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  • News | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    2015 01 05 how can democrats take back the states Twitter Description Source New York Times Jan 5 2015 Content Taxonomy News Read more about IGPA Director Chris Mooney suggests how Democrats might regain footing in state Capitols In op ed IGPA s Brian Gaines says Illinois needs better rules of succession for public officials Submitted by jimpaul on January 6 2015 8 28am URL http www news gazette com opinion guest commentary 2014 12 23 guest commentary illinois needs succession law html Twitter Description Source The Champaign News Gazette Dec 23 2014 Content Taxonomy News Read more about In op ed IGPA s Brian Gaines says Illinois needs better rules of succession for public officials IGPA Assembly s review of the Kerner Report in 1970 cited in Huffington Post article on race relations Submitted by jimpaul on December 18 2014 9 25am URL http www huffingtonpost com frank islam race relations forgetting b 6324084 html Twitter Description Source The Huffington Post Dec 17 2014 Content Taxonomy News Read more about IGPA Assembly s review of the Kerner Report in 1970 cited in Huffington Post article on race relations Health economist Robert Kaestner comments on British study of cost benefits of breastfeeding Submitted by jimpaul on December 12 2014 3 24pm URL http www reuters com article 2014 12 11 us health economics breastfeeding idUSKBN0JP2G320141211 Twitter Description Source Reuters Dec 12 2014 Content Taxonomy News Read more about Health economist Robert Kaestner comments on British study of cost benefits of breastfeeding IGPA s Rick Winkel comments on succession for Illinois Comptroller Submitted by jimpaul on December 11 2014 12 00am URL http www dailyjournal net view story 1eeec9db5a8444cba5ef276e1a95a245 IL Illinois Comptroller Succession Twitter Description Source The Associated Press Dec 11 2014 Content Taxonomy News Read more about IGPA s Rick

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/category/content/news?page=6 (2016-02-17)
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  • News | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    you know This op ed by IGPA s Richard Dye left and Richard Winkel right appeared in several newspapers throughout the state as part of IGPA s Election 2014 Op Ed Series Content Taxonomy News Read more about Richard Dye and Rick Winkel Illinois fiscal situation is worse than you know Don Fullerton and Julian Reif Gas tax may hurt more than it helps Why don t we have enough money to maintain our roads and bridges In short policy choices Energy policies that require new cars to have greater fuel efficiency end up decreasing gasoline tax revenue since drivers pay less at the pump in taxes Content Taxonomy News Read more about Don Fullerton and Julian Reif Gas tax may hurt more than it helps Director Chris Mooney talks about the Nov 4 election with Chicago Tribune reporters Submitted by jimpaul on November 3 2014 7 53am URL http wgnradio com 2014 11 02 rick pearson full show 1122014 Twitter Description Source WGN Radio Nov 2 2014 Content Taxonomy News Read more about Director Chris Mooney talks about the Nov 4 election with Chicago Tribune reporters Director Mooney discusses legislative races in Illinois Submitted by jimpaul on October 24 2014 10 37am URL http northernpublicradio org post illinois statehouse races much stake Twitter Description Source WNIU WNIJ Radio Oct 24 2014 Content Taxonomy News Read more about Director Mooney discusses legislative races in Illinois IGPA s Jeff Brown on new guidance that will encourage annuities in 401 k plans Submitted by jimpaul on October 24 2014 10 34am URL http onforb es 1wkUVnO Twitter Description Source Forbes com Oct 24 2014 Content Taxonomy News Read more about IGPA s Jeff Brown on new guidance that will encourage annuities in 401 k plans IGPA health economist Bob Kaestner talks about

