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Advancing the development of more effective domestic policies by working to increase the policy impact of all strategies in the Foundation’s U.S. Programs.  Read our strategy and the current status of our work

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"Forever Young: A Path to Successful Aging"

From The Huffington Post
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Analyzing the Status of Local Pension Funding

The report attributes the declining health of Chicago-area public pension funds in large part to inadequate employer contributions over a sustained period and recent investment losses. Read More

"City Hall's Pension Spiral Worsens "

From Crain's Chicago Business
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Evaluating the FY2014 Illinois State Budget

A report from the Civic Federation’s Institute for Illinois’ Fiscal Sustainability supports Governor Pat Quinn’s recommended $62.4 billion FY2014 Illinois state budget for balancing revenues and expenditures without borrowing and making progress toward ... Read More
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Weighing Options for Reducing Medicare Costs

With Medicare spending projected to increase to 24 percent of all federal spending by 2037, policymakers are again considering ways to curb the program’s spending growth. Read More
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Access to Medicaid Increases Healthcare Use

A MacArthur-supported study recently released in The New England Journal of Medicine found that access to Medicaid increased the use of healthcare. Read More