NEW report on the Financial State of Chicago

Our new report on the Financial State of Chicago found that the city is more than $34.4 billion in debt and needs $38,100 from each taxpayer. Read more. 

Blues Brothers' quest for Chicago's CAFR

On July 1, our very own Blues Brothers went searching for Chicago's CAFR the day after its official due date. Watch now. 

A real 'balanced budget' in Illinois?

Sheila Weinberg's op-ed in the Chicago Tribune counters lawmakers' claims of a "balanced budget." Read now.

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