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/category/content/news?page=7 (2016-02-17)
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  • News | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    https soundcloud com morningshiftwbez hey guv do lawmakers give Source WBEZ FM Chicago Oct 14 2014 Content Taxonomy News Read more about Director Mooney talks with WBEZ Morning Shift about Chicago Downstate rivalries starts about 7 50 in Kent Redfield Curing political corruption in Illinois one candidate at a time Illinois has a huge problem with political corruption and it goes beyond a few bad apples or simple human weakness The reality is bad and the public perception is worse Illinoisans believe that their politics public officials and governments are corrupt at every level Content Taxonomy News Read more about Kent Redfield Curing political corruption in Illinois one candidate at a time Redfield Curing political corruption one candidate at a time Submitted by jimpaul on October 13 2014 2 52pm URL http wuis org post kent redfield curing political corruption one candidate time Twitter Description Source WUIS FM Springfield October 12 2014 Content Taxonomy News Read more about Redfield Curing political corruption one candidate at a time IGPA Director Chris Mooney interviewed about debate between candidates for IL governor Submitted by jimpaul on October 10 2014 8 27am URL http www pjstar com article 20141009 NEWS 141009098 Twitter Description Source Peoria Journal Star Oct 10 2014 Content Taxonomy News Read more about IGPA Director Chris Mooney interviewed about debate between candidates for IL governor Brian Gaines The case for redistricting reform Is there a pressing need to revise our redistricting process Is the current system really so bad Brain Gaines says Absolutely The public is not well served by maps that engineer outcomes Content Taxonomy News Read more about Brian Gaines The case for redistricting reform Kent Redfield designated Illinoisan of the Year by Illinois News Broadcasters Association IGPA political scientist Kent Redfield was awarded the Illinoisan of the Year

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/category/content/news?page=8 (2016-02-17)
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  • News | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Rudolph Giuliani would have substantial leads in convention delegates for their respective parties if the party caucuses and primary elections were held today The analysis which was conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs uses poll data and formulas designed to approximate the complicated rules by which delegates are assigned to candidates after primary voting Poll results for all states voting on or before Feb Content Taxonomy News Read more about New research indicates big delegate leads for Clinton and Giuliani Smoking ban has stirred strong passions but will soon fade expert says A looming ban that will snuff out smoking in public places across Illinois lit up a fiery debate that rivaled abortion gun control and society s other hottest button issues a University of Illinois research scientist says Content Taxonomy News Read more about Smoking ban has stirred strong passions but will soon fade expert says Flash Index continues downward trend in November The Illinois economy has slipped in recent months but remains in strong positive territory allaying fears of a possible recession according to the latest University of Illinois Flash Index The Flash Index which is the earliest barometer of

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/category/content/news?page=40 (2016-02-17)
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  • The Latest From IGPA | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    of I Flash Index fell slightly in August to 106 0 from its 106 2 level in July The index has fluctuated in this narrow range 106 0 to 106 2 for the past four months Announcing IGPA s Policy Initiatives for the 2014 2015 academic year Scholars at IGPA spend decades conducting in depth research on important policy questions The state s leaders seek comprehensive answers to the state s biggest challenges IGPA s new Policy Initiatives will seek to build a bridge between these worlds connecting the university s research to practice in the public sector through both study and public engagement IGPA s Chris Mooney and Brian Gaines discuss voter turnout factor in governor s race Edgar Fellows class of 2014 convenes in Urbana Nearly 40 up and coming leaders from across Illinois spent five days in Urbana Champaign in August at the third annual session of the Edgar Fellows Program See full list of participants here IGPA s Brian Gaines analyzes status of campaign for Illinois governor Flash Index shows economy is finally rebounding from harsh winter The U of I Flash Index rose slightly in July to 106 2 from its 106 0 level in June The index has remained in the 106 0 to 106 2 range for the past four months This indicates that the Illinois economy continues to grow because the rate has consistently stayed above 100 the dividing line between growth and decline IGPA s Jeff Brown describes impact of Illinois Supreme Court decision on pension debate Chris Mooney on Illinois involvement in Chicago pension crisis Slight decline in Flash Index reflects lingering effects of harsh winter on economy The Flash Index fell slightly in June to 106 0 from its 106 2 level in May The index has remained in

