State of Illinois

October 23, 2020

Civic Federation Releases Issue Brief on the Graduated Income Tax Proposal

Earlier in 2020 the Civic Federation released a series of three

October 23, 2020

The Graduated Income Tax Proposal: An Issue Brief

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October 9, 2020

Budgeting in the Time of Coronavirus: Uncertainty and Surprises

The State of Illinois’ FY2020 fourth quarter revenue report contained a…

September 18, 2020

The FY2021 Capital Budget Enacted by the General Assembly

The General Assembly enacted an approximately $49.2 billion capital budget on May 24, 2020.[1] Spending proposed in the capital budget includes funding from the State, grants from…

August 12, 2020

CARES Act Distribution and its Discontents

As state and local governments…

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.…

July 8, 2020

CARES Act Funds to Reach Smaller Illinois Counties and Municipalities

Since the federal government provided $139 billion of coronavirus relief funds to states and large cities and counties in April,…

June 26, 2020

Update on Illinois Short-Term Debt

Since the Civic Federation published a blog on short-term debt in Illinois on May…

June 2, 2020

Illinois FY2021 Budget Relies on Federal Loans and Backlog Borrowing

When Illinois lawmakers met in Springfield to pass a budget for the upcoming fiscal year, the main issue they confronted was the tax…

May 15, 2020

Update: How Public Safety Agencies Have Been Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

This blog post is an update to the Civic Federation’s April 9, 2020 blog post: How COVID-19 is Impacting…