Reports

Private Sector Job Trends and The Illinois Structural Deficit

Release: January 17, 2007

An analysis of the state's fiscal system finds that Illinois’ state deficit will increase to more than $6 Billion over the next five years, without adding or expanding any programs. This deficit increase is the result of a tax system that does not generate enough revenue to continue funding the current level of public services into the future, adjusting solely for inflation and population growth. This fiscal mismatch is called a “structural deficit.” In addition to an unsustainable state revenue system, the study also found that increasing the number of high paying jobs in the state will no

Changing Chicago's Housing Crisis into New Opportunities

Release: October 12, 2006

This Report examines the crisis conditions of affordable housing in Chicago and offers a way forward.

Fiscal System Basics

Release: October 10, 2006

An overview fiscal systems in general and the of the Illinois' fiscal system.

Transit Uncovered: How to Improve Public Transport in Your Community 

Release: October 4, 2006

An introduction to public transit in Illinois: what it is, how it’s funded, who the major stakeholders are and how to get involved. Includes a glossary of transit terminology.

Illinois’ Medicaid Program

Release: September 5, 2006

An analysis of the role “intergovernmental transfers” and the “upper payment limit” play in financing Illinois’ Medicaid program. These financing mechanisms are critical to funding healthcare for poor and low-income individuals throughout the state. 

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