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  • Public Pensions in Illinois: An Introduction to a Crucial Issue | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    NEW Leadership Illinois IGPA State Summit Family Impact Seminars 2015 Seminar 2014 Seminar 2013 Seminar 2012 Seminar 2011 Seminar 2010 Seminar 2009 Seminar Study Centers Office of Public Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory Pensions represent a significant component in the total compensation packages of employees in the public and private sectors The financial viability and health of pension systems is being called into question as the baby boom generation ages life expectancy increases and the state and nation face public sector budget crises Nationwide underfunding of state pension funds totals more than 3 trillion Illinois has the worst underfunded pension liability in the entire nation In Public Pensions in Illinois An Introduction to a Crucial Issue PDF the Institute of Government and Public Affairs IGPA provides a non partisan evidence based analysis of some of the key pension reform issues in Illinois including A primer on pensions and options for reform why are pensions important how do they work and what are the state s options for dealing with accumulated liabilities A discussion of the legal issues surrounding pension reform with special attention paid to the state constitution s Pension Clause A look at other states pension systems and the

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  • Pension Policy in Illinois: More Information | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Office of Public Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory Click Here for a One Page Info Sheet Click Here to read IGPA s report on pensions Click Here to read a brief on pension policy across states Click Here for information on legislation bills that have been proposed to the General Assembly so far Click Here for information about your pension as a University of Illinois employee Click here for the

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  • Critical Issues | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    shows three month moving average of jobs is up by 4 100 jobs per month The latest Illinois Economic Review prepared by IGPA s Regional Economics Applications Laboratory REAL shows Illinois gained 6 500 jobs in February 2012 compared with 3 900 job gains in January 2012 Illinois has added 32 000 jobs since February 2011 The Illinois official unemployment rate fell for the sixth consecutive month dropping 0 3 to 9 1 percent Content Taxonomy Analysis Library Critical Issues IGPA Categories Illinois Economic Review Read more about Illinois Economic Review shows three month moving average of jobs is up by 4 100 jobs per month Illinois Economic Review shows more job gains in state The latest Illinois Economic Review prepared by IGPA s Regional Economics Applications Laboratory shows Illinois gained just over 29 000 jobs between Jan 2011 and Jan 2012 However the state still has 306 000 fewer jobs now than it did in Dec 2007 Read the full review Content Taxonomy Analysis Library Critical Issues IGPA Categories Illinois Economic Review Read more about Illinois Economic Review shows more job gains in state Illinois Economic Review State employment picture still cloudy Job growth in Illinois remains sluggish and forecasts from IGPA s Regional Economic Applications Laboratory do not indicate major improvement anytime soon according to the latest Illinois Economic Review Read the Review Content Taxonomy Analysis Library Critical Issues IGPA Categories Illinois Economic Review Read more about Illinois Economic Review State employment picture still cloudy Critical Issues Racial Blind Spots A Barrier to Integrated Communities in Chicago Author s Maria Krysan Regardless of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 which banned discrimination on the basis of race ethnicity in the sale and rental of housing now 40 years later patterns of housing segregation in the Chicago metropolitan area

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  • Kristin Abner | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Events Douglas Ethics Award Edgar Fellows Program NEW Leadership Illinois IGPA State Summit Family Impact Seminars 2015 Seminar 2014 Seminar 2013 Seminar 2012 Seminar 2011 Seminar 2010 Seminar 2009 Seminar Study Centers Office of Public Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory Kristin Abner Kristin Abner is a graduate student in the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Sociology and a research assistant at the University of Illinois Institute of Government

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  • Sanders Korenman | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Attitudes Library Policy Forum Search Programs Events Douglas Ethics Award Edgar Fellows Program NEW Leadership Illinois IGPA State Summit Family Impact Seminars 2015 Seminar 2014 Seminar 2013 Seminar 2012 Seminar 2011 Seminar 2010 Seminar 2009 Seminar Study Centers Office of Public Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory Sanders Korenman Sanders Korenman is a Professor in the School of Public Affairs Baruch College City University of New York Search the web Search

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  • Policy Forum | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    by the adage tax waste not work Taxes on labor income discourage workers from engaging in productive activities and thus hurt society Taxing waste by contrast discourages harmful pollution and thus benefits society In addition the revenue raised from these green taxes can help mitigate the state s fiscal crisis Library Policy Forum IGPA Categories Policy Forum Read more about Policy Forum Green Taxes Potential Revenue for Illinois Policy Forum The Demography of the Immigrant Population in Illinois Author s Darren H Lubotsky Perhaps the most profound demographic trend over the last three decades has been the rapid growth in the immigrant population the rise in the number of foreigners living in the U S is transforming communities politics and the economy While overshadowed to some extent by debates over healthcare the financial meltdown and the Great Recession immigration policy continues to be a highly contentious issue that cuts across traditional party lines and ideologies Library Policy Forum IGPA Categories Policy Forum Read more about Policy Forum The Demography of the Immigrant Population in Illinois Policy Forum Understanding the Effects of Medicare Prescription Drug Insurance Author s Robert Kaestner The Medicare Modernization Act became law in 2003 creating a prescription drug benefit for the elderly called Medicare Part D At the time of its passage approximately one third of seniors did not have prescription drug coverage leaving them prone to financial and medical hardships About half of those without prescription drug insurance incurred out of pocket spending of 1 200 or more per year Uninsured patients were also more likely to forego buying essential medications Library Policy Forum IGPA Categories Policy Forum Read more about Policy Forum Understanding the Effects of Medicare Prescription Drug Insurance Policy Forum Questions for Policy Makers Citizens about Proposals for Greening the Economy In an effort to solve two problems at once governments at all levels have been looking to green investment proposals intended simultaneously to produce economic growth and reduce environmental problems Library Policy Forum IGPA Categories Policy Forum Read more about Policy Forum Questions for Policy Makers Citizens about Proposals for Greening the Economy Policy Forum 22 1 Utilizing a Couples Approach to Promote Employment Stability Author s Kristin S Abner Rachel A Gordon Carolyn J Heinrich Family life and employment success are closely interrelated The ability to maintain employment can be dependent upon family support and families with two employed adults have increased economic stability and less dependence on government assistance programs It is surprising then that traditional government policies and programs have overlooked these associations Library Policy Forum IGPA Categories Policy Forum Read more about Policy Forum 22 1 Utilizing a Couples Approach to Promote Employment Stability Policy Forum 21 4 Minimum Wages and Employment in Illinois Author s Elizabeth T Powers Whether minimum wage policies are more or less effective than other policies to support families incomes has been the subject of debate for several decades Advantages of the minimum wage are its philosophical appeal and its relative simplicity of

