Taxes and Fees

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Chicago to Vote on Graduated Real Estate Transfer Tax in March 2024

In September 2023 the Chicago City Council approved placing a referendum on the March 2024 primary…

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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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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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How Chicago’s Effective Property Tax Rates Compare to Those of Other US Cities

The most recent edition of an annual…

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How Should the City of Chicago Evaluate Property Tax Increases?

Throughout the 2023 Chicago mayoral campaign, Mayor Johnson stated that it was his intention to avoid increasing property taxes, citing concerns…

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Johnson Set to Start Tackling Chicago’s Pension Woes, Hemmed in by Vow Not to Raise Property Taxes

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Addressing the Financial Entanglements Between the City of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools

With the upcoming implementation of an elected school board to oversee Chicago Public Schools, the governance of CPS will be separated from the City of Chicago. The 21-member elected school…

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Public Transit in a Post-COVID World

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How the Composite Effective Hotel Tax Rate Is Calculated in Chicago

The Civic Federation released its annual…

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Will Chicago Restore the Head Tax?