State of Illinois

May 13, 2021

State of Illinois FY2022 Recommended Operating and Capital Budgets: Analysis and Recommendations

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May 7, 2021

Illinois Pension Buyout Update

As laid out in many Civic Federation blogs over the last several years, the State’s two pension buyout plans, which were enacted as part of the FY2019 budget…

April 29, 2021

An Inventory of Local Governments in Illinois: Municipalities

The Civic Federation’s recently released Inventory of Local Governments in Illinois report identified a total of 8,923 units of local government in Illinois. This includes 2,826 general…

February 23, 2021

An Inventory of Local Governments in Illinois

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February 22, 2021

Pretrial Reform Efforts in Illinois and Outcomes from Other States

Recently, Cook County, the State of Illinois and other jurisdictions across the U.S. have begun to implement policy changes to reduce reliance on monetary bail and release more individuals while awaiting trial. These changes come amid a…

February 15, 2021

Summary of Provisions in Illinois House Bill 3653: Criminal Justice Omnibus Bill

UPDATE: On February 22, 2021, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed House Bill 3653 Senate Amendment 2 into law as Public Act 101-0652 – dubbed…

February 12, 2021

Recap: The 29th Annual Motorola Solutions Foundation Excellence in Public Service Awards Virtual Event

Honoring Dr. Ngozi Ezike and Dr. Allison Arwady On Wednesday, February 10, 2021 the Motorola Solutions Foundation and the Civic Federation honored the outstanding public service contributions of Dr. Ngozi Ezike and Dr. Allison Arwady. Dr…

January 6, 2021

Medicaid Dilemma: How to Transform Safety Net Hospitals

UPDATE: In the final hours of the lame duck session on January 13, the Illinois General Assembly passed legislation providing for spending up to $150 million annually through fiscal year 2027 to modernize safety net hospitals.…

December 14, 2020

Illinois Expects to Spend Its Entire Coronavirus Relief Allocation

UPDATE: The $900 billion relief bill passed by Congress on December 21 did not provide more financial assistance for state and…

November 20, 2020

With Revenue Projection Up, Illinois Still Faces Daunting Budget Challenges

Illinois has lost less tax revenue than expected this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the State still faces a significant budget gap, according to the latest official projection. The Governor’s annual…