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Civic Federation

The Civic Federation of Chicago, one of the oldest taxpayers' watchdog groups in the United States, had its beginnings in an 1893 meeting of Chicago citizens who were concerned about vice and political corruption in the city. By 1920, the Civic Federation focused its efforts on monitoring the budgets and tax structures of Chicago's governing bodies and has continued to do so in a strictly non-partisan manner up to the present day. Over the years, the Civic Federation has issued numerous reports and bulletins on issues concerning the operation of the city and has earned recognition from area legislatures and media.

The collection includes:

  • History Files
  • Bulletins Issued Since 1898
  • Administration Files
  • Research Files

The Civic Federation's research files exemplify the Federation´s wide range of interests. These files, primarily from the 1950's onward, are contained in fifteen inch Hollinger boxes.

For a detailed finding aid to this collection, please contact Kathryn DeGraff.

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