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August 25, 2023

Illinois International Port District Improves Transparency of Operations

The Civic Federation issued a report in 2008 that reviewed the operations and finances of the Illinois International Port District (IIPD). In that report, …

August 11, 2023

Civic Federation Attends 2023 Governmental Research Association Conference in Worcester, MA

The Governmental Research Association (GRA), a national group of organizations and individuals engaged in government research and public policy, convened in Worcester, Mass., in late July for its 2023 annual conference. The conference…

May 5, 2023

Public Transit in a Post-COVID World

How should Illinois pay for public transit? This was one of the key questions posed at a recent policy forum on the topic of public transportation in the…

April 14, 2023

Thank You, Transit Policy Forum Attendees!

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Thursday, April 13, at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago for our half-day policy forum, “Public Transit in a Post-COVID World: Building a Financially Stable, Equitable and Accessible Mass Transit…

January 13, 2023

Forest Preserve District of Cook County Pension Funding Legislation Passes Both Houses of the Illinois General Assembly

Following Cook County voters’ approval of a higher property tax levy for the Forest Preserve District of Cook County (FPDCC) via a…

January 6, 2023

CTA’s FY2023 $1.8 Billion Operating Budget Approved

The CTA’s FY2023 budget of $1.8 billion was approved by the Regional Transit Authority Board of Directors on December 15, 2022. This blog presents an overview of that budget as well as data for CTA fiscal plans from FY2019 through 2025.…

November 23, 2022

Early Trends in Online ARPA Reporting by Cities

This blog examines online reporting of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) spending and performance measures by major U.S. cities. A key component of ARPA was a $350 billion infusion of federal funding to state, local and Tribal governments…

November 4, 2022

What Is a PTELL Referendum and How Does It Work?

In the State of Illinois, non-home rule units of government located in counties subject to the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL) are limited in the size of their annual property tax extension to 5% or the increase in the…

October 18, 2022

Civic Federation Supports Passage of Forest Preserve District of Cook County Property Tax Referendum

In a position statement released yesterday, the Civic Federation announced it supports passage of…

April 14, 2022

Chicago Transit Authority Approves $1.7 Billion Budget, Faces Uncertain Fiscal Future

This blog post presents an overview of the Chicago Transit Authority’s FY2022 operating budget, including a summary of how federal stimulus funds were used to balance the budget, and an update on its recent $350 million debt issuance. The…