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


Chicago Public Schools FY2017 Proposed Budget: Analysis and Recommendations

The Civic Federation cannot support the Chicago Public Schools proposed $5.46 billion budget because it effectively remains out-of-balance by relying on uncertain funding and one-time measures in...


Estimated Full Value of Real Property in Cook County: 2005-2014

This report provides estimates of the total market value of real property in Cook County from 2005-2014 and shows how property value is spread among the City of Chicago, the northern and the...


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...

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

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