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


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 May 1, 2016. It includes such taxes as the sales tax...


State of Illinois FY2017 Budget Roadmap

Prior to the release of the Governor’s annual budget recommendation, the Institute for Illinois’ Fiscal Sustainability at the Civic Federation releases an analysis of the State of...


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...

Upcoming Events

  • 06.29.16

    The Civic Federation’s 2016 Civic Awards Luncheon

    The Board of Directors of the Civic Federation are pleased to honor John Canning, Chairman of Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC, with the Lyman J. Gage Award for Outstanding Civic Contribution by a...

Job Opportunities

The Civic Federation is hiring a Senior Research Associate who will work in a team to compose local budget analyses and write long-term research reports on public finance issues. Click here for more information on the position and application instructions.

The Civic Federation is hiring a Local Government Research Intern to help monitor and track local legislation and prepare memos on local government public meetings for senior staff. Click here for more information on the position and application instructions.