City of Chicago

September 1, 2023

Chicago Police Department Budget Q&A

This blog takes an updated look at the Chicago Police Department (CPD) budget and …

July 14, 2023

A City Charter for Chicago?

In recent years there has been renewed interest in developing and implementing a city charter for Chicago. A key theme in Ed Bachrach and Austin Berg’s 2019 book, The New Chicago Way: Lessons from Other…

June 23, 2023

Recommendations to Strengthen the Council Office of Financial Analysis

Last week, the Civic Federation released its report, Financial Challenges Facing the Chicago Mayor and the City Council, which provided an overview of…

June 21, 2023

How Should the City of Chicago Evaluate Property Tax Increases?

Throughout the 2023 Chicago mayoral campaign, Mayor Johnson stated that it was his intention to avoid increasing property taxes, citing concerns…

June 19, 2023

Johnson Set to Start Tackling Chicago’s Pension Woes, Hemmed in by Vow Not to Raise Property Taxes

June 17, 2023

These Are the Four Major Takeaways From the City’s $6.2 Billion Budget Deal

June 16, 2023

Chicago City Council should be reduced by half, Civic Federation recommends

June 15, 2023

Civic Federation Report Details Financial Challenges Facing Chicago's New Mayor and City Officials

Analysis also explores revenue options and offers recommendations for reform(CHICAGO) – The Civic Federation released a report today detailing the City of Chicago’s major financial challenges, as well as options and recommendations to…

June 14, 2023

Financial Challenges Facing the Chicago Mayor and City Council: Options and Recommendations

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June 8, 2023

Addressing the Financial Entanglements Between the City of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools

With the upcoming implementation of an elected school board to oversee Chicago Public Schools, the governance of CPS will be separated from the City of Chicago. The 21-member elected school…