City of Chicago

October 16, 2020

How Flexible is the Chicago Police Department Budget?

With the City of Chicago facing a $1.2 billion budget deficit heading into the next fiscal year and calls from community advocates for more funding for violence prevention and social services, the current situation begs the question of…

September 10, 2020

City of Chicago Releases Projection of FY2020 Revenue Shortfall Due to COVID-19

The City of Chicago recently released its Budget Forecast for FY2021, which provides financial estimates for the City’s…

July 1, 2020

County and Municipal Cannabis Sales Taxes Go Into Effect July 1

Starting July 1, 2020, many Illinois cannabis consumers will see an increase in the taxes they pay on recreational cannabis as the Cannabis Retailers’ Occupation Tax that is allowed to be imposed by counties and municipalities goes into…

June 23, 2020

What is the Chicago Police Department Budget?

In the wake of protests over the deaths of George Floyd and other Black Americans at the hands of police officers, police accountability and reform has risen to the forefront in government discussions, and residents in…

May 15, 2020

Update: How Public Safety Agencies Have Been Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

This blog post is an update to the Civic Federation’s April 9, 2020 blog post: How COVID-19 is Impacting…

April 24, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic Will Have Serious Impact on Finances of Chicago’s Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority and the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority

The coronavirus pandemic has dealt a severe blow to Chicago’s hospitality industry. Conventions have been cancelled, dine-in restaurants have closed, airport traffic has plunged and sporting events have been cancelled. As of early April,…

April 17, 2020

Chicago Local Governments’ Executive Orders Provide for Continuance of Government Functions During the COVID-19 Crisis

As discussed in a previous blog post, the unprecedented public health emergency brought on by…

April 10, 2020

How City Councils in Major Cities are Governing During COVID-19

The spread of the COVID-19 virus and the measures put in place to reduce the transmission…

April 9, 2020

How COVID-19 is Impacting Chicago’s Criminal Justice System and How Public Safety Agencies are Responding

The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on all sectors, including the criminal justice system. How are the public safety agencies in Chicago, Cook County and Illinois responding to the public health emergency? Cook County…

April 8, 2020

Civic Federation Research on the Fiscal Impact of COVID-19

The Civic Federation is examining the fiscal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the State of Illinois and its local governments. The following are blog posts and other items covering various topics related to the pandemic.…