Updates and Events

CTBA’s Ralph Martire provided an overview of the Illinois fiscal condition and the daunting challenges facing the 99th General Assembly and the new Governor at the January 21, 2015 fiscal forum, Truth or Consequences.

WTTW's Phil Ponce was joined by Ralph Martire, Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, Louis Kosiba, Executive Director at Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, and Ted Dabrowski, Vice President of Policy at Illinois Policy Institute, to discuss Illinois

October 9, 2014

Ralph Martire of the Chicago-based Center for Tax and Budget Accountability will speak at the "Tax Talk Listening Session" hosted by Carol Ammons, candidate for State Rep in the 103rd District of Illinois. The event will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Douglass Center Annex, 804 N. Fifth St., Champaign.

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Moving Forward: Policies to Make Illinois Competitive in a Global Economy

April 2, 2014

Amanda Kass, CTBA Budget Director and Pension Specialist, Anders Lindall, AFSCME Council 31, and Diana Rickert, Managing Director of the Illinois Policy Institute talk with Carol Marin on WTTW "Channel 11's "Chicago Tonight" to analyze Mayor Rahm Emanuel's new pension reduction plan that includes a hefty property tax increase while also shrinking pension benefits.

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Ralph Martire, CTBA Executive Director, along with John Bouman, President of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, and Diana Rickert, Managing Director of the Illinois Policy Institute talk with Carol Marin on WTTW Channel 11's "Chicago Tonight" to discuss Gov. Pat Quinn's Budget Address.

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CTBA Executive Director Ralph Martire was interviewed Tuesday, March 25, 2014, by ABC Channel 7 reporter Charles Thomas regarding Governor Quinn's budget address to be delivered at noon on Wednesday, March 26. The intereview was televised on ABC7 during the 5:00 pm newscast on March 25, 2014.

February 8, 2014

CTBA's Budget Director and Pension Specialist, Amanda Kass, was the guest on Back on the Beat with Dick Kay which aired Saturday, February 8, 2013 at 2pm.

January 30, 2014

CTBA Executive Director Ralph Martire was interviewed by FOX News political reporter Mike Flannery today regarding IL House Speaker Michael Madigan's proposal to cut the corporate income tax rate in half. The interview aired Thursday, January 30, on FOX32 NEWS at 9:00 p.m. 

January 24, 2014

CTBA's Budget Director Amanda Kass was interviewed on WBEZ's Afternoon Shift program to discuss CTBA's new Issue Brief: How Does Illinois Spending on Public Services Compare to Other States? Listen