Greg Hinz runs down the mayoral candidates’ TIF-money menus ($100m to housing, $25m to cops, etc). But this seems a bit off to me:

But TIF never really was intended to build schools, hire cops and (for the most part) to create more affordable housing. TIF was intended to spur economic development and good jobs and, as per a new story in the Chicago Reporter, it hasn’t been as effective in doing so as it should have even downtown, which has received bundles of TIF cash in the past decade.