October 2, 2014 - 3:34pm


October 2, 2014

In the past few months, it has become evident that Illinois vastly underestimated the number of newly eligible recipients who would sign up for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. However, the fiscal implications of the unexpectedly strong enrollment remain unclear.


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October 1, 2014 - 1:18pm


October 1, 2014

This week the Civic Federation released its annual Effective Property Tax Rates report. The report highlights the fact that in 2012 property tax burdens for many Northeastern Illinois communities rose. While analysis of the report often focuses on the 12 Cook County municipalities included in the study, especially Chicago, this blog will look at the selected communities in the collar counties.


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October 2, 2014

Chicago-area public employee pension funding levels continued to decline in FY2012, with total unfunded liabilities for the ten funds analyzed rising to $37.2 billion from $32.0 billion in FY2011. On average, the ten funds analyzed had an actuarial funding level of 45.5% in FY2012, down from 74.5% in FY2003. For all pension funds supported by the taxes of Chicago residents, including statewide finds, the total unfunded liabilities reached $19,579 per Chicago resident in FY2012.

October 2, 2014

October 2, 2014

October 2, 2014

A Civic Federation report released today examines the continued funding decline of Chicago-area public employee pension funds. For all pension funds supported by the taxes of Chicago residents, including statewide funds, total unfunded liabilities reached $131.9 billion in fiscal year 2012, the most recent audited data available for all the funds. This equates to a pension liability of $19,579 per Chicago resident.

September 29, 2014

The Bond Buyer

The Bond Buyer
September 29, 2014

(The full content of this article is only available to the publication’s subscribers.)

This article covers the Civic Federation’s annual Effective Property Tax Rates report that looks at property tax trends in Northeastern Illinois for tax years 2003-2012. All 12 Cook County communities analyzed experienced increases in their residential effective property tax rates in tax year 2012. Chicago had the lowest residential rate among the selected communities at 1.84%.

September 26, 2014 - 3:47pm


September 26, 2014

As recently as 2011, the State of Illinois projected its backlog of unpaid income tax refunds could increase to more than $1.0 billion but by the end of FY2014 nearly all refunds were paid. In FY2015, for the second year in a row, the State transferred revenues originally diverted to pay for refunds back into the operating budget.


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September 26, 2014 - 10:49am


September 26, 2014

The declining health of public employee pension funds throughout the State of Illinois is primarily due to two causes: inadequate employer contributions over a sustained period and recent investment losses. This blog will discuss the role of investment rate of return in public employee pension funding and provide an update on the investment returns of Chicago-area pension funds in FY2012, the most recent year for which data are available.


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September 29, 2014

September 29, 2014

Ten-Year Trends for Cook County Show Highest Tax Burden in Harvey, Lowest in Chicago

The Civic Federation released its annual estimate of effective property tax rates in the six-county region of northeastern Illinois today. Among the 12 selected Cook County communities, Harvey had the highest effective tax rate for residential properties at 8.87% in tax year 2012, while Chicago had the lowest residential rate at 1.84%. The full report is available here.

September 29, 2014

This annual report compares effective property tax rates in the six-county region of northeastern Illinois between 2003 and 2012. Effective tax rates for nearly all selected communities rose between 2011 and 2012, the most recent year for which data are available. Among the 12 selected Cook County communities, the Civic Federation found Harvey had the highest effective tax rate for residential properties at 8.87% in tax year 2012, while Chicago had the lowest residential rate at 1.84%.

September 29, 2014

September 18, 2014 - 4:14pm


September 18, 2014

A new law that restores certain Medicaid benefits previously cut due to budget pressures also adds a new service: kidney transplants for undocumented Illinois residents.

Public Act 98-0651, signed by Governor Pat Quinn on June 16, 2014, authorizes State funding of kidney transplants for low-income non-citizens beginning on October 1. Recipients must have end-stage renal disease and already be receiving renal dialysis services covered by Medicaid.


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