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According to the United States Census of Governments, the State of Illinois has by far the highest number of local governments in any state, at 6,918. However, a Civic Federation analysis of multiple...Learn More
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Unlike the State’s annual General Funds budget, which is intended to cover only the cost of operations for the current...
On August 24, 2021, Governor Pritzker signed legislation that will create a Higher Education Evidence-Based...
The Civic Federation hosted a series of criminal justice reform panel discussions as part of the annual conference of the Governmental Research Association in July. Here we highlight the key takeaways from discussions on two topics currently at the...
The State of Illinois received some good fiscal news this summer: two rating agencies upgraded the State’s credit ratings and a third revised its outlook to positive. The credit upgrades were the first in in two decades, reversing years of negative news.
The State of Illinois currently...
The Illinois Supreme Court and the Civic Federation today announced the results of a report on the elimination of cash bail and the effect it will have on counties throughout Illinois.
By Jim Dey
One of the unique aspects of a governmental entity going broke is that few notice — or even object — until the ship of state founders.
That’s the way it’s been with...
For more than nine months, Gov. J.B. Pritzker has done an admirable job of steering our state through the most dangerous public health crisis in a century. Unfortunately, the work for which voters...