January 30, 2014 - 12:40pm


January 30, 2014

Morningstar Municipal Credit Research released a report this month comparing aggregate per capita pension liabilities among the 25 most populous cities in the United States. This means Morningstar analysts added overlapping governments’ pension liabilities to those of the cities themselves to try to get an idea of the total pension burden faced by residents of each of the cities.


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January 29, 2014

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune
January 29, 2014

This article discusses a recent survey by Morningstar that estimated public employee pension debt per-Chicagoan at $18,596. The Civic Federation said the per-capita number would be higher if it included the CTA, Chicago Park District, Cook County Forest Preserve District and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District pension funds; as evidenced by the sharp funding decline tracked in the Federation’s annual Status of Local Pensions report.

January 29, 2014 - 12:45pm


January 29, 2014

The State of Illinois’ new pension law is expected to reduce statutorily required State contributions by $144.9 million over 30 years and lower its unfunded pension liability by about $24 billion, according to actuarial reports from the largest retirement systems.


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January 27, 2014

The Civic Federation's legislative priorities for 2014 include public employee pension and retiree healthcare reforms, requiring the State of Illinois to develop and implement a capital improvement plan, establishing a consensus revenue forecast for the State of Illinois, creating a new governing board for the 

January 27, 2014

January 23, 2014

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times
January 23, 2014

This article discusses the departure of Dr. Ram Raju as CEO of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System. The Civic Federation said Dr. Raju held one of the most demanding positions in the region and his work proved the County’s health system can be managed effectively.

December 12, 2013

Crain's Chicago Business

Crain's Chicago Business
December 12, 2013

This article discusses the release of the Civic Federation’s annual report that compares effective property tax rates for residential, commercial and industrial properties in the six-county region of northeastern Illinois. The report found rises in 2011 tax rates for all of the collar county municipalities studied, while some Cook County communities saw decreases in residential effective tax rates. Effective tax rates in 2011 were higher than they were 10 years ago for all communities studied.

January 23, 2014 - 3:53pm


January 23, 2014

The State of Illinois hopes to receive approximately $3.25 billion in new federal Medicaid funding under a proposal to be submitted to the federal government in March.

The estimated amount of new federal funding in the State’s comprehensive waiver proposal was discussed at a General Assembly hearing in Chicago on January 22. Consultants testified that the new funding would be based on State costs of $650 million a year that are not currently reimbursed by the federal government but that would be matched under the plan. Over the five-year life of the waiver, this would generate a total of $3.25 billion in new federal dollars.


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January 22, 2014 - 4:47pm


January 22, 2014

Since the Civic Federation’s last blog on changes to taxes imposed on tobacco purchases, Chicago area local governments have increased tobacco tax rates, which will have an impact on Chicago consumers.


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January 22, 2014

Crain's Chicago Business

Crain's Chicago Business
January 22, 2014

This article covers Dr. Ramanathan Raju’s nomination to be president of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. and the search for a new CEO of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System. The Civic Federation said Dr. Raju made great strides during his time as CEO and called the position one of most challenging jobs in the State due to the fast-changing healthcare environment.

January 17, 2014 - 5:49pm


January 17, 2014

Although the most significant change in Illinois’ new pension law consists of a reduction in annual benefit increases paid to current and future retirees, the legislation also requires the State to commit additional funding to the retirement systems through a series of supplemental payments that could total more than $40 billion.


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