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


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,...


Chicago Park District FY2015 Budget: Analysis and Recommendations

The Civic Federation supports the Chicago Park District’s proposed FY2015 operating budget of $448.6 million that accommodates increased employer pension contributions mandated by the District...


Forest Preserve District of Cook County FY2015 Executive Budget Recommendation: Analysis and Recommendations

The Civic Federation supports the Forest Preserve District of Cook County’s FY2015 proposed $187.4 million budget for holding the property tax levy relatively flat and minimizing the use of one...

23rd Annual Excellence in Public Service Award

The Civic Federation and Motorola Solutions Foundation were pleased to honor Illinois Department of Human Rights Director Rocco Claps with the 2014 Excellence in Public Service Award. Click here for photos from the breakfast and a video tribute to Director Claps.