Updates and Events

If you missed CTBA's Fiscal Symposium, on November 9, 2021, you can watch it now!

November 9, 2021

The last 19 months have been difficult for everyone, and finding an equitable path forward is more important than ever. The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (“CTBA”) is pleased to announce the return of its fiscal symposium and welcomes Speaker Chris Welch as the keynote presenter. CTBA hopes to encourage a robust and yet practical discussion of how the fiscal situation in Illinois impacts the public policy systems that can build equity and create opportunity throughout the state, and what can be done about it.

November 9, 2021

Where Do We Go From Here? Moving Toward Greater Equity in Illinois

November 2, 2021

The Herb H. Franks Endowed Seminar in Political Science:
The Prospects, Hopes and Failures of Educational Achievement at K-12

House Speaker Emanuel "Chris" Welch to Keynote CTBA Fiscal Symposium!

April 22, 2021

Lutheran Day is an annual event that traditionally gathers people of faith and their friends in Springfield to learn more about how they can become involved in our advocacy efforts and have meaningful and confident conversations with their Illinois congressional representatives.

Ralph Martire’s column in both the Daily Herald and The News Gazette reveals that research conducted over the last two decades indicates investing in infrastructure stimulates the economy and creates job growth.

March 8, 2021

  • How can we make a tough budget more progressive?
  • How do we prevent inequitable budget cuts?
  • What are refundable tax credits, and are they an answer to reducing inequity? 

Join Good Government Illinois’s David Orr, State Representative Robyn Gabel, and Ralph Martire, Executive at the Center Tax and Budget Accountability and Arthur Rubloff Professor of Public Policy at Roosevelt University for a dive into the Illinois State Budget.

March 4, 2021

Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford, Representative Carol Ammons and Representative La Shawn Ford invite you to a virtual town hall to discuss HB 2170, the education and workforce development bill —the second pillar of the Black Caucus Agenda to rid Illinois of Systemic Racism.


The town hall will be broadcast on Senator Lightford's page via Facebook Live. To attend on Zoom, click here: https://bit.ly/3rhm3Uw.  Passcode: 066292

Passcode: 066292

Contact the office of Senator Lightford with any questions at (312) 459-6210 or www.senatorlightford.com/contact-us

February 24, 2021

About the event: The Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (IRRPP) at UIC invite you to a presentation and panel discussion of a new IRRPP report Chicago's Racial Wealth Gap: Legacies of the Past, Challenges in the Present, Uncertain Futures documenting how local patterns in racial wealth gaps shape the lives of Chicagoans.

Analysis of the experiences and life trajectories of the 99 middle class Black, Latinx, and White families who generously shared their stories with us demonstrate that there is much work to be done to support families who are contending today not just with the legacies of past inequities but with the ongoing failures of public policy to address basic needs. The presentation will be followed by a panelist discussion.

Panelists Include:

  • Amanda E. Lewis (UIC)
  • Allison Flanagan (Center for Tax and Budget Accountability)
  • Damon Jones (University of Chicago)
  • Joanna Trotter (The Chicago Community Trust)
  • Louise Seamster (University of Iowa)
  • Lorena Garcia (UIC).