December 14, 2014

Crain's Chicago Business

Crain's Chicago Business
December 14, 2014

This article discusses a report released by the Civic Federation that examines selected areas within Cook County that have never been incorporated by a municipality. In these unincorporated areas, which account for approximately 2.4% of Cook County’s total population, the residents rely on the County for municipal services like law enforcement, building and zoning, and liquor control.

December 12, 2014 - 10:45am


December 12, 2014

On a preliminary trip to Springfield after winning the November election, Governor-elect Bruce Rauner held a press conference to draw attention to some of the gimmicks included in the current State budget, including interfund borrowing.

Mr. Rauner called the plan to use $650 million borrowed from Special State Funds for FY2015 General Funds operations “fundamentally wrong.” The Governor-elect critiqued the practice, known as interfund borrowing, due to the requirement to pay back the funds over the next 18 months and the gap it creates in the FY2016 budget.


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December 11, 2014 - 3:27pm


December 11, 2014

The Civic Federation’s recent report profiling unincorporated areas in six townships within Cook County examines issues related to annexing unincorporated areas. Based on interviews conducted with various stakeholders involved in a decision to incorporate a previously unincorporated area in Cook County, the Federation was able to start to identify some of the problems that must be considered if incorporation is pursued as well as benefits that might accrue to residents and businesses in currently unincorporated areas.


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December 10, 2014

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 to guide its operations and future projects. 

December 10, 2014

December 10, 2014

December 10, 2014

Full analysis praises District’s long-term planning, updated pension funding goal

December 9, 2014

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 126,114, of Cook County’s 5.2 million residents live in unincorporated areas of the County and therefore do not pay taxes to a municipality. This requires County government to provide municipal services, including law enforcement, building and zoning, and liquor control, to small pockets of residents scattered throughout the County.

December 9, 2014

December 9, 2014

December 9, 2014

In-depth analysis also includes recommendations to facilitate incorporation

December 4, 2014 - 3:19pm


December 4, 2014

The Illinois House adjourned on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 with no further session days scheduled before the 99th General Assembly begins in January 2015. The Illinois Senate is expected to adjourn on December 4, 2014 and has one addition session day scheduled for January 13, 2015. This will mark the end of the 98th General Assembly.


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December 3, 2014

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’s 2014 pension reform legislation while holding the property tax levy relatively flat and expanding programming.

December 3, 2014
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