CHICAGO — Providing fodder for critics of Chicago’s heavy use of tax-increment financing, the city inspector general released a stinging report Tuesday that found a charity founded by former Mayor Richard Daley’s wife received nearly $1 million in contributions from businesses as part of their TIF subsidy agreements.

The disclosure came in inspector general Joe Ferguson’s review of TIF public benefits clauses and charitable donations. A portion of TIF subsidies is sometimes donated to public and private charitable organizations under redevelopment agreements through a public benefits clause.

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