The Civic Federation

The Civic Federation is a non-partisan government research organization working to maximize the quality and cost-effectiveness of government services in the Chicago region and State of Illinois.

The Federation's membership includes business and professional leaders from a wide range of Chicago-area companies and institutions.

The Civic Federation publishes reports and commentary about local government tax policies, government services, and public expenditures. The Federation's new research institute, the Institute for Illinois' Fiscal Sustainability, examines a wide range of fiscal issues relating to the State of Illinois.

Recent Research


Civic Federation 2016 Legislative Priorities

2016 Civic Federation Legislative Priorities


Estimated Full Value of Real Property in Cook County: 2004-2013

This report provides estimates of the total market value of real property in Cook County from 2004-2013 and shows how property value is spread among the City of Chicago, the northern and the southern...


Estimated Effective Property Tax Rates 2004-2013: Selected Municipalities in Northeastern Illinois

This annual report compares estimated effective property tax rates in the six-county region of northeastern Illinois between 2004 and 2013, the last year for which data are available. Among...


Metropolitan Water Reclamation District FY2016 Tentative Budget: Analysis and Recommendations

The Civic Federation Supports the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District’s tentative budget of $1.21 billion for being reasonable and balanced while maintaining ample reserves and for its...