August 22, 2007
The Civic Federation gives qualified support to the Chicago Public Schools Recommended 5.8 billion dollar FY2008 operating budget. The District has made efforts to contain costs and improve budget transparency. However, the Civic Federation's support is based on the District's pledge to develop publicly-available long-term planning processes and documents next year. The Civic Federation also urges the District to reduce its property tax levy by 32 million dollars in response to unexpected additional revenues from the State of Illinois.