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


City Colleges of Chicago FY2017 Tentative Budget: Analysis and Recommendations

The Civic Federation supports the City Colleges of Chicago’s proposed FY2017 operating budget. The $523.7-million budget is a reasonable plan given the unprecedented uncertainty surrounding...


State of Illinois FY2017 Recommended Operating Budget: Analysis and Recommendations

The Civic Federation is unable to support Governor Rauner’s recommended budget for FY2017 because it has an operating deficit of at least $3.5 billion and presents an insufficiently detailed...


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...

Job Opportunities

The Civic Federation is hiring a Senior Analyst — Debt / Infrastructure to work with the Civic Federation research team to analyze the State of Illinois’ capital and infrastructure needs, budgeting, financing, and debt management. Click here for more information on the position and application instructions.

Annual Report

Download a copy of the Civic Federation's 2015 Annual Report