The Civic Federation

The Civic Federation is a non-partisan government research organization working to maximize the quality and cost-effectiveness of government services in the Chicago region and State of Illinois.

The Federation's membership includes business and professional leaders from a wide range of Chicago-area companies and institutions.

The Civic Federation publishes reports and commentary about local government tax policies, government services, and public expenditures. The Federation's new research institute, the Institute for Illinois' Fiscal Sustainability, examines a wide range of fiscal issues relating to the State of Illinois.

Recent Research


Plain English and Visual Guides to Illinois Pensions

The Civic Federation has developed a set of two primers on public employee pensions in Illinois as a concise and accessible presentation of the most important data on the state's pension...


State of Illinois FY2016 Budget Roadmap

Prior to the release of the Governor’s annual budget recommendation, the Institute for Illinois’ Fiscal Sustainability at the Civic Federation releases an analysis of the State of...


Metropolitan Water Reclamation District FY2015 Tentative Budget: Analysis and Recommendations

The Civic Federation supports the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District’s tentative budget of $1.3 billion and praises the organization’s continued use of long-term financial planning...


Unincorporated Cook County: A Profile of Six Townships and Preliminary Recommendations to Facilitate Incorporation

To view a mobile friendly version of this report, click here. This report examines selected areas within Cook County that have never been incorporated by a municipality. Approximately 2.4%, or 126,...

Upcoming Events

Job Opportunities

The Civic Federation is hiring one Senior Research Associate to focus on local government public finance. Click here for a job description and application instructions.