Reports

Illinois State Funding for Human Services in Context

Release: February 24, 2010

Reduced funding in FY2011 would continue long-term pattern of spending cuts, harm vulnerable populations and fall disproportionately on small to midsized businesses, hurting the state economy. 

Medicaid Plays a Critical Role in Illinois’ Economy

Release: December 8, 2009

Medicaid spending is often misunderstood and misrepresented because of the complexities of its financing structure.This Report is intended to: (1) clarify how Illinois’ Medicaid program is funded, (2) highlight the benefits to the state of Medicaid’s financing structure, (3) identify the percentage of state, own-source general fund spending dedicated to the program and (4) demonstrate the economic impact Medicaid spending (or cuts) has on the state and local economy.

Moving Forward

Release: March 11, 2009

How the state elects to resolve its record deficit will have a meaningful impact on the size and duration of the recession in the state's economy. Given this scenario, the state's best hope of growing its economy and countering the recession is to close its deficit by raising taxes progressively and maintaining or expanding spending on services.

Low Wage Employment in Illinois

Release: September 1, 2008

Low Wage Employment in Illinois provides a detailed examination of the state’s low-wage employment, identifying such factors as the occupations, earnings and demographics associated with the low-wage sector.

Issue Brief: Why Taxation in Illinois is Unfair

Release: January 23, 2008

This Issue Brief explains how Illinois' tax system is unfair, and how it can be improved.

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