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This article examines the fiscal challenges Illinois municipalities faced following the 2009 recession and the ways in which they responded. In order to shed light on the strategies and actions employed during this post-recession period, Census of Governments’ data were used to identify the impacts on municipal revenues and expenditures from 2007 to 2017, and over 90 mayors and managers of Illinois municipalities were also surveyed. The results suggest that state aid to municipalities did not keep pace with inflation between 2007 and 2015, and the most common strategies used to maintain balanced budgets were increasing water and sewage charges and delaying infrastructure projects.

Publication Date

1-1-2018

City

DeKalb

Keywords

Illinois, post-recession, municipal revenues, municipal expenditures

Language

eng

Department

Center for Governmental Studies

Municipal Fiscal Responses in the Post-recessional Era

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