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


Indicators of Financial Condition: A Comparison of the City of Chicago to 12 Other U.S. Cities from FY2009 through FY2013

Financial Indicators Report, FY2009 to FY2013 Financial Indicators Executive Summary, FY2009 to FY2013


Chicago Public Schools FY2016 Proposed Budget: Analysis and Recommendations

The Civic Federation opposes the Chicago Public Schools proposed $5.7 billion FY2016 budget because it is not balanced and does not provide a sustainable path out of the District’s current...


City Colleges of Chicago FY2016 Tentative Budget: Analysis and Recommendations

The Civic Federation supports the City Colleges tentative FY2016 budget totaling $695.6 million because it continues to minimize the financial burden placed on taxpayers by avoiding a property tax...


Selected Consumer Taxes in the City of Chicago

This annual brief provides a compilation of selected consumer taxes, including rates and descriptions, in place in the City of Chicago as of January 1, 2015. It includes such taxes as the sales tax,...

Job Opportunities

The Civic Federation is hiring a Communications Coordinator, responsible for developing and implementing the Civic Federation’s internal and external communications strategy. Click here for more information on the position and application instructions.

2015 Awards Luncheon

The Civic Federation's 2015 Civic Awards Luncheon was pleased to honor The Boeing Company and Tyrone C. Fahner. Click here for the video tributes to this year's honorees.