State of Illinois

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September 13, 2019

What is a PTELL Referendum and How Does it Work?

In the State of Illinois, non-home rule units of government located in counties subject to the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL) are limited in the size of their annual property tax extension to 5% or the increase in the…

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August 15, 2019

Medicaid Panel Urges Review of Hospital Detox Services for Opioid Addiction

A key Illinois Medicaid panel has recommended that the State move away from costly and often ineffective…

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August 1, 2019

Illinois Enacted FY2020 Budget Part II: The Rebuild Illinois Capital Plan

In an earlier blog post, the Civic Federation analyzed the FY2020 budget enacted by the General Assembly. At the time, the…

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July 18, 2019

Illinois’ Pension Buyout Savings Far Less than Expected

A new pension buyout plan designed to save hundreds of millions of dollars for the State of Illinois in the fiscal year that just ended actually generated relatively…

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July 3, 2019

New Illinois Health Insurer Tax to Generate $1.1 Billion in Federal Revenues

Amid the frenzied activity at the end of the Illinois General Assembly’s spring session, a little-noticed tax on health…

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June 13, 2019

The Property Tax Appeal Board Backlog: A History and Recommendations

Click here to read the full report.Click here to read the press release…

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May 23, 2019

Medicaid 101: How $477 Million Turns into $1.2 Billion

Governor J.B. Pritzker’s FY2020 budget features an array of revenue-raising proposals, such as…

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May 16, 2019

State of Illinois FY2020 Recommended Operating and Capital Budgets: Analysis and Recommendations

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May 9, 2019

Governor Cancels FY2020 Pension Holiday Plan after April Income Tax Surge

Following an unexpected influx of income tax revenues in April 2019, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has dropped a controversial proposal to delay funding for the State’s financially troubled pension funds. The pension holiday, proposed…

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April 26, 2019

Civic Federation – Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Conference on Financing Illinois’ Infrastructure

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Civic Federation co-hosted a sold-out conference earlier this month on the timely topic of infrastructure spending in Illinois. Speakers from around the country discussed best practices in…