Illinois' fiscal and tax policy decisions affect regional investments in infrastructure and communities. Tax policy influences the overall economy and can spur business and residential development throughout northeastern Illinois. It also can limit local governments' ability to improve quality of life, keep communities in a cycle of disinvestment, and create an overreliance on property taxes.
The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's (CMAP) state legislative agenda outlines strategies that can enhance local revenues and build capacity. In particular, the agenda recommends broadening the sales tax base and committing more resources to support shared services and consolidations. To promote inclusive growth, tax policy reform must reflect the state's economies and demographics rather than arbitrary formulas. Learn more.