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/igpa-latest?page=13 (2016-02-17)
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  • The Latest From IGPA | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    2014 class Forty emerging leaders from throughout Illinois have been chosen as 2014 Edgar Fellows in the third year of an initiative to stimulate cooperation across regional political and ethnic lines as the state continues to face major challenges in the years and decades ahead Click here for a full list of participants PDF Director Chris Mooney discusses the politics of legislative pay Flash Index up in May reverses three months of decline The U of I Flash Index rose slightly in May to 106 2 from its 106 0 level in April reversing three months of decline The index reached its post recession peak in January and then declined slightly each month until May Throughout 2014 the index has stayed above 100 the dividing line between economic growth and contraction Illinois Economic Review from REAL shows continued job growth in state The latest Illinois Economic Review from the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory indicates that the 12 month employment forecast for the state is positive However the projected growth continues to be small Read the full review Researchers convene in DC to identify new research on strategies to prevent sudden infant death On May 20 in Washington DC IGPA will host a brainstorming meeting regarding unanswered questions in the prevention of infant mortality particularly risks related to adult infant bed sharing It s complicated Why it s so hard to fix Illinois budget problems An Illinois Issues article by Don Fulleron and Christopher Z Mooney discusses the political and economic forces that impinge on public budget making IGPA s Darren Lubotsky talks about population and politics The Affordable Care Act and the Labor Market Materials from a March 2014 IGPA co hosted conference on the ACA are now available at the Chicago Fed website Learn more about the conference and

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/igpa-latest?page=14 (2016-02-17)
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  • Christopher Z. Mooney: Evidence in policymaking no cure-all, but better than alternative | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    in the legislature and on the campaign trail much policy argument is supported by anecdote rather than by valid and reliable evidence A colorful example of a problem can be good political fodder for moving a proposal along the process but such an example often differs significantly from the average instance of a problem And as such policy made with this information will be biased in some way There are understandable if not justifiable reasons for the lack of a more rational and evidence based public policy People also overestimate the probability of events that are especially vivid For instance crime is vividly and frequently portrayed in the news This causes people to believe that there is more crime than is in fact the case Crime rates have been dropping for years but people believe otherwise This misperception not only affects lawmakers themselves it also affects the pressures they receive from their constituents Rationality in policymaking is also reduced by the fear of political reprisal Lawmakers typically consider how a given decision might determine whether they will win or lose at the polls This is a good thing in a representative democracy because it helps to hold officials accountable to voters But lawmakers over concern with the contents of the next opposition mailer can keep them from listening to the evidence on an issue For instance the morbid fear of being portrayed as soft on crime by an opponent has led to a dangerous and irrational ratcheting up of criminal laws and penalties And that has helped push our national incarceration rate to be the highest in the world by far Legislative logrolling can also limit the quality and quantity of evidence used in policymaking This practice of trading votes to get legislation passed is especially common for big infrastructure

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/2014-op-ed-series/Mooney (2016-02-17)
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  • The Latest From IGPA | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    are funded how they weather funding disruptions A new Preschool Policy Forum published by the Institute of Government and Public Affairs today documents the many funding sources for Chicago area childcare centers and preschools as well as the frequency and impact of funding disruptions between 2011 and 2012 Click here to read the full report PDF Illinois pays additional penalty in bond market for bad fiscal reputation New analysis by the Fiscal Futures Project found that Illinois pays millions each year in the bond market for its poor fiscal reputation Click here to read the full report PDF IGPA Director Chris Mooney on across the board budget cuts U of I Flash Index dips slightly in February Blame it on the weather and slow economic growth The U of I Flash Index fell in February to 106 8 from its 107 2 level in January The index has remained in a narrow range from 106 5 to 107 2 since July of last year demonstrating how slow the recovery from the recession has been in Illinois Illinois Economic Review from REAL shows slight decline in job numbers in Dec 2013 The Illinois Economic Review published by the Regional Economics Applications

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/igpa-latest?page=16 (2016-02-17)
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