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  • Economic challenges for the new governor | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory Economic challenges for the new governor Author s Geoffrey J D Hewings Governor Pat Quinn faces daunting problems as he settles into his new role in Illinois politics The real size of Illinois public sector deficit is uncertain Quinn s two immediate predecessors left huge future obligations Finding consensus regarding the priorities for addressing these issues has been difficult at best Three issues the governor

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/library/economic-challenges-new-governor (2016-02-17)
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  • University makes $13 billion impact on state | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Economics Applications Laboratory University makes 13 billion impact on state In this time of economic uncertainty a report from the Institute of Government and Public Affairs shows that the University of Illinois with a student body of nearly 70 000 and more than 23 000 faculty and staff on all three campuses pumps more than 13 billion into the state s economy every year The study compiled by three faculty

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/library/alumnimag-mar-apr--09 (2016-02-17)
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  • Conference - The Next Forty Years of Fair Housing: Developing an Agenda for Integration in the 21st Century | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Economics Applications Laboratory Conference The Next Forty Years of Fair Housing Developing an Agenda for Integration in the 21st Century Author s Maria Krysan The year 2008 marks 40 years since the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 The Act protects individual rights and fosters residential integration This forward looking conference focused on research policies and programs that move beyond anti discrimination enforcement to examine the other barriers

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/library/fair-housing-conference-2008 (2016-02-17)
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  • Policy Forum 21:2 - Does Environmental Protection Hurt Low-Income Families? | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    2009 Seminar Study Centers Office of Public Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory Policy Forum 21 2 Does Environmental Protection Hurt Low Income Families Author s Don Fullerton Daniel Karney Policies for environmental protection have an impact on the lives of all U S citizens by regulating pollution imposing costs and influencing economic decisions The latest edition of Policy Forum looks at how regulations on greenhouse gas emissions affect residents of

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/library/PF21-2 (2016-02-17)
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  • The Illinois Report 2008 - Foreword & Table of Contents | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    2010 Seminar 2009 Seminar Study Centers Office of Public Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory The Illinois Report 2008 Foreword Table of Contents Author s B Joseph White A great public university is built upon the curiosity and enthusiasm of its students and the knowledge and research of its faculty It also is built upon its ability to continue serving those who have helped to establish its mission State government in Illinois always has supported public higher education particularly the University of Illinois We place a high value on that support and constantly look for ways to return value to the state to serve those who have helped establish our legacy This report is one way we can do that The Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois was chartered by the General Assembly in 1947 and has worked throughout its history to train leaders and to assist government and the policymaking process The Institute with locations in each of our three campus cities is home to some of the finest researchers this state has to offer in areas of governance public finance health policy race and public policy and social policy In the ensuing pages is the product of their research What better way to assist those who must decide public policy than to provide nonpartisan review and analysis of the critical issues facing the state Illinois faces some momentous decisions in the years ahead and the information contained here can help ensure that those decisions are reached with knowledge of the best evidence and analysis at hand The University of Illinois is the state s most valuable asset a dynamic example of the transforming power of public higher education in the lives of individuals and society The Illinois Report 2008 illustrates one way in which

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/library/ILReport08Foreword (2016-02-17)
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  • The Illinois Report 2008 - Is a Con-Con in Illinois' Future? | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    to Springfield for every major decision In 1968 voters in Illinois called for a constitutional convention This process involves many important and expensive decisions as the convention in 1970 cost over 14 million dollars Voters also had to elect delegates to the convention to decide how the new constitution would be drafted and what provisions it would include These delegates included many rising stars in Illinois politics including current mayor Richard M Daley and House speaker Michael Madigan Recent History of the Convention Provision In 1988 20 years after the last decision to have a constitutional convention a group called the Committee of 50 provided an evaluation of the 1970 constitution as well as materials for voters to decide on another one Many interest groups including the League of Women Voters and the AFL CIO opposed a constitutional convention because they felt it was too dangerous or would include too many hot button issues and would change a constitution which had served the state well Voters rejected a new convention with a 3 1 margin Supporters of a convention often care about particular issues so politicians like Lt Governor Pat Quinn initiated and passed amendments to the constitution Lt Governor Quinn eradicated cumulative voting and reduced the size of the Illinois House of Representatives from 177 to 118 members Prospects for a Constitutional Convention Today The reasons for holding a constitutional convention can be varied ultimately if an individual or group believes that their key issues cannot or will not be addressed by the legislature then they must fight for a constitutional convention Referendum and recall and the appointment rather than election of judges are two issues which are unlikely to be changed by the legislature and as such would only be addressed at a constitutional convention Taxation and school

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/library/ILReport08ConCon (2016-02-17)
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  • The Illinois Report 2008 - Diversity in Illinois | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    number of blacks grew by 13 6 percent the number of Latinos grew by more than 100 percent and the number of Asians and others grew by nearly 100 percent In response to questions about sexual preferences 10 percent of men and 11 percent of women might be considered members of the LGBT community Between 1990 and 2005 the native born population in Illinois grew by a modest 5 2 percent from 10 5 million to 11 million In contrast the foreign born population in Illinois increased from just over 950 000 to an estimated 1 74 million This represents an 83 percent increase Illinois Residents Stances Towards Diversity Issues Residents of Illinois are divided by race on the issue of affirmative action 76 percent of African Americans support the view that if a company has a history of discriminating against blacks when making hiring decisions then they should be required to have an affirmative action program that gives blacks preference in hiring About half 48 percent of Hispanic respondents support this view But only 30 percent of whites do Women 40 percent are also more likely to support affirmative action to redress past discrimination than are men 30 percent Illinois residents are also at odds with each other over the issue of immigration 78 percent of Hispanic respondents said they believe undocumented residents should be allowed to stay But fewer than 4 in 10 African Americans held such a belief and about half of whites preferred this policy option Similarly 58 percent of immigrants believe that undocumented residents should be allowed to stay compared with 40 percent of native born residents A clear majority 58 percent of Illinois residents oppose a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage Legislative and Policy Prospects for Diversity in Illinois Currently the Illinois General Assembly

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/library/ILReport08Diversity (2016-02-17)
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  • The Illinois Report 2008 - Higher Education and Illinois' Future | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    programs Funding Trends for Higher Education in Illinois The general trend in higher education funding in Illinois has been to decrease funding in recent years Illinois has increased funding and attention to elementary and secondary education by over 46 8 percent while funding for higher education has dropped by 17 9 percent for public universities and 13 1 percent for community colleges Many institutions of higher learning are thus more reliant on student tuition and fees outside giving and local property taxes in the case of community colleges Illinois Programs for Higher Education The most recent biennial state higher education report card published by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education 2006 gave Illinois an F for affordability meaning most likely that the state s decrease in funding for higher education has made it less affordable over the past decade Tuition and fees in Illinois are significantly higher than in other states The state s main financial assistance program MAP Monetary Award Program has been unable to keep up with the rise in tuition and fees Many universities such as the University of Illinois have begun turning to institutional sources to cover what is no longer paid for by MAP leading to an upward trend in tuition prices to help fund increased need based aid programs Between 2006 and 2007 tuition at the University of Illinois Champaign campus increased by 14 5 percent Outcomes of Higher Education in the State Though Illinois fares well in participation rates it continues to have low Minority Participation Index scores even though it has an increasingly diverse population In fact its scores are on this index are below the national average Illinois universities and colleges continue to improve Illinois ranking on measures of human capital development The number of residents with a

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/library/ILReport08HigherEd (2016-02-17)
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