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The following blog post discusses how the City of Chicago has used surplus revenue in its tax increment financing (TIF) districts since 2013.
TIF is a powerful...
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 in the...
After several years of study and discussions, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) approved an intergovernmental agreement with Cook County for the MWRD to share services of the Cook County Office of the Independent Inspector General. The intergovernmental...
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 infrastructure planning and possible funding sources as...
On the eve of the February 26 Chicago municipal election, this article explored the significant challenges facing the City of Chicago. One of the most significant issues is the City's loss of...
This article discussed Chicago Public Schools' $324 million surplus for fiscal year 2018, its first budget surplus in three years. Civic Federation President Laurence Msall said that the surplus...