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The Monroe Foundation is a publicly supported not-for-profit community and enterprise development intermediary. We seek to educate, link, and fund community development projects within low-income communities in the State of Illinois.

The foundation supports small business start-ups and financing through lending partnerships. Our current supporters are PNC Bank and Marquette Bank.

We also provide small business development seminars through the small business development “Boot Camp” Program, funded by grants.



The Monroe Foundation
1547 South Wolf Road
Hillside, IL 60162
Phone: 773-315-9720



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CivicLab Releases 2021 TIF Report – Record High Numbers!

CivicLab Releases 2021 TIF Report – Record High Numbers!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE More information: Tom Tresser, 312-804-3230, To donate to CivicLab, a Black-led nonprofit, please click here. December 9, 2022 CHICAGO HAD A RECORD HIGH $2.3 BILLION IN PROPERTY TAXES IN TIF ACCOUNTS ON JANUARY 1, 2022 BLACK WARDS CONTRIBUTE MORE AND GET LESS FROM TIFS THAN WHITE WARDS A review of the… Continue Reading