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  • Robert Rich Testimony to Illinois Reform Commission, Jan. 22, 2009 | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    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 Robert Rich Testimony to Illinois Reform Commission Jan 22 2009 IGPA Director Robert F Rich testified before the first meeting of the Illinois Reform Commission on Jan 22 2009 to discuss the priorities for reforming government in Illinois Attachment

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/library/robert-rich-testimony-illinois-reform-commission-jan-22-2009 (2016-02-17)
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    citizenship status The individual characteristics that have the most influence are educational attainment age at migration years since migration veteran of the U S Critical Issues Racial Blind Spots A Barrier to Integrated Communities in Chicago 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 have changed little Despite being illegal discrimination in housing persists albeit somewhat less frequently and often in more subtle ways than in the past e g Turner et al 2002 How Immigrants Fare Across the Earnings Distribution This paper applies the quantile regression methodology to the study of the determinants of the distribution of earnings among the native born and immigrants in the United States and Australia The analysis for immigrants is performed separately for those from English speaking and non English speaking origins Using Census data the quantile regressions permit the measurement of the partial effect of explanatory variables such as schooling and experience and the native born immigrant earnings differential at the different deciles of the earnings distribution 2008 Higher Education Summit In May 2008 a public opinion survey was conducted on the attitudes and opinions of Illinois residents regarding higher education Areas investigated included the overall value of a college degree in today s economy assessment of the State s colleges and universities issues pertaining to costs of attendance and financing the State s colleges and universities as well as future investment priorities for higher education in Illinois Policy Forum 20 5 Illinois Families Under Stress The Looming Long Term Care Crisis The demand for long term care is large and growing rapidly throughout the nation In Illinois alone there are almost 800 nursing

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/library?page=9 (2016-02-17)
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  • Inertia and neighboring effects in local tax policy: Illinois’ experience with a local option tax on telecommunications | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    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 Inertia and neighboring effects in local tax policy Illinois experience with a local option tax on telecommunications Author s David F Merriman Yonghong Wu Illinois radically reconfigured the legal basis and constraints for municipal telecommunications taxes in 2003 The state assigned initial tax rates to many municipalities based on a formula without the direct input of municipal officials and effectively dictated initial 2003 tax rates After 2003 local officials determined their own tax rate between zero and six percent We use data on municipalities initial assigned tax rate fiscal condition population and neighboring municipalities initial assigned tax rates to explain changes in telecommunications tax rates between 2003 and 2008 We find clear evidence of an important and statistically significant inertia effect municipalities initially assigned low rates continued to have low rates and an important and statistically significant neighbor effect municipalities whose neighbors were assigned relatively high initial rates increased their own rates faster as well as a number of other statistical regularities that are inconsistent with a simple decisive voter model

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/library/wp156-merriman-telecom-tax (2016-02-17)
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  • Housing appreciation (depreciation) and owners’ welfare: A diagrammatic analysis | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Economics Applications Laboratory Housing appreciation depreciation and owners welfare A diagrammatic analysis Author s David F Merriman Fu Chuan Lai This paper extends Frank s 2006 very simple model to analyze the welfare effects of appreciation and depreciation in a world with property taxes and moving costs It is shown that appreciation can make homeowners worse off but that depreciation can not make homeowners who intend to stay in their

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/library/WP155-MerrimanHousing (2016-02-17)
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  • Policy Forum 21:1 - Wall Street Weakly, or How and When Obama Won the Presidential Race | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Office of Public Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory Policy Forum 21 1 Wall Street Weakly or How and When Obama Won the Presidential Race Author s Brian J Gaines At least as far back as spring 2007 some observers regarded the 2008 presidential election as a foregone conclusion With President Bush s approval rating hovering around 35 percent and large majorities of the public unhappy about the situation in Iraq

