Aldermen and officials with the city’s Department of Planning and Development disagreed Wednesday as to whether the city had engaged in a “shell game” with TIF funds following a Crain’s investigation released Friday. Several aldermen argued DPD officials were not upfront with the way taxpayer funds were being used to accomplish redevelopment goals at McCormick Place and Navy Pier. DPD Commissioner David Reifman said though he wasn’t at the helm of the department, DPD achieved the goal of the city’s TIF ordinance, by creating jobs, spurring economic development, and boosting tourism.

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