State of Illinois

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The FY2022 Capital Budget Enacted By The General Assembly

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Equity-Based Commission to Develop New Model for Public University Funding in Illinois

On August 24, 2021, Governor Pritzker signed legislation

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State of Illinois Received First Credit Upgrades in Two Decades

The State of Illinois received some good fiscal news this summer: two rating agencies upgraded the State’s credit ratings and a third revised its outlook to positive. The credit upgrades were the first in in two decades, reversing years of…

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The State of Illinois’ FY2022 Enacted Budget Reflects Pandemic Recovery, Federal Support

The fiscal year 2022 budget for the State of Illinois and the process that created it showed the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but also the beginnings of a recovery within the State economy. Unlike the FY2021 budget, the…

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What is the State of Illinois’ Cannabis Social Equity Program and How Will New Legislation Reform It?

The Illinois General Assembly recently passed major revisions to its initial 2019 adult-use cannabis law. The revisions target an important provision of the original law that was meant to ensure access by disadvantaged communities to the…

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Breaking Down the Issue of Public Access to Judicial Branch Data in Illinois

UPDATE - February 23 2022:  This blog has been updated with corrections to the information about other states where court data is subject to disclosure through FOIA laws or court rules, under the section “How Illinois FOIA Law…

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State of Illinois FY2022 Recommended Operating and Capital Budgets: Analysis and Recommendations

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Illinois Pension Buyout Update

As laid out in many Civic Federation blogs over the last several years, the State’s two pension buyout plans, which were enacted as part of the FY2019 budget…

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An Inventory of Local Governments in Illinois: Municipalities

The Civic Federation’s recently released Inventory of Local Governments in Illinois report identified a total of 8,923 units of local government in Illinois. This includes 2,826 general…

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An Inventory of Local Governments in Illinois