State of Illinois

March 10, 2023

Governor’s FY2024 Proposed Budget Includes Increased Spending for State Agencies, Moderate Revenue Projections

The State of Illinois FY2024 budget

January 27, 2023

Illinois’ Spending Plan for Opioid Settlement Funds

On February 3, 2022, Attorney General Raoul announced that the State of Illinois and local governments…

December 30, 2022

Consumer Taxes in Chicago: Increases and Updates for 2023

The Civic Federation annually releases a report on consumer taxes in the City of Chicago, which will be released next month. Consumer taxes are tied to the use or consumption of certain goods and services that can be charged directly to…

December 16, 2022

Summary of Amendments to Public Act 101-0652, the SAFE-T Act

The Illinois General Assembly passed a series of amendments during veto session in early December to the SAFE-T (Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity – Today) Act, the criminal justice omnibus law enacted in early 2021. The SAFE-T…

December 7, 2022

The State of Illinois’ Five-Year Fiscal Report

On November 14, 2022, the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) released the Illinois Economic and Fiscal Policy Report. The report includes changes to the FY2023 enacted budget revenue forecast and a five-year budgetary…

November 18, 2022

Bond Court Watching Reports Highlight Inconsistencies in the Use of Cash Bail in Counties Throughout Illinois

A report recently released by the Civic Federation highlights the…

October 21, 2022

What Does the Elimination of Cash Bail Mean for Illinois Jurisdictions?

Last year, the Civic Federation worked in partnership with the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts (AOIC) and the Illinois Supreme Court’s Pretrial Implementation Task Force to release a…

September 30, 2022

State of Illinois Collected $1.9 Billion in Gaming Revenue in FY2022

The Commission on Governmental Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA) has released a new report on gaming in Illinois. The report provides a comprehensive…

September 22, 2022

New Report: Illinois Property Taxes Among Highest in Nation

It is conventional wisdom that taxpayers in Illinois pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation. That assertion is borne out in a report…

September 16, 2022

Correcting Misinformation about Illinois Pretrial Reforms: What the Pretrial Fairness Act Does and Does Not Do

With the increasingly polarized political environment and the November 2022 mid-term election approaching, the debate about pretrial reforms in Illinois has been at the forefront in the news media and on social media. The pretrial reforms…