May 4, 2015

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times
May 4, 2015

This article discusses possible legislation to permit a new casino in Chicago. The Civic Federation said gaming revenues in the State of Illinois may already be near the maximum potential and it is unclear how much additional revenue a Chicago casino could generate.

April 30, 2015 - 4:18pm


April 30, 2015

To help cope with a massive budget deficit as State resources continue to fall in the coming fiscal year, Governor Bruce Rauner has proposed reducing or ending some statutorily required transfers that provide funding for programs and government services outside the General Funds budget.


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April 26, 2015

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times
April 26, 2015

The article looks at Governor Bruce Rauner’s first 100 days in office. On the State budget, the Civic Federation said most of the first 100 days has been spent addressing shortfalls in the current FY2015 budget rather than discussion on the $6 billion gap in the upcoming FY2016 budget. 

April 22, 2015

The Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Tribune
April 22, 2015

This article examines the options available to Chicago Public Schools as it faces a $1 billion budget shortfall next year with little to no reserve funds. As discussed in the article, the Civic Federation does not support allowing municipalities direct access to bankruptcy.

June 18, 2015 - 11:30am - 1:30pm

The Palmer House Hilton
17 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL

11:30 a.m. Reception
12:00 p.m. Lunch and Program
1:30 p.m. Adjourn

June 18, 2015 - 11:30am - 1:30pm

The Palmer House Hilton
17 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL

11:30 a.m. Reception
12:00 p.m. Lunch and Program
1:30 p.m. Adjourn

Co-chairs Lester Crown, Andrew J. McKenna, Michael J. Sacks and the entire Board of Directors of the Civic Federation are pleased to honor Tyrone C. Fahner, President of the Civic Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago and former Illinois Attorney General, with the Lyman J. Gage Award for Outstanding Civic Contribution by an Individual and The Boeing Company with the Addams-Palmer Award for Exemplary Civic Involvement by a Corporation.

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April 16, 2015 - 4:12pm


April 16, 2015

The Civic Federation joined with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago on April 2, 2015 to co-host a conference on the use, efficacy and future of sin taxes. Experts, practitioners and academics from around the country gathered to discuss the theories surrounding governments’ use of sin taxes as well as national trends and issues specific to tobacco, marijuana and gaming revenue. Attendees to the conference included civic and business leaders and government officials. To download participants’ presentations, click here.


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April 22, 2015

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 funding crisis. The primary document, A Plain English Guide to Public Employee Pensions in the State of Illinois, answers ten basic questions about Illinois pensions including: 

April 22, 2015

April 16, 2015 - 9:33am


April 16, 2015

Rhode Island recently reached a potential settlement agreement with most employee and retiree groups involved in litigation against its 2011 landmark pension reforms. The details of the agreement became available on April 13, 2015 through a court filing that was one of several steps necessary for the settlement to be finalized. The settlement averts a trial that had been scheduled to start later this month.


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