. And more fees and higher property taxes.

In an effort to Illuminate the true state of Chicago’s finances we are releasing our first book!

“Chicago Is Not Broke. Funding the City We Deserve” is a collection of short articles by local experts on how to save and generate MAJOR revenues for Chicago. We are talking about BILLIONS of dollars!

Full information on the book is at

We will be partying at the amazing Alhambra Palace on Saturday, July 16, from 7pm to 9pm (doors open at 6:30) at 1240 W. West Randolph Street. The cost is $30 and includes one copy of the book. There will be light refreshments and a cash bar. Tickets may be purchased via EventBrite:

The emcee will be Damon Williams Co-Director of the Chicago Black Youth 100 Project and co-founder of the #LetUsBreathe Collective.

Our special guest will be Troy LaRaviere, President-Elect of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association, and an outspoken champion of public education. Our authors will give a summary of their articles. Attendees can get more books, get books signed and meet and mingle with a bunch of people who believe that Chicago is NOT broke.

The book is divided into three sections:

(1) Money Stolen From Us – Money We Should Not Have Spent, (2) Money Hidden From Us, and
(3) Money We Are Not Collecting – But Should Be.

Legendary political strategist and organizer Don Rose calls the book “required reading“!

Please come celebrate with us on July 16th! Order tickets here.

Tom Tresser