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/library/policy-forum-21-1 (2016-02-17)
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  • The Impact of the University of Illinois on the Economy of Our State (2009) | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    the University of Illinois on the Economy of Our State 2009 Author s Robert W Resek Geoffrey J D Hewings Darren H Lubotsky The University of Illinois serves nearly 70 000 students at three campuses and two satellite medical campuses employs more than 30 000 faculty staff and graduate assistants and operates with an annual budget of more than 4 billion The State of Illinois investment in the University is substantial This report examines the benefits of the University to the state The authors of this report have examined separate aspects of the University s contributions to the state s economy the impact of the University s spending for wages salaries materials and services and the contribution of the University s alumni the benefits to the economy that result from the greater earning power that higher education brings and the benefits to the economy of increased worker productivity that a higher education provides We have found that the University of Illinois produces about 13 1 billion per year in direct and indirect economic impact on the Illinois economy each year including the creation of more than 150 000 jobs the University s alumni through their own wages and salaries contribute about 21 2 billion per year to the state s economy including more than 265 000 jobs the University contributes 13 1 billion in expected increased lifetime earnings for its students each year annual activity of the University creates 1 3 billion in future tax revenue to the state at a cost of 726 million resulting in a net annual gain of about 535 million each year each percentage point of population with college degrees adds 911 to average annual per capita income there is a long list of non monetary benefits received each year by University students and the

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/library/university-econ-impact2009 (2016-02-17)
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  • Conference Highlights: 2007 Beyond Health Insurance Conference | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Flash Index About Archive Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox Illinois Economic Review Opinion Monitor Trends in Racial 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 Conference Highlights 2007 Beyond Health Insurance Conference Author s Robert Kaestner Anthony T Lo Sasso The Institute of Government and Public Affairs and the College of Medicine of the University of Illinois sponsored a conference entitled Beyond Health Insurance Public Policy to Improve Health in November 2007 The purpose of the conference was to make available to the public new research by prominent scholars that identified policies that can significantly improve the health of the U S population The conference focused on four areas reducing racial and ethnic health disparities preventing disease and promoting good health developing and regulating pharmaceuticals and consumer information Read the conference summary Attachment Size 2007HealthPolicyConfSummary pdf 20 71 KB Library Conference Related Information Search the web Search igpa uillinois edu Search igpa uillinois edu library IGPA Site IGPA Library The Institute of Government

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  • An Essay on the Constitutional Convention Question - 2008 | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    On the November ballot this year voters will decide whether or not to engage in constitutional renovation What is the best standard for evaluating our constitution and its fitness for the next 20 years Does it have flaws such as glaring omissions or passages that resist clear interpretation Absolutely But that is too low a standard No constitution is perfect and anyway we can amend the current document without starting from scratch to fix one or two specific problems However the don t start from scratch argument steals a base a new convention need not write a wholly original document The elected delegates can if they choose make modest changes to the existing constitution indeed they can propose no changes Moreover whatever they put forth does not become law without winning the approval of the voting public So the initial question is not Must we junk our current constitution so much as Should the Illinois constitution be subjected to careful scrutiny and public debate Major constitutional revision divides both of the major parties and can unite disparate ideological types On both the left and the right one finds agitators unhappy that the constitution omits some topic say defining marriage or providing for recall of elected officials addresses a topic without sufficient clarity e g school funding or protection of the environment or tackles matters that don t belong in a fundamental law at all and should instead be handled by ordinary statutes pensions maybe Some would like a longer document more like that California model Others think the ideal is the very short iconic federal example My own priorities would include establishing non partisan redistricting and expanding the use of direct democracy But predicting what would emerge from a new convention is impossible and accordingly the case for having a new convention should probably not be tied directly to any one reform Does unpredictability make a convention a good or a bad idea It depends on how much you like surprises Alternatively it depends on how much confidence you have in incumbent politicians to fix the mess in Springfield without help Some argue that since the sitting legislature would design the mechanisms by which convention delegates would be chosen the convention would be rigged from the start biased against any reforms threatening the status quo Such cynicism is understandable but distressing A convention can t work because those in power would preclude serious reform is not an argument to which the public should unhappily yield If the public demands a constitutional convention with a loud enough voice it will be very hard for the legislature to cook the books and shrug off responsibility Arguably there is no better civics lesson than a serious discussion of what constitutions are for what is in our current constitution and what features of this document seem to be tied to the good bad and ugly of Illinois government in 2008 No one doubts that state government is very far from perfect In surveys taken

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