New 2014 Data (Released 5/12/15)

Financial State of Illinois

Press Release

Financial State of Chicago

Press Release

Financial State of Chicago Public Schools

Financial State of Cook County

Financial State of Glencoe

2013 TIA Data

Financial State of Illinois

Illinois owes more than it owns.  Truth in Accounting’s (TIA) thorough analysis of state finances (below) shows Illinois does not have enough available assets to cover its debt.   

  • Taxpayer Burden is each taxpayer's share of state debt, after available assets are tapped
  • TIA analyzes both state assets and liabilities, not merely pension debt
  • Most state debt in the “Taxpayer Burden” is unpaid retirement promises

  • Illinois had the 2nd worst Taxpayer Burden of all 50 states in 2013
  • Retirement debt is essentially a state’s ‘credit card balance,’ showing unpaid retirement contributions from prior years 

  • Unfunded pensions leave future taxpayers with the bill for services they did not receive

  • States hide retirement debt from public view.  See Hidden Retirement Debt: IL vs US average 2009-2013

Other Resources

Illinois Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (Publishing Entity: Illinois Comptroller)

Related Links:     2013 Cook County Financial Report  

                                Glencoe State of the Village 2011

  • Illinois has only $30 billion assets available to pay the state's bills totaling $214 billion
  • To fill this $184 billion financial hole, each Illinois taxpayer would have to send $45,000 to the state
  • This $45,000 Taxpayer Burden is 94% of Illinois average personal income of $48,120
  • Illinois was among 41 "Sinkhole States," without enough assets to cover their debt in 2013
  • Illinois missed the 180 day goal to release its 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The state took 243 days after its fiscal year end to publish the report.
  • Illinois "Outbound Moves," 63% of total, which typically means more people are moving out of the state
Suddenly, Illinois comptroller’s office is the hottest office in the state


The comptroller’s office this week said the state didn’t have enough cash on hand to make the payments. A lawyer for one of the plaintiffs said at a hearing on Wednesday that he believes Munger’s office and Gov. Bruce Rauner deliberately manipulated payments for political advantage in the state budget impasse.