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  • Policy Forum | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    examine Chicago s Minority and Women s Business Enterprise Program and discrimination in business credit markets Content Taxonomy Research Library Policy Forum IGPA Categories Policy Forum Read more about Don t Bank on It Discrimination in Business Credit Markets Policy Forum Green Taxes Potential Revenue for Illinois Author s Don Fullerton Daniel Karney In general green taxes are taxes either directly on pollution emissions or on goods whose use causes pollution In the revenue raising context the basic argument for green taxes can be summarized by the adage tax waste not work Taxes on labor income discourage workers from engaging in productive activities and thus hurt society Taxing waste by contrast discourages harmful pollution and thus benefits society In addition the revenue raised from these green taxes can help mitigate the state s fiscal crisis Library Policy Forum IGPA Categories Policy Forum Read more about Policy Forum Green Taxes Potential Revenue for Illinois Policy Forum The Demography of the Immigrant Population in Illinois Author s Darren H Lubotsky Perhaps the most profound demographic trend over the last three decades has been the rapid growth in the immigrant population the rise in the number of foreigners living in the U S is transforming communities politics and the economy While overshadowed to some extent by debates over healthcare the financial meltdown and the Great Recession immigration policy continues to be a highly contentious issue that cuts across traditional party lines and ideologies Library Policy Forum IGPA Categories Policy Forum Read more about Policy Forum The Demography of the Immigrant Population in Illinois Policy Forum Picking the President by Popular Plurality Prospects and Partisan Politics Post mortems on the 2010 midterm election have quickly segued into forecasts about the 2012 presidential election Topics under discussion include how durable and cohesive the new Republican House majority will prove to be who should be regarded as front runners for the Republican nomination for president how redistricting will play out in major states and others IGPA Categories Policy Forum Content Taxonomy Research Read more about Policy Forum Picking the President by Popular Plurality Prospects and Partisan Politics Policy Forum Understanding the Effects of Medicare Prescription Drug Insurance The first edition of IGPA s Policy Forum for 2010 2011 explores whether prescription drug use which has increased due to Medicare Part D is associated with decreased use of other health care services and or the ultimate goal improved health Read Policy Forum Vol 23 No 1 IGPA Categories Policy Forum Content Taxonomy Research Read more about Policy Forum Understanding the Effects of Medicare Prescription Drug Insurance Policy Forum Understanding the Effects of Medicare Prescription Drug Insurance Author s Robert Kaestner The Medicare Modernization Act became law in 2003 creating a prescription drug benefit for the elderly called Medicare Part D At the time of its passage approximately one third of seniors did not have prescription drug coverage leaving them prone to financial and medical hardships About half of those without prescription drug insurance incurred out of pocket

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  • IGPA State Summit 2011 Will Create a Bold New Dialogue on Public Pension Policy | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    array of options for policy change The Illinois pension system has been at the forefront of public debate this year Nationwide underfunding of state pension funds totals more than 3 trillion Illinois has the worst underfunded pension liability in the nation In May 2010 Illinois unfunded pension liabilities were officially estimated at more than 79 billion After pension reform stalled in Springfield this spring the state s legislators employers newspapers and citizens called for a focused inclusive conversation about the issue The State Summit 2011 will engage a group of top decision makers in discussion about new options for pension modification in Illinois The summit will feature keynote presentations by two nationally renowned experts on pension policy The evening of October 3 will feature Alicia Munnell the Peter F Drucker Professor of Management Sciences at Boston College s Carroll School of Management and Director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College On the morning of October 4 Nick Berardino General Manager of the Orange County Employees Association will share insight from the successful compromise for pension reform he led in California We are fortunate to have an opportunity to learn from two exceptional leaders on pension policy said IGPA Director Dr Robert F Rich Munnell and Berardino will provide invaluable insight that will help participants think creatively about best practices used in other states to tackle the unique situation we face in Illinois Several panels will feature top leaders in the public pension debate in Illinois A panel of legislators will include members of the House and Senate Pension and Investments Committees Sen Kwame Raoul D Sen Bill Brady R Rep Elaine Nekritz D and Deputy Republican Leader Rep Tim Schmitz R A panel of reactors will include Jeffrey Brown Director of the University of Illinois College of

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/state-summit-2011 (2016-02-17)
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