November 25, 2014

Bloomberg

Bloomberg
November 25, 2014

This article examines the possible bond sale and credit rating implications of a November 21 ruling in Sangamon County Circuit Court against Illinois’ pension reform legislation. The pension reform case is being appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court. The Civic Federation said Illinois cannot afford to wait for the Supreme Court’s ruling and must continue to address its fiscal issues in the meantime.

November 25, 2014 - 2:51pm


November 25, 2014

Shortly after a Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge ruled that the pension reform law passed in Illinois almost a year ago violated the State constitution, Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced she will be seeking an immediate appeal of the decision to the State Supreme Court. 


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November 25, 2014 - 11:01am


November 25, 2014

Local governments across the country are searching for ways to more humanely and cost-effectively treat individuals with mental illnesses who come into contact with the criminal justice system. According to a report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics from 2006 (the most recent year for which these data are available), over half of all incarcerated individuals in federal, state and local jails and prisons suffer from a mental health problem.


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November 20, 2014 - 11:21am


November 20, 2014

As the State of Illinois nears its deadline for moving Medicaid recipients into managed care, three managed care organizations have been disciplined for providing poor quality medical care or failing to comply with operational requirements.


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November 20, 2014 - 11:04am


November 20, 2014

The Cook County Clerk’s Office annually releases a tax rate report that provides the tax rates for various taxing agencies within Cook County. It is important for property taxpayers to have an accurate picture of which governments receive their property tax dollars and for what purpose so that taxpayers may hold public officials accountable for the level of taxation imposed.


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November 19, 2014

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times
November 19, 2014

This article follows the passage of Chicago’s FY2015 budget by a 46-4 City Council vote. The Civic Federation supported the budget in its November 3 analysis and said the proposal is a reasonable response to the City’s immediate financial situation. The Federation also warned that long-term financial stability cannot be achieved without further pension reform action from the Illinois General Assembly.

November 19, 2014

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune
November 19, 2014

This editorial discusses financial improvements made by the Chicago Transit Authority in the past few years that have led to a more fiscally stable agency. It cites the Civic Federation’s FY2015 CTA Budget Analysis which supports the budget, but retains some concerns about the current pension funding plan and whether the budget relies too heavily on expected payments from the cash-strapped State of Illinois.   

November 18, 2014

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-time resources. This balanced budget is very reasonable in the near-term, especially when paired with the extra information provided by the master plans recently adopted by the District. The Civic Federation commends the Forest Preserve District’s increased dedication to public involvement in its budgeting and planning processes.

November 18, 2014

November 18, 2014

November 18, 2014

Report applauds level of public input in planning, warns of declining pension health

In a report released today, the Civic Federation supports the $187.4 million budget proposed by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. The balanced budget holds the property tax levy relatively flat and minimizes the use of one-time resources. The Federation also commends the District for increasing the level of public input in its planning process. The full 61-page report is available here.

November 17, 2014

November 17, 2014

Proposal reflects past work to secure pensions, modernize labor practices

In an analysis released today, the Civic Federation supports the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) proposed FY2015 operating budget of nearly $1.4 billion. The budget represents an improved level of fiscal stability made possible by the CTA’s efforts in past years to secure its pension fund and modernize its labor practices. The full 48-page analysis is available here.

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