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Chicago’s incoming political leadership will immediately face 3 major fiscal challenges: 1. Funding the massive…
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Chicago’s debt service appropriations in FY2019 are projected to be 21.3% of total local fund net appropriations. T…



Nearly two years after it was filed in the Illinois General Assembly, a bill making it easier for the State to sell the James R. Thompson Center has finally landed on the Governor’s desk.

In the meantime, one session of the legislature has ended and a new one has begun. Governor Bruce...


During this decade of financial difficulties, the State of Illinois’ backlog of unpaid bills has become an important indicator of its fiscal condition, relied on by policymakers, rating agencies, taxpayers and journalists. Now two different ways of measuring the backlog have begun to diverge....

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