Chicago, IL

TIA Data

2020 Financial State of Chicago (Released 7/13/2021)

2019 Chicago Combined Taxpayer Burden (Released 5/11/2021) 

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Chicago's Taxpayer Burden™ is -$43,700, and it received an "F" from TIA.
Chicago is a Sinkhole City without enough assets to cover its debt.
Decisions by elected officials have created a Taxpayer Burden™, which is each taxpayer's share of city bills after its available assets have been tapped.
TIA's Taxpayer Burden™ measurement incorporates all assets and liabilities, including retirement obligations.
Chicago only has $9.9 billion of assets available to pay bills totaling $48.6 billion.
Because Chicago doesn't have enough money to pay its bills, it has a $38.7 billion financial hole. To erase this shortfall, each Chicago taxpayer would have to send $43,700 to the city.
Chicago's reported net position is inflated by $1.3 billion, largely because the city defers recognizing losses incurred when retirement liabilities increase.
The city's financial report was released 181 days after its fiscal year end, which is considered untimely according to the 180 day standard.

Prior Years' TIA Data

2019 Financial State of Chicago

2018 Financial State of Chicago

2018 Chicago Combined Taxpayer Burden

2017 Financial State of Chicago

2017 Chicago Combined Taxpayer Burden

2016 Financial State of Chicago Public Schools

2016 Financial State of Chicago

2016 Chicago Combined Taxpayer Burden

2015 Financial State of Chicago Public Schools

2015 Financial State of Chicago

2014 Financial State of Chicago Public Schools

2014 Financial State of Chicago

Other Resources

Chicago Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports

Publishing Entity: City of Chicago Finance Department

Was departing Inspector General Joe Ferguson an effective city watchdog? He was more like a pit bull

OCTOBER 19, 2021 | CHICAGO TRIBUNE | by Editorial

Editorial, includes “City Hall loathes an eye in the sky. … How close is Lightfoot to naming a permanent replacement for the outgoing IG? Ferguson gave Chicago a window into that pressing matter during his WBEZ appearance Wednesday. ‘That’s an enormous question, and it’s shocking that I can’t give you an answer,’ Ferguson said, adding that City Hall has been aware since July that he wasn’t going to stay on as IG.”