THE CIVIC FEDERATION IS A NON-PARTISAN GOVERNMENT RESEARCH ORGANIZATION

Working to maximize the quality and cost-effectiveness of government services in the Chicago region and State of Illinois

2024 Annual Civic Awards

Join us on Thursday, June 27 for the 2024 Annual Civic Awards at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. We’re thrilled to honor the recipients of the newly renamed Gage-Msall Award, Hon. Heather Steans, Jennifer Steans and Robin Steans, as well as our Addams-Palmer Award winner, Clayco.

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LATEST RESEARCH

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State of Illinois FY2025 Budget Cover
May 14, 2024

State of Illinois FY2025 Recommended Operating and Capital Budgets: Analysis and Recommendations

The State of Illinois has made significant progress on stabilizing its finances, ending each of the past four fiscal years with budget surpluses. Those surpluses were driven by several factors: strong revenue performance via a strong economic recovery from COVID-19 and th...

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Reforming Mass Transit Governance in the Chicago Region

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Report: Consumer Taxes in Chicago as of Jan. 1, 2024

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April 11, 2024

Civic Federation Testifies on City of Chicago’s Proposed $1.25 Billion Housing and Economic Development Bond

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April 11, 2024

As Chicago Looks to Expiring TIF Districts for Increased Revenue, Here’s a Reminder of How TIF Works

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March 28, 2024

Evaluation of the Pretrial Fairness Act's Implementation in Cook County

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March 13, 2024

Graduated Real Estate Transfer Tax and Bring Chicago Home Proposal: Data and Policy Analysis

OUR MISSION

Non-partisan government research is more important than ever.

Founded in the aftermath of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair by the same local leaders who made the legendary event a reality, the Civic Federation provides objective research, analysis and recommendations that:

  • Champion efficient delivery of high-quality government services
  • Promote sustainable tax policies and responsible long-term financial planning
  • Improve government transparency and accountability
  • Educate and serve as a resource for policymakers, opinion leaders and the broader public
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GOVERNMENTS WE STUDY

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City of Chicago
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City of Chicago

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Cook County
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Cook County

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State of Illinois
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State of Illinois

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Chicago Public Schools
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Chicago Public Schools

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Other Governments