Welcome to the Civic Federation website!

Our website is designed with the goal of increasing the accessibility of our research with resources such as an updated library that allows visitors to search through Federation and IIFS research and commentary quickly and easily, as well as expanded blogs.

Our blogs, written by Federation staff, will focus on research, events in the news, and other topics on government finance.

The “Issues” page that spotlights the many research interests of the Civic Federation and our Institute for Illinois’ Fiscal Sustainability. Interested in property taxes or the Illinois State Budget? Click the “Issues” tab on the Federation or IIFS sites to see the most recent research on those topics, including relevant blog posts, quick facts, and multimedia.

In the Library, visitors can search by the date reports or blog posts were published; or by government, type of publication, issue, and government fiscal year. The Federation and IIFS are committed to providing citizens, public officials, and the media with critical information about government in Illinois.

As we grow and enable more website features, we welcome your questions and feedback. Click here to email the Civic Federation.

Looking for something from our archives?

The Civic Federation has a large library of research that is not available online. Please feel free to contact us via e-mail with any document requests. Additionally, the Lincoln Park campus of DePaul University maintains an archive of Federation material goes back to the Federation’s origins 115 years ago, as does the University of Illinois at Chicago, whose collection spans 1918 to 1960.