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KBRA Affirms AAA Rating for Cook County, IL Sales Tax Revenue Bonds; Outlook is Stable

25 Jul 2023   |   New York


KBRA affirms the long-term rating of AAA with a Stable Outlook for the Cook County, IL Sales Tax Revenue Bonds.

Key Credit Considerations

The rating was affirmed because of the following key credit considerations:

Credit Positives

  • Pledged Revenues, consisting of home rule sales taxes, provide robust debt service coverage.
  • Strong bondholder protections, highlighted by a conservative non-impairment covenant (1.35x) and ABT (2.5x).
  • Deep and diverse economic base underpinning the revenue pledge, with no concentration.

Credit Challenges

  • Sales tax revenues, which encompass home rule sales taxes, are economically sensitive.
  • The possibility, albeit remote, that the State makes statutory changes to reduce the home rule sales tax rate.

Rating Sensitivities

For Upgrade

  • Not applicable at AAA rating level.

For Downgrade

  • While not expected, a prolonged and deep economic downturn that results in a severe long-term reduction in Pledged Revenues and/or a substantial increase in sales tax revenue debt.
  • Action by the State or County to reduce home rule sales tax rate or limit revenue collections.

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A description of all substantially material sources that were used to prepare the credit rating and information on the methodology(ies) (inclusive of any material models and sensitivity analyses of the relevant key rating assumptions, as applicable) used in determining the credit rating is available in the Information Disclosure Form(s) located here.

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