GOP House Rep. Wehrli says 'zero' chance at TIF reform under Democrats
Grant Wehrli, the Republican state House representative from District 41, said in a recent tweet there is “zero” chance Democrats will pursue tax increment financing (TIF) reform in the upcoming legislative session.
A TIF district is a specially delegated zone in which developers receive benefits for building or making improvements to property. TIF districts have been widely criticized in Illinois.
As the Illinois Policy Institute reported last year, TIF incentives are largely ineffective at their intended purpose of spurring growth in underdeveloped areas. Instead, their proceeds can be used by mayors to “reward insider developers.”
“The TIF fraud that is Chicago will only get worse,” Wehrli said in a Nov. 5 Tweet. “TIF reforms in Springfield? ZERO chance under JB, Madigan and a Democrat controlled General Assembly.”
J.B. Pritzker is the Democratic governor-elect of Illinois; Michael J. Madigan is the longtime Democratic Speaker of the state House of Representatives.
Wehrli, the two-term incumbent, won his district with a 53 percent to 47 percent split over Democrat challenger Val Montgomery. Ballotpedia.org reported the official tally as 24,034 votes for Wehrli versus 21,761 for Montgomery.
The 41st District includes the cities of Naperville and Warrenville, as well as the townships of Du Page, Lisle, Naperville, Wheatland and Winfield.