Issues: State Pensions

The IIFS believes that the public pension systems of Illinois must be sustainably funded and well-managed. As part of the Federation, the IIFS builds upon the Federation’s national reputation for expertise in pension funding and reform. Read our analyses, opinions, and recommendations for the reform of the State of Illinois public pension system here.

Recent Research

  • 05.07.15

    State of Illinois FY2016 Recommended Operating Budget: Analysis and Recommendations

    The Civic Federation opposes Governor Bruce Rauner’s recommended budget for FY2016 because it relies heavily on projected savings that do not appear to be achievable or prudent in light of the State of Illinois’ obligations and long-term policy objectives.

  • 02.12.15

    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 Illinois’ fiscal condition and proposes a comprehensive five-year plan for achieving long-term fiscal sustainability for the State of Illinois. This plan responds to the dire reality of Illinois’ financial condition with painful, but necessary recommendations.

  • 03.03.14

    State of Illinois FY2015 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 Illinois’ fiscal condition. The report reviews Governor Quinn’s three-year budget projection and proposes a comprehensive five-year plan for achieving long-term fiscal sustainability for the State of Illinois. The Civic Federation’s plan would fully pay down the State’s $5.4 billion backlog of unpaid bills while gradually reducing income tax rates by 20%, broadening the tax base to include federally taxable amounts of retirement income and building a reserve fund as protection against future economic downturns.