THE CIVIC FEDERATION IS A NON-PARTISAN GOVERNMENT RESEARCH ORGANIZATION

Working to maximize the quality and cost-effectiveness of government services in the Chicago region and State of Illinois

LATEST RESEARCH

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Joint Letter Cover
February 29, 2024

Civic Groups Call on Chicago City Council to Improve Transparency and Public Access

In a joint letter sent Tuesday, the Civic Federation, the Better Government Association and the League of Women Voters of Chicago urged Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson and Chicago’s City Council to improve transparency and public access to information regarding legislation ...

. February 20, 2024

Looking Back at Illinois’ Five-Year Fiscal Report Budget Projections Ahead of the Release of the Governor’s Recommended FY2025 Budget

. February 6, 2024

Cook County TIF Revenue Continues Record Growth

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February 2, 2024

Civic Federation Celebrates 130th Birthday, Launches Historical Timeline, Remembers Laurence Msall

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January 26, 2024

How Much Does the Chicago Police Department Actually Spend Each Year?

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January 16, 2024

A Q&A With New Civic Federation President Joe Ferguson

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January 5, 2024

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

OUR MISSION

Non-partisan government research is more important than ever.

Founded in the aftermath of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair by the same local leaders who made the legendary event a reality, the Civic Federation provides objective research, analysis and recommendations that:

  • Champion efficient delivery of high-quality government services
  • Promote sustainable tax policies and responsible long-term financial planning
  • Improve government transparency and accountability
  • Educate and serve as a resource for policymakers, opinion leaders and the broader public
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GOVERNMENTS WE STUDY

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City of Chicago
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City of Chicago

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Cook County
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Cook County

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State of Illinois
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State of Illinois

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Chicago Public Schools
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Chicago Public Schools

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Other Governments