Community groups file lawsuit to stop Lincoln Yards project

CHICAGO — Community activist groups have partnered to sue Chicago to stop the $6 billion Lincoln Yards development.

Grassroots Collaborative and Raise Your Hand filed the lawsuit Wednesday. It follows City Council’s approval of $1.3 billion in tax increment financing (TIF) for the development, which will transform 55 acres along the Chicago River between Lincoln Park and Bucktown.

The lawsuit accuses the city of handing TIF money to projects in neighborhoods that are already thriving. In doing so, the suit alleges, the city promotes racial disparities in struggling neighborhoods.

According to the groups, TIF money has been granted to neighborhoods that are mostly white, leaving out neighborhoods that are mostly black or Hispanic.

Lawyers representing the groups said the TIF allocation process is a violation of Illinois civil rights laws.

The lawsuit seeks to repeal the Lincoln Yards project TIF and to reform the TIF process.

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