Updates and Events

July 14, 2020

Unitarian Universalist Advocacy Network of Illinois will host CTBA Executive Director and Roosevelt University Professor of Public Policy for an online presentation about the state budget and what a fair tax means for Illinoisans.

The Impact of Underfunding the Evidence-Based Funding Formula report analyzes the steps the EBF takes when the Minimum Target Level is not satisfied and how limited or no new Tier funding would impact districts by Tier, income level, race, and geography. The report also analyzes how state funding would be allocated if the state is unable to hold funding level with the prior fiscal year, resulting in a reduction in funding for the EBF.

A property tax freeze could pose substantial costs to students across the state by limiting the amount of funding districts could receive compared to the current law in which there is no property tax freeze. To learn more, download CTBA's report, Potential Impact of a Property Tax Freeze on School Funding.

April 15, 2020

This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date. We will update this information as soon as a new date has been confirmed.

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights why it is so crucial to ensure the public sector has the fiscal capacity to deal with societal problems. While the pandemic is an extreme case that impacts virtually everyone, once we get past this challenge, it is essential we recognize that even in normal times, for communities to thrive on a day-to-day basis the public needs access to schools; disadvantaged populations need a variety of easily-accessible, well designed and adequately staffed support services; low-income and increasingly middle-income families need access to affordable healthcare and housing--the list goes on from there. So as we come together as a state and as a nation to overcome the challenges created  by the COVID-19 pandemic, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that our tax dollars are what provide the public sector the capacity to ensure everyone has access to those core services that make for a quality existence.

March 10, 2020

League of Women Voters of Downers Grove-Woodridge-Lisle will host CTBA's Research Associate Allison Flanagan. Allison will discuss the Fair Tax Amendment. The Fair Tax Amendment, a binding referendum, will be on the November 3, 2020, ballot. 

Download a copy of the event FLYER or contact Mary Hobein, mhobein@hotmail.com, at the League of Women Voters for more information. 

January 30, 2020

Ralph Martire joins The Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy and Roosevelt University to discuss Illinois'  Fiscal Crisis. Learn about current facts and a way forward.  REGISTER HERE or contact The Stevenson Center at info@stevensoncenterondemocracy.org with any questions.

January 21, 2020

John State Rep. Kalish in an informative session about pensions: how they work, how they’re structured, what are the issues surrounding them, and proposed solutions. Download a copy of the EVENT FLYER

Questions? Call (847) 673-1131 or email weharding16@gmail.com



The Center of Tax and Budget Accountability ("CTBA") is seeking a Research Intern to join our team.  The mission of CTBA is to identify and develop rigorous, non-partisan, data-driven analyses and public policy recommendations that will improve the fiscal health of Illinois. CTBA’s principal goal is to ensure major policy systems work to promote social and economic justice.

To learn more, download a copy of the INTERN JOB DESCRIPTION