Legislative Agenda

August 11, 2023

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…

January 13, 2023

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…

December 16, 2022

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…

October 18, 2022

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…

September 16, 2022

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…

June 10, 2022

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…

May 20, 2022

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,…

May 10, 2022

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…

January 28, 2022

Chicago's Sports Wagering Ordinance

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

September 16, 2021

Chicago City Council Approves New Police Contract

The Chicago City Council approved a new collective bargaining agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) on September 14, 2021. The FOP is…