Celebrate Henry George Day in Evanston September 5

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Henry George School invites all graduates and other friends of the School to celebrate Henry George Day on Monday September 5.  This commemoration of the birth of Henry George (actually September 2, 1839) is held annually, usually on Labor Day, in south Evanston.  This is a “save the date” notice; specifics will be forthcoming.


Introducing Progress and Poverty

We’ll present Introducing Progress and Poverty April 12 2022 as the first week of the 10-week Progress and Poverty course.

Introducing Progress and Poverty outlines the way the economy works, including the main causes of persistent poverty, and proposes a remedy that seems to have worked wherever it has been even partially tried. It’s also an overview of our ten-session Progress and Poverty course, which provides a lot more detail and begins April 19.

This initial session is free. If you choose to enroll for the remaining nine sessions, you’ll be asked for a $25 registration fee and given course materials.

If you plan to attend our Tuesday April 12 session (6:15 PM at 333 S Wabash Ave #2700 northeast corner of Van Buren St, Chicago, Illinois), please note that building management REQUIRES THAT YOU SIGN UP IN ADVANCE SO THEIR SECURITY GUARD WILL HAVE YOUR NAME ON THE ADMISSION LIST. You can do that by emailing us, or phoning 312 362-9302. Send email to events@hgchicago.org. Please provide your full name and email address.

6:15 pm
Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Signature Offices
Board Room
333 S Wabash Ave Suite 2700
Chicago, Illinois

Funding opportunity from the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation

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Robert Schalkenbach Foundation is accepting applications for “original research that carries the ideas of 19th century economist and social reformer Henry George into the 21st century and beyond.”  Their current areas of interest include:

  • The relationship between infrastructure spending and economic rents, including estimates and suitability of future economic rents as a source of funding for infrastructure spending;
  • Gentrification and displacement as influenced or mitigated by property taxes (effects of land value or split-rate taxation are of particular interest);
  • The impact of climate change on land value and government finances based on property and land value.

Maximum funding amount is $10,000 (plus you get the prestige of having received foundation funding), and the application deadline for the current round is December 17 2021.  More information is on their site.


Let us know if you’re coming for Henry George Day in Evanston Monday, September 6

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We missed last year due to ‘demic and other disruptions, but this year we’ll gather again to celebrate the birthday of Henry George.  He was actually born September 2, 1839, but we gather on “Labor Day” as that’s more convenient for most working people.  Due to local solar conditions, we’ll start around 3 PM, continuing until more-or-less dark around 7.

All graduates, students, prospective students, volunteers, and other supporters of the Henry George School are invited.  It’d be great if you want to bring food or drink to share, but that’s not required.  But please do let us know you’ll be coming. While we’ll have grillables and other edibles, water and beer, it’ll be helpful if someone volunteers to bring a bag of ice, some soft drinks, etc.  Also email if you have any questions.

Political Economy Book Club reads Love & Hate in Jamestown

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2015 replica of Discovery, one of Jamestown’s transatlantic ships. Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs. CC BY-NC 2.0

Returning to live meetings after the ‘demic interruption, HGS’ Political Economy Book Club  is reading Love & Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocahontas and the Start of a New Nation.   Numerous copies of this 2005 book are available at Chicago Public Library and many suburban libraries, as well as inexpensively from various sources. Meeting will be Wednesday, September 22, at 6PM, at our Signature Offices location, 333 S Wabash #2700.

This meeting is free to attend, but you must reserve in advance (preferably using our Eventbrite link) to assure space is available and to clear building security. Email us if you have any questions.

Chicago Tribune housing inequity articles

Chicago Tribune used the fact that John Oliver did a segment on housing discrimination the July 25 2021 episode of Last Week Tonight on HBO as a hook to get people to read their own coverage of inequity in housing and property tax assessment.

The effects of disinvestment in Chicago’s Black and Latino communities

Research linked to:

South Side native combats redlining with Woodlawn Pointe

Chicago real estate industry looks at ways to end racial bias

Stories linked to

Flashback: A Chicago family defied a racist real estate covenant. The backlash and legal fight inspired ‘A Raisin in the Sun.’

Suburban Living for Most of Us: Evolution of Residential Development in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

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Video from Zoom Webinar

David Wilson, author of the forthcoming book Towns Along the Q, will discuss the consequences of certain disastrous and discriminatory housing policies that he has become familiar with in the course of researching the topic, development of Chicago’s western suburbs along the Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railway.

Use this link to register for the Zoom Webinar.

When: 7:00 pm EDT/6:00 pm CDT
Thursday July 15 2021

Has Illinois been able to reverse its worst-in-the-nation budget trends?

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Adam Schuster, director of budget and tax policy, Illinois Policy Institute

Video from Zoom Webinar

Illinois has some of the nation’s top pension debt and decades of irresponsible budget-making. Another session of the General Assembly has come to a close. Were legislators able or willing to make progress in finally addressing these decades-old long-standing issues, or were they once again swept under the rug and put off for future? Is what happens in Illinois a bad lesson for your state’s government?

Please join Adam Schuster, director of budget and tax policy of Illinois Policy Institute for a sober analysis of the state’s budget future, in an always lively and fascinating discussion.

Zoom Webinar presented by Henry George School of Chicago and Council of Georgist Organizations
When: 7 pm EDT/6 pm CDT, Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Please request an invitation to participate in the Zoom Webinar here.

Alternatively, you may attend this event in person at the Henry George School at Signature Offices, 333 S Wabash Ave #2700, Chicago, Illinois. You must let us know that you will attend in person by sending an email message to events@hgchicago.org with your name, phone number, and email address.

Video and a document referenced in the presentation:

Madigan: Power. Privilege. Politics.

Illinois Forward 2022: COVID-19 makes pension reform imperative to protecting taxpayers, services for vulnerable Illinoisans

More CGO sessions by zoom, coming up

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Council of Georgist Organizations has announced more on-line sessions, including two on assessment.  Details are on their site. Previous sessions in the series may be found by searching “Council of Georgist Organizations” on youtube.  Videos from prior annual conferences are linked here.

How Land Speculation and Credit Expansion Create Boom/Bust Cycles

  • CGO logoThe Council of Georgist Organizations has reformatted its annual conference as an extended on-line series. The first session, How Land Speculation and Credit Expansion Create Boom/Bust Cycles, will be this Sunday, May 17, noon CDT.  Speakers:
  • Richard Vague
  • Polly Cleveland
  • Dan Sullivan

Speaker bios are here.

All interested are welcome to attend, using the zoom link

or by phone using the password 779472 at one of the numbers listed here.