Updates and Events

April 8, 2015

Senator Toi Hutchinson will provide an update on spring session followed by a budget presentation by Ralph Martire, Executive Director with the Center for Tax and Budget Accountabil

April 2, 2015

Senator Toi Hutchinson will host a town hall to provide an update on the spring legislative session and to discuss budget issues facing the state."As you know, Illinois faces many fiscal challenges, requiring us to evaluate all state spending," Hutchinson said in an email message announcing the meeting.

The meeting will give constituents an opportunity to learn more about the budget process and to "weigh in on the challenges we all face," she said.

Ralph Martire with the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability will give a budget presentation, and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions afterward.

For more information, please contact Senator Hutchinson's office: (708) 756-0882.

February 22, 2015

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore examined Governor Bruce Rauner’s 2016 budget plan with guests from three different political perspectives. Guests included:

January 21, 2015

As the 99th General Assembly convenes and Illinois inaugurates a new Governor, the state's budget crisis is at the top of the agenda. ULCC Public Affairs and the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA) invite you to attend a complimentary breakfast forum on Wednesday, January 21 examining these daunting challenges. Moderated by CTBA Executive Director Ralph Martire, our forum will feature two state lawmakers offering their views on Illinois' budgetary and fiscal dilemmas and possible solutions: State Senator Don Harmon (D-39th) and State Senator Matt Murphy (R-27th).


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

November 11, 2014

The Union League Club of Chicago’s (ULCC) Public Affairs Subcommittee on Education and Advance Illinois invite you to attend an forum on November 11 to examine the merits of the Illinois School Funding Reform Act (SB 16), which is intended to improve the method by which Illinois allocates funds to public schools. 

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.

September 27, 2014

Ralph Martire will participate as a panelist at The Democratic Women of the South Suburbs Public Forum on September 27, 2014.