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February 9, 2022

Performance Measurements in the American Rescue Plan Act

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law on March 11, 2021 and provides for $350 billion in funding for eligible state, local,…

January 21, 2022

CTA Releases $3.5 Billion 5-Year Capital Plan

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) released a $3.5 billion, five year FY2022-FY2026 capital plan in October 2021. The CTA…

October 22, 2021

Recently Enacted Changes to the Chicago Park District’s Pension Funding Schedule

Over the summer, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed into law Public Act 102-0263, which makes changes to the funding schedule for the Chicago Park District’s…

August 17, 2021

What We Learned about Bail Reform and Police Budgeting Reform from Two Expert Panel Discussions

The Civic Federation hosted a series of criminal justice reform panel discussions as part of the annual conference of the Governmental Research Association in July. Here we highlight the key…

February 22, 2021

Pretrial Reform Efforts in Illinois and Outcomes from Other States

Recently, Cook County, the State of Illinois and other jurisdictions across the U.S. have begun to implement policy changes to reduce reliance on monetary bail and release more individuals while awaiting trial. These changes come amid a…

January 22, 2021

Chicago Transit Authority 5-Year Capital Plan Totals $3.4 Billion

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) released a $3.4 billion, five year FY2021-FY2025 capital plan in October 2020. The CTA prepares a…

October 2, 2020

Update: McPier Issues $160.7 Million in Bonds

This is an update of a previous Civic Federation blog on the finances of the Metropolitan Pier and…

August 28, 2020

The Governmental Research Association: Think-Tanking Across the USA

The Civic Federation is a member of the Governmental Research Association, the national organization of individuals professionally engaged in government research. Founded in 1914, the GRA has for more than 100 years worked to promote…

August 21, 2020

CTA Amends FY2020 Budget Due to COVID-19

On August 12, 2020 the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) approved Ordinance 020-070 amending its FY2020 budget to incorporate $690.1 million of the CARES…

August 6, 2020

States Beg, Borrow and Cut to Cope with Pandemic-Wracked Finances

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on state budgets, with tax revenue shortfalls estimated to total about $200 billion for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 compared with initial projections.…