Jesse White Wants TIF Money for Tumblers

The plan would cost a total $15 million

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    Jesse White's Tumblers can be seen at parades and sporting events around Chicago.

    Secretary of State Jesse White is appealing to the Chicago City Council once more for help to build a state-of-the-art gymnastics facility for the Jesse White Tumblers.

    His alderman, Walter Burnett (27th), proposed an ordinance doling out $5 million from the Near North TIF district for the $15 million plan. White wants to build the 30,000 square-foot center on vacant land where a Cabrini Green high-rise once stood,  the Sun-Times reports.

    Aldermen agreed three months ago to give $5 million using TIF money, but White is looking for the contribution of the same amount the Chicago Park District promised to give.

    The Chicago Park District would match the $5 million contribution the Jesse White Foundation raised. The district would own and run the training facility. 

    White attempted to explain the plan's details.

    "The city owed the Park District $5 million for something else. ... They forgot about the $5 million they owed the park district for this project. So, the city is paying back the Park District. That's what the alderman is proposing. All we're asking for is one, $5 million allocation from the TIF. The Park District will give another $5 million," White said. 

    If all goes as planned, White would like to break ground on the facility named in his honor in March and open it next year.