New report from Paul Simon Public Policy Institute: The Politics of Public Budgeting in Illinois

The Politics of Public Budgeting in Illinois

By John L. Foster and John S. Jackson


This paper is about taxing, revenue and public budgeting in Illinois. The concept of public
budgeting includes both the revenues raised by government and the ways in which those
revenues are spent on the functions and programs sponsored by governments. This paper
focuses especially on spending, that is on how and where revenue is distributed in the state in
the form of public services and programs. It provides relevant data on the statewide
distribution patterns and especially the question of whether those expenditures of the taxpayers’
money disproportionately benefit one region over the other. This question has
provoked a long running debate in Illinois and it is one of the key questions influencing
budgeting and most notably the raising of revenue in the state. The backdrop for this analysis is
the stalemate over the state’s budget that went on for more than two years in 2015-2017 and
that did lasting damage to the state and the continuing questions over what Illinois should do
next regarding taxes and spending which will be crucial issues in the 2018 elections.

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