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  • Sen. Richard Lugar to be presented Douglas Ethics in Government Award on April 7 | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    will receive the 2007 Paul H Douglas Ethics in Government Award from University of Illinois President B Joseph White on Monday April 7 2008 in Washington D C Senator Lugar was selected in November as the recipient of the 2007 award which is presented annually to a public servant who has made a lasting contribution to ethical behavior in government He will receive the honor during a ceremony scheduled to begin at 6 p m EDT in the Mansfield Room of the United States Capitol The Paul H Douglas Ethics in Government Award highlights the contributions that great men and women of American government have made over the course of a career said Robert F Rich director of the U of I s Institute of Government and Public Affairs It is particularly appropriate that we will present the award in the Mansfield Room of the Capitol because Mike Mansfield was the first recipient of the Douglas Award In many ways we are going back to our roots with this important award IGPA established the Douglas Award in 1992 to honor the memory of Paul H Douglas the lawmaker from Illinois who became known as the conscience of the Senate during his three terms in Washington A national selection committee chooses the recipient each year Senator Douglas exemplified the tremendous responsibility that each of us as public servants has to act with integrity and honesty and I am grateful for this generous recognition Lugar said Senator Lugar was the first member of Congress to use his campaign Web site to voluntarily disclose all campaign contributions by name and amount He was chosen for his lifelong devotion to public service first as a school board member and then as mayor of Indianapolis and as U S Senator since 1977 Now in his

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/sen-richard-lugar-be-presented-douglas-ethics-government-award-april-7 (2016-02-17)
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  • Flash Index of Illinois economy rises for second straight month | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Economics Applications Laboratory Flash Index of Illinois economy rises for second straight month URBANA Illinois economy continues to grow despite fears of a national recession according to the latest University of Illinois Flash Index The index which is the first barometer of the condition of the state s economy each month rose in February for a second consecutive month The index rose to 104 1 from its 103 8 reading in January said economist J Fred Giertz of the university s Institute of Government and Public Affairs www igpa uillinois edu It appears the recession hasn t arrived in Illinois Giertz said We re still moving along at a modest pace but that doesn t mean a recession in the state might not be around the corner The Flash Index dropped steadily during the last six months of 2007 falling to 103 6 in December The index is constructed with the reading of 100 as the dividing line between economic expansion and contraction The February index is still well above the dividing line between growth and decline Giertz said Corporate tax receipts were up markedly in real terms from the same month last year because of a departure from historical collection patterns Giertz said Individual income tax receipts were up in real terms while sales tax receipts were down slightly It would be expected that February in a leap year would result in slightly higher receipts Giertz said This was taken into account in the Flash Index calculations The U of I Flash Index is a weighted average of Illinois growth rates in corporate earnings consumer spending and personal income Tax receipts from corporate income personal income and retail sales are adjusted for inflation before growth rates are calculated The growth rate for each component is then calculated for the

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/flash-index-illinois-economy-rises-second-straight-month (2016-02-17)
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  • The Illinois Report 2008 explores issues raised by Gov. Blagojevich’s budget message | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    budget message on Wednesday Gov Rod Blagojevich proposed selling part of the state lottery raising money for an economic stimulus package through securitization and borrowing to invest in the state s pension fund These issues and more are explored in the first chapter of The Illinois Report 2008 published by the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois IGPA economist David F Merriman s chapter Illinois Fiscal Future offers a nonpartisan evidence based analysis of the state s budgetary condition that will be useful to those considering the governor s proposals The trend toward increased use of one time revenue is disturbing because it could result in only short term solutions for long term problems Merriman wrote in the report which is available here The report examines nine issues that are crucial to the state ranging from revenue to education to energy and infrastructure Many of the revenue raising options outlined by Gov Blagojevich on Wednesday are similar or identical to options proposed a year ago Merriman s analysis discusses borrowing to make payments to the pension fund and selling or leasing the lottery to raise money for a capital program The governor also proposes securitization which would allow the state to issue bonds backed by a revenue stream such as the nationwide tobacco settlement This kind of action does not raise any new revenue as it is just a form of borrowing Merriman said Thursday It increases current revenue but foregoes future revenue streams that will have to be replaced The governor did renew his call to provide greater access to health care and his desire to help middle class families both laudable goals said IGPA Director Robert F Rich He has reaffirmed his commitment to the very ambitious Illinois Covered program This commitment places

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  • New delegate count analysis indicates superdelegates hold the key to the Democratic nomination | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    will be the party s nominee for president The analysis of voting in caucuses and primaries and public opinion poll data in states yet to vote shows that Obama has overtaken Clinton s wide early lead among elected delegates But the analysis conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs also shows that Senator Clinton continues to lead in recent polls conducted in the delegate rich states of Ohio Texas and Pennsylvania If she holds those leads she likely would be ahead of Senator Obama in the number of pledged delegates heading into the convention in Denver this summer said IGPA Senior Fellow Michael R Cheney who is leading the project with graduate student Peter Weitzel Clinton is still ahead in several of the big states but her lead has shrunk in Texas Cheney said And as was shown in Wisconsin the actual vote is often giving Obama a bigger margin than the latest polls showed only a day before in recent states This means the battle for superdelegates party and elected officials who can remain uncommitted until the nominating process at the convention will be especially important Cheney said According to the latest delegate count there are 388 unpledged superdelegates and either candidate will need the vast majority of them if the current elected delegate projections hold he said While intended to provide state and elected officials with a role in the Democratic nomination process the role that is emerging is far more significant than anyone thought Cheney said The superdelegates will be the crucial voting block for the nomination The shakeout in the Republican race since Super Tuesday means frontrunner John McCain could secure the nomination as soon as March 4 when Republicans vote in Texas Ohio Vermont and Rhode Island The

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/new-delegate-count-analysis-indicates-superdelegates-hold-key-democratic-nomination (2016-02-17)
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  • Conference to look at impact of aging population on state and local budgets | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    that Illinois faces a revenue