Updates and Events

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

CTBA's 2018 Annual Reports is now available online. To view all of CTBA's Annual Reports, go to:  https://www.ctbaonline.org/about/ctba-annual-reports

November 20, 2019

Lunch@65West presents a debate about the proposed Constitutional amendment to establish a graduated income tax system for Illinois.

About this Event

In advance of the November 2020 ballot question facing Illinois citizens, Lunch@65West invites you to join us for a lively debate exploring both sides of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s proposal to amend the Illinois State Constitution to replace the current flat tax with a graduated state income tax.

November 11, 2019

Current Events Discussion Group Chicago is hosting a number of events about topics that will  be changing the world.  On November 11, the League of Women Voters Northside Unit, Forward Chicago, th 40th Aldermanic Ward, the 47th Aldermanic Ward, and Sulzer Regional Library invite you to learn more about the budget and graduated income tax. 

CTBA released the following reports at its annual Fiscal Symposium which was held on Monday, October 21,2019.