Legislative Agenda

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2023 Year in Review

The following are summaries of the five most-read posts presented on the Civic Federation’s blog in 2023, listed here in chronological order. The posts examine issues related to Illinois taxes and debt, Tier 2 Benefits, the SAFE-T Act…

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Civic Federation Attends 2023 Governmental Research Association Conference in Worcester, MA

The Governmental Research Association (GRA), a national group of organizations and individuals engaged in government research and public policy, convened in Worcester, Mass., in late July for its 2023 annual conference. The conference…

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Forest Preserve District of Cook County Pension Funding Legislation Passes Both Houses of the Illinois General Assembly

Following Cook County voters’ approval of a higher property tax levy for the Forest Preserve District of Cook County (FPDCC) via a…

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Summary of Amendments to Public Act 101-0652, the SAFE-T Act

The Illinois General Assembly passed a series of amendments during veto session in early December to the SAFE-T (Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity – Today) Act, the criminal justice omnibus law enacted in early 2021. The SAFE-T…

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Civic Federation Supports Passage of Forest Preserve District of Cook County Property Tax Referendum

In a position statement released yesterday, the Civic Federation announced it supports passage of…

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Correcting Misinformation about Illinois Pretrial Reforms: What the Pretrial Fairness Act Does and Does Not Do

With the increasingly polarized political environment and the November 2022 mid-term election approaching, the debate about pretrial reforms in Illinois has been at the forefront in the news media and on social media. The pretrial reforms…

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Chicago Referendum Campaign Launched to Increase Real Estate Transfer Tax on Multimillion Dollar Properties

Bring Chicago Home, a grassroots coalition dedicated to securing an earmarked revenue stream to combat homelessness, has launched a campaign to put a referendum on the City of…

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Chicago Chooses a Casino Site

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has selected Bally’s Corporation to develop a mega casino in the River West neighborhood at the site of the Chicago Tribune’s current printing plant at Chicago and Halsted Avenues. In addition to the casino,…

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Cook County Board to Consider Increase to Elected Officials’ Salaries

Update (May 24, 2022): The Cook County Finance Committee held a special meeting on the elected officials’ salary ordinance and approved the salary increases laid out in…

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Chicago's Sports Wagering Ordinance

On December 15, 2021, the Chicago City Council approved an ordinance (SO2021-3243) to regulate sports wagering in the…