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Civic Federation Achievements

In the 119 years since its founding, the Civic Federation has been credited with an array of significant accomplishments in improving government efficiency, effectiveness and transparency.

The work of the Federation the 21st century has evolved from its work in the 20th century as a leading advocate for governmental fiscal responsibility and as an effective champion of rational tax policy. The Civic Federation now also places a greater emphasis on working with government officials to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of Chicago-area governments. 

The following is a short round-up of the Civic Federation’s recent and historical achievements, collected as a service to our Board of Directors and the public.



Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law two bills that represent significant first steps toward pension reform in Illinois. Senate Bill 1946 reduces pension benefits for state and local...