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Taxpayers' Federation of Illinois


A 501(c)(4) organization formed in 1940, the Taxpayers’ Federation of Illinois (TFI) is the state's most respected non-partisan state and local tax and fiscal policy advocacy organization. We conduct policy research, educate public officials and others on current issues, advocate for a responsible tax structure that encourages economic growth, and support efficient delivery of government services.  TFI has been integrally involved in all major Illinois tax and fiscal policy discussions for over 80 years.


  • Illinois Illustrated, a visual guide to taxes and the economy

  • Illinois Tax Facts, a monthly deep dive into a particular tax or fiscal policy topic

  • TFI report from the Capitol is published weekly during the legislative session


In addition to the weekly Report from the Capitol and other publications, TFI members keep current on legislative and regulatory developments and help shape Illinois tax policy, primarily through involvement in our advisory committees (income/franchise tax, sales/excise tax, property tax, local taxes, and government structure and spending), ad hoc working groups (unclaimed property and federal tax reform are two recent examples), and industry interest groups (transportation, financial, insurance, etc.).  TFI members also receive significant discounts on registration fees at our 3 major events each year—a legislative conference in Springfield, the annual meeting in Chicago, and an all-day state and local tax conference in the suburbs.


“I have long supported meaningful property tax reform for Illinois Taxpayers, and believe the Federation’s efforts are critical to achieving that goal.”
  - Former Governor Jim Edgar

“While we’re on the subject [of political accountability], we’d like to say a word for the Taxpayers’ Federation. The federation is a unique, nonpartisan and highly credible voice in Illinois that will need the business community’s strong continuing support...The federation’s strength is the high quality of its research, and its reputation for fairness.”
  - Editorial in Crain’s Chicago

Mailing Address

430 East Vine, Suite A 
Springfield, Illinois 62703


(217) 522-6818


Carol Portman

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