Tom Tresser


"What If Chicago Was NOT Broke? Possibilities for Justice and Prosperity"

In the book "Chicago Is Not Broke" a group of Chicago experts have written short articles outlining ways to save and generate major progressive and sustainable revenues for Chicago. The mayor says Chicago is broke. The newspapers say Chicago is broke. Think tanks and policy shops say we are broke. Can we believe them? What would be the difference to the lives of Chicagoans and the future of the city if we are not broke?

Hear a very comprehensive and easy to follow narrative of what the Chicago budget is, who the money goes to and how we the people can access it. The project, made possible via a crowdfunding campaign, is based on three years of research and public education by Tom Tresser via the TIF Illumination Project as well as his ten years work fighting privatization and doing grassroots democracy all over Chicago and Cook County. See www.wearenotbroke.org for more details.


About Tom Tresser:

Tom Tresser is an educator, organizer, creativity champion, public defender and fighter of privatization. He has been doing civic engagement and grassroots democracy efforts for over 40 years. His first voter registration campaign was in 1972.

Tom has acted in some 40 shows and produced over 100 plays, special events, festivals and community programs. He was director of cultural development at Peoples Housing, in north Rogers Park, Chicago, where he created a community arts program that blended the arts, education and micro-enterprise. Tom was elected to the Abraham Lincoln Elementary School’s Local School Council and served from 2004 to 2006.

He is the lead organizer for the TIF Illumination Project that is investigating and explaining the impacts of Tax Increment Financing districts on a ward-by-ward basis. Tom and the TIF Illumination Project are profiled in the cover story of the July 22, 2013 issue of The Nation entitled “Chicago Rising!” He has presented on how TIFs impact neighborhoods all over the city.


Our Adult Programs:

A typical Sunday meeting begins at 10:30, ends at noon and consists of a speaker or presentation focusing on current issues, ethical philosophy, lifespan education, or the arts. Platforms are open to the public and admission is free, although we request a donation of $5.
Our Program for Children:
The Golden Rule Sunday School, for children from birth through 8th grade, also meets every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more info, contact the Sunday School director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Location: 7574 Lincoln Ave. Skokie IL (at Howard St.)
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