Cook County

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Civic Federation Research on the Fiscal Impact of COVID-19

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Recap of Civic Federation Candidate Forum: Circuit Court Clerk of Cook County

The Civic Federation, in partnership with the Union League Club of Chicago, co-hosted a panel featuring candidates for Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County on February 21, 2020. The Civic Federation thanks the four Democratic…

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Report of the Task Force on the Reform of the Cook County Property Tax Appeals Process

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Report of the Task Force on the Reform of the Cook County Property Tax Appeals Process II

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What is the Cook County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office and What Issues Does it Face?

In the November 2020 general election, Cook County voters will elect a new Circuit Court Clerk for the first time since 2000, with current Clerk Dorothy Brown opting not to run for reelection. Four Democratic candidates and one Republican…

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How Will Illinois Tax Recreational Cannabis?

UPDATE: The Cook County Board passed ordinance 20…

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Cook County FY2020 Executive Budget Recommendation: Analysis and Recommendations

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Residential Effective Property Tax Rates Increased Across Cook County in Last Decade

The Civic Federation recently released its annual Effective Property Tax Rates report, which…

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Cook County Pension Unfunded Liabilities Increased $3.8 Billion in Last Decade

Since the beginning of FY2009, the Cook County Pension Fund has seen an increase in its liabilities not covered by assets, or the unfunded liability, of nearly $3.8 billion. The increase is attributable to a number of factors and has…

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Estimated Effective Property Tax Rates 2008-2017: Selected Municipalities in Northeastern Illinois