February 3, 2024, marked the 130th anniversary of the founding of the Civic Federation. To celebrate this monumental birthday, the Federation has launched an online historical timeline dating back to the organization's founding in the wake of 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Click the button below to explore the Civic Federation's storied, century-spanning history.
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 ...
Looking Back at Illinois’ Five-Year Fiscal Report Budget Projections Ahead of the Release of the Governor’s Recommended FY2025 Budget
Cook County TIF Revenue Continues Record Growth
Civic Federation Celebrates 130th Birthday, Launches Historical Timeline, Remembers Laurence Msall
How Much Does the Chicago Police Department Actually Spend Each Year?
A Q&A With New Civic Federation President Joe Ferguson
Chicago to Vote on Graduated Real Estate Transfer Tax in March 2024
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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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