State of Illinois

November 19, 2021

Illinois Department Of Transportation To Implement Project Prioritization System

Illinois enacted a $48.7 billion multi-year FY2022 capital budget in June 2021. Unlike the State’s annual General Funds budget, which is intended to cover only the cost of operations for the current fiscal year, capital appropriations are…

November 11, 2021

Evaluating Ideas for Homeowner Property Tax Relief

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (Lincoln Institute) released last week an evaluation of common property tax relief programs…

September 24, 2021

Quantifying what the Elimination of Cash Bond Means in Illinois

In a report released last week, the Civic Federation and…

September 15, 2021

Updated Report: Elimination of Cash Bail in Illinois: Financial Impact Analysis

The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts (AOIC) and the Civic Federation originally released a report on behalf of the Illinois Supreme Court Pretrial Practices Implementation Task Force on September 13, 2021 that measured the…

September 8, 2021

The FY2022 Capital Budget Enacted By The General Assembly

The General Assembly approved and Governor Pritzker signed an approximately $48.7 billion capital budget on June 17, 2021.[1]   Unlike the State’s annual General Funds budget,…

September 2, 2021

Equity-Based Commission to Develop New Model for Public University Funding in Illinois

On August 24, 2021, Governor Pritzker signed legislation

August 13, 2021

State of Illinois Received First Credit Upgrades in Two Decades

The State of Illinois received some good fiscal news this summer: two rating agencies upgraded the State’s credit ratings and a third revised its outlook to positive. The credit upgrades were the first in in two decades, reversing years of…

July 29, 2021

The State of Illinois’ FY2022 Enacted Budget Reflects Pandemic Recovery, Federal Support

The fiscal year 2022 budget for the State of Illinois and the process that created it showed the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but also the beginnings of a recovery within the State economy. Unlike the FY2021 budget, the…

June 18, 2021

What is the State of Illinois’ Cannabis Social Equity Program and How Will New Legislation Reform It?

The Illinois General Assembly recently passed major revisions to its initial 2019 adult-use cannabis law. The revisions target an important provision of the original law that was meant to ensure access by disadvantaged communities to the…

May 14, 2021

Breaking Down the Issue of Public Access to Judicial Branch Data in Illinois

UPDATE - February 23 2022:  This blog has been updated with corrections to the information about other states where court data is subject to disclosure through FOIA laws or court rules, under the section “How Illinois FOIA Law Compares to…