Legislative Agenda

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…