Local Government Budgets

A Fiscal Review of the Chicago Housing Authority

Release: July 30, 2014

The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) participates in the federal program “Moving to Work,” which frees it from much of the oversight that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development usually exercises over public housing agencies. Through the MTW program, the CHA can pool federal funding for public housing, capital construction, and housing vouchers into one General Fund and spend money from that fund at its discretion. Normally, such federal funding has to be kept in segregated accounts by program. Because of the financial flexibility the MTW gives the CHA, the agency has been able to divert money intended for the issuance of housing vouchers to other uses.

CTBA’s report, A Fiscal Review of the Chicago Housing Authority, found that over the last five years in particular, the CHA’s reserve funds have grown significantly. During that same five-year period, the CHA had an average annual surplus of $107 million.

Analysis of Proposed FY2014 Chicago Public Schools Budget

Release: August 27, 2013

Despite an increase in spending, Chicago Public Schools is proposing to eliminate 1,520 instruction positions and draw down reserves to dangerous levels in its FY2014 proposed budget. This is, partly, because CPS has underfunded the Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund and there has been a decline in state funding to CPS. CTBA's Analysis of the FY2014 Chicago Public Schools Budget Proposal illustrates the challenges CPS faces today.

Cook County's Revenue System is Structurally Unable to Support the Public Services it Provides

Release: September 24, 2007

This Report analyzes the basic public services Cook County provides and the revenue sources that fund them. The Report also examines the Cook County fiscal system to determine whether it has the ability to fund and sustain the level of public services it currently provides.

The State of Illinois Shortchanges Cook County on Federal Medicaid Funds

Release: February 2, 2007

An explanation of how the state shortchanges Cook County of federal Medicaid payments.

Changing Chicago's Housing Crisis into New Opportunities

Release: October 12, 2006

This Report examines the crisis conditions of affordable housing in Chicago and offers a way forward.

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