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Illinois has grappled with a number of financial challenges over the last decade, including structural deficits, pension underfunding and a two year standoff without a budget. Now, some leaders and advocates have begun to demand renewed attention to how the State funds transportation and other...

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In the News


Crain's Chicago Business

This article discusses a proposal before the Illinois legislature’s personnel and pension committee to borrow $107 billion to put toward the $129 billion in unfunded pension liability. Civic...


WBBM News Radio

This article discusses Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's plan to borrow $6 billion to pay off a portion of the State’s backlog of overdue bills. Civic Federation President Laurence Msall remarks...


Illinois Issues

In this segment, Civic Federation President Laurence Msall discusses key aspects of the State of Illinois’ FY2018 budget and the challenges the State still faces. He says the most important aspect...

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