Cook County

July 28, 2023

Cook County Preliminary Forecast Shows Substantial Operating Surplus for Year-End FY2023 and Moderate Budget Deficit for FY2024

On June 22, 2023, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle issued a preliminary budget forecast for fiscal year…

February 17, 2023

New Report Shows Record Revenue from Chicago TIFs, Declines in Suburbs

A report released by the Cook County Clerk last month found that revenue from TIF districts increased to a record $1.6 billion for FY2021,…

December 30, 2022

Consumer Taxes in Chicago: Increases and Updates for 2023

The Civic Federation annually releases a report on consumer taxes in the City of Chicago, which will be released next month. Consumer taxes are tied to the use or consumption of certain goods and services that can be charged directly to…

November 18, 2022

Bond Court Watching Reports Highlight Inconsistencies in the Use of Cash Bail in Counties Throughout Illinois

A report recently released by the Civic Federation highlights the…

November 9, 2022

Cook County FY2023 Executive Budget Recommendation: Analysis and Recommendations

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November 3, 2022

Observations of Cook County Felony Bond Court Hearings: Analysis and Recommendations

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October 28, 2022

Cook County Unrestricted General Fund Balance at $869.1 million in FY2021

Fund balance is a term used to describe the net assets of a governmental fund and serves as a measure of budgetary reserves.[1] In FY2021, the last year for which audited…

October 7, 2022

Cook County Repeals Wheel Tax

The Cook County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on September 22, 2022 to…

September 2, 2022

How is Cook County Spending Federal COVID Relief Funds?

Cook County has received $1 billion in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF) and released its latest…

July 22, 2022

Criminal Justice System FY2022 Spending in Chicago and Illinois

The criminal justice system in Illinois is comprised of a multitude of different agencies and systems. This blog post will focus on the departments that make up the key criminal justice system agencies within Chicago and the State of…