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6.11.2020

The New York Times: Local governments should not shore up their budgets by preying on the very people COVID-19 hit the hardest. Read More

 

4.28.2020

The Bond Buyer: Chicago’s rating outlook slips on coronavirus-induced recession. Read More

 

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4.26.2020

Herald & Review, Mike Belsky addresses podcast on how COVID-19 could impact municipal budgets. Listen Here 

 

4.24.2020

The Bond Buyer: McConnell's bankruptcy suggestion boomerangs. Read More

 

4.17.2020

Illinois bond downgrade draws fire from former Fitch exec; Crain's Chicago Business. Read More 

 

4.17.2020

Paula Worthington addresses COVID-19: 

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4.17.2020

Mike Belsky addresses how coronavirus is causing confusion with states' alcohol laws with ABC News. Read More

 

4.14.2020

Mike Belsky, WGN Radio Interview: The governor’s emergency powers in Illinois trump the president’s Listen Here

 

4.6.2020

Paula Worthington addresses COVID-19 Fiscal Pressures in Illinois: Read More

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3.24.2020

Crain’s Chicago Business, "This pre-existing condition makes Illinois finances especially vulnerable to COVID". Read More 

 

3.21.2020

The municipal bond market is experiencing a massive crunch as investors react to the coronavirus pandemic; featuring Michael Belsky. Read More  

 

3.20.2020

Crain's Chicago Business: "There is no doubt this (virus) is going to have a significant economic impact on Illinois." Read more 

 

3.10.2020

In the Detroit News, Chris Berry addresses Detroit's property tax methodology continuing to harm its poorest residents. Read More

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2.28.2020

The Bond Buyer Tribute to Jim Spiotto: Municipal market mourns loss of Jim Spiotto Read More 

 

2.20.2020

Micheal Belsky addresses Pritzker’s Budget Surprise. Read More 

 

2.14.2020

Detroit Free Press featuring Chris Berry: Class action lawsuit filed over delayed Detroit property tax assessment notices. Read More

 

 

2.13.2020

Detroit, Wayne County Sued for overtaxing home owners; featuring Chris Berry. Read More

 

1.14.2020

Micheal Belsky featured in The Bond Buyer on how Cyberattacks are an emerging factor in public finance credit ratings for state and local governments, governmental authorities and non-profit community groups. Read More 

 

1.10.2020

Chris Berry analyzes how Detroit overtaxed homeowners more than $600 million because it didn’t reevaluate property values after the Great Recession until 2017 Read More

 

11.05.2019

The state kicks off a $45 billion capital spending plan in the IL Road and Bridge Bond, it will have to compete with a crowd of issuers flooding the $3.8 trillion municipal debt market trying to capture cheap rates; featuring Michael Belsky in Bloomberg Read More 

 

10.25.2019

Awards: CMF Advisory Board Member, Courtney Shea named 2019 Freda Johnson Award winner, alongside Ritta McLaughlin. Read More 

 

10.23.2019

In the Associated Press, Michael Belsky analyses Chicago mayor offer of $838M for deficit fix. Read More

 

10.22.2019

WTTW: A Preview of Mayor Lightfoot’s Budget Address. View Interview with Michael Belsky 

 

10.18.2019

Bloomberg features Michael Belsky in addressing Chicago teachers strike; 25,000 members walked out, seeking higher pay, more nurses and housing for homeless students. Read More

 

10.15.2019

In WTTW interview Michael Belsky has a new idea for paying back Chicago’s pension debt: directly depositing profits from government-owned assets into the city’s pension funds.      View Interview  

 

10.08.2019

Could Chicago Stomach a City Income Tax? Michael Belsky addresses in the Chicago Magazine. Read More

 

08.29.2019

WTTW featuring Michael Belsky: Chicago’s $838M Budget Gap and the Path Ahead. View Interview 

 

08.27.2019

Pew addresses spike in the national unemployment rate may be signaling state recessions; featuring Michael Belsky. Read More 

 

07.09.2019

In Crain's Chicago Business, Paula Worthington approaches the City of Chicago's inadequate infrastructure with several key principles. Read More 

 

05.29.2019

Paula Worthington addresses Pritzker's $41.5 billion Capital Plan. Read More 

 

05.20.2019

In Crain's Chicago Business, Mike Belsky approaches a four-pronged financial for the new mayor. Read More 

 

04.23.2019

Chicago Tribune: Code violation lawsuits mount as tenants bolt from troubled housing nonprofit that owns 81 Chicago buildings. Read More 

 

04.05.2019

Executive Director Mike Belsky discusses in Crain's Chicago Business, before attacking Pritzker's tax plan, get the details. Read More 

 

03.31.2019

Wall Street Journal: Chicago Prepares to Elect Its First Black Female Mayor. Read More

 

03.28.2019

Mike Belsky in the Chicago Reader: More money no problems. Read More 

 

03.25.2019

Nasdaq: IPDN Announces New Board Appointments. Read More 

 

03.24.2019

Wall Street Journal: Illinois Considers Ditching Its Flat Income Tax. Read More 

 

 

