State of Illinois

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

On November 15, 2023, the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) released the …

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2023 Year in Review

The following are summaries of the five most-read posts presented on the Civic Federation’s blog in 2023, listed here in chronological order. The posts examine issues related to Illinois taxes and debt, Tier 2 Benefits, the SAFE-T Act…

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National Report Presents Tools for Sustainable State Budgeting

Federal pandemic assistance provided to states through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) contributed to budget surpluses for many states, which were used for a mix of one-time…

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Tier 2 Pensions and the Safe Harbor Issue: Explained

Policy Brief: Tier 2 Pensions and Safe Harbor ExplainedThe Civic Federation partnered with the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago to draft…

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Tier 2 Pensions and the Safe Harbor Issue: Explained

Policy Brief: Tier 2 Pensions and Safe Harbor ExplainedThe Civic Federation partnered with the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago to draft…

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Illinois Casinos Generate $1.5 Billion in Revenue Over the Past Year

New data from the Illinois Gaming Board show that casino revenue gross receipts have continued their recent trend of annual growth, thereby increasing tax allocations to…

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Pretrial Provisions of SAFE-T Act Took Effect This Week

On July 18, 2023, the Illinois Supreme Court released a …

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The State of Illinois FY2024 Enacted Budget

During the last week of May, after the Illinois General Assembly had been scheduled to adjourn, legislators passed four budget bills for fiscal year 2024: the…

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Civic Federation Written Testimony to House Personnel and Pensions Committee

The Civic Federation submitted the following written testimony to Chairperson Kifowit and Members of the House Personnel & Pensions Committee on August 9, 2023.Dear Chairperson Kifowit and Members of the House Personnel & Pensions…

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State of Illinois Enacts $46.5 Billion FY2024 Capital Budget

The General Assembly has approved and Governor Pritzker has signed an approximately $46.5 billion FY2024 …