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

LATEST RESEARCH

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Cook County FY2024 Report
November 15, 2023

Cook County FY2024 Proposed Budget: Analysis and Recommendations

Click here to read the full report.Click here to read the press release for this analysis. EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThe Civic Federation supports the Cook County FY2024 Executive Budget Recommendation of $9.1 billion. It continues the Preckwinkle Administration’s track record of ...

. February 20, 2024

Looking Back at Illinois’ Five-Year Fiscal Report Budget Projections Ahead of the Release of the Governor’s Recommended FY2025 Budget

. February 6, 2024

Cook County TIF Revenue Continues Record Growth

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February 2, 2024

Civic Federation Celebrates 130th Birthday, Launches Historical Timeline, Remembers Laurence Msall

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January 26, 2024

How Much Does the Chicago Police Department Actually Spend Each Year?

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January 16, 2024

A Q&A With New Civic Federation President Joe Ferguson

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January 5, 2024

Chicago to Vote on Graduated Real Estate Transfer Tax in March 2024

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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EL train
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Other Governments