03.08.2019

Executive Mike Belsky gives thoughts on ABC 7 Chicago: Governor JB Pritzker releases graduated income tax plan. See Interview 

 

02.25.2019

Bloomberg: Chicago's Next Mayor Can't Dodge Tax Pain Needed for Pension Fix. Read More 

 

02.12.2019

Bloomberg: Executive Director Mike Belsky, Illinois for Sale: State Explores Ways to Pay Down Pension Debts. Read More 

 

01.30.2019

Medill News Reports: Two Mayoral Candidates Propose City Public Bank. Read More 

 

12.27.2018

Daily Herald:  Are Bylaw changes weakening the tollway board, and still keeping them ethical? Read More 

 

11.30.2018

The Center for Municipal Finance highlights innovations in investment, including the green bond. Read More

 

11.07.2018

In American City & County, Mike Belsky argues the concept of a mini-bond allows people to invest directly into a project they can see at home.

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10.25.2018

The Bond Buyer: Making an impact: Municipal Coalition aims to broaden muni appeal. Read More

 

10.15.2018

Belsky joins WTTW to discuss Chicago Pension Fix: Using Revenue from Public Assets. See Interview 

 

10.11.2018

The Bond Buyer, Mike Belsky argues the case for asset transfers in Chicago and beyond. Read More 

 

09.21.2018

Executive Director Mike Belsky proposes that Chicago consider the private sector practice of depositing income-producing assets in a pension fund, rather than issuing bonds to increase funding levels. Read More

08.28.2018

In UChicago News Professor Christopher Berry describes how the Assessor’s Office tried to foil his policy reform. Read More 

07.30.2018

Executive Director Mike Belsky in Bloomberg: Bond Sales by Cities Borrowing to Pay for Lost Court Fights Jump. Read More 

07.08.2018

Chicago Tribune: Berrios tweaks formula; home assessments rise on North Side, fall on South Side. Read More 

05.05.2018

Village Free Press report the state had been garnishing $1.4 million in tax revenues owed to the city of Harvey, apparently forcing officials there to cut 40 police and fire department personnel last month. Read More 

04.16.2018

WTTW New Report Digs Into Drastically Underfunded Police, Fire Pensions. Read More 

03.16.2018

Chicago Tribune: Academic Director Chris Berry report flawed assessments under Assessor Berrios caused $2 billion shift in Chicago property taxes. Read More

02.01.2018

The Chicago Tribune and ProPublica report on a Cook County property tax system study that is still under wraps. Academic Director Chris Berry discusses why that study is unnecessary. Read More

12.14.2017

The Chicago Tribune reports on civil rights lawsuit filed against Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios. The Center’s research on property assessments and tax inequities is cited in the lawsuit. Read More

07.19.2017

Crain's Chicago Business interviews Executive Director Mike Belsky about William Blair's exit from the muni bond business. Read More

06.09.2017

Chicago Magazine mentions the Center for Municipal Finance’s study on property tax appeals in Cook County in its coverage of the Tribune’s series on Cook County property taxes. Read More

06.07.2017

A newly released study by the Center for Municipal Finance on property tax appeals in Cook County is featured in a new report by the Chicago Tribune. Read more

05.30.2017

Amanda Kass explains why Illinois’ non-budget is actually the worst budget ever in Chicago Magazine. Read More

05.26.2017

Chicago Magazine quotes Amanda Kass in its coverage of Illinois budget negotiations. Read More

02.15.2017

Executive Director Mike Belsky writes about how Illinois can stop its fiscal shame in Crain’s Chicago Business. Read More

12.06.2016

The Bond Buyer reports that the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy named former Chicago chief financial officer Lois Scott as the inaugural chair of the advisory board that oversees its expanding Center for Municipal Finance. Read more

11.21.2016

Crain's Chicago Business highlighted that former Chicago CFO Lois Scott has been named the inaugural chair of the Center for Municipal Finance's advisory board Read more

09.20.2016

Amanda Kass, Assistant Director of the Center for Municipal Finance, examines the causes of Illinois' pension crisis via Tax Analysts Read more

08.09.2016

Michael Belsky to start as inaugural executive director of the Center for Municipal Finance August 1 via Chicago Tribune Read more

08.05.2016

What's Up with Former Highland Park Mayor? via Daily North Shore Read more

08.02.2016

Former Highland Park Mayor Supports PACE Legislation in Illinois  Read more

07.26.2016

Former Highland Park Mayor Belsky to Head Center for Municipal Finance at University of Chicago via Highland Park Patch Read more

07.14.2016

Michael Belsky calls the Lincoln-Way HS District's financial practices "troubled" via Chicago Tribune Read more

06.14.2016

Michael Belsky on the risks a local school district assumed by borrowing on the assumption of sustained growth via Chicago Tribune Read more

05.06.2016

Associate Prof. Chris Berry on whether Detroit's bankruptcy plan could serve as a model for other Rust Belt cities via Bloomberg BNA Read more

03.07.2016

Associate Prof. Chris Berry on the proliferation of special districts in the U.S. via Last Week Tonight with John Oliver See the clip

05.19.2016

Michael Belsky on why Chicago must increase taxes via Chicago Sun-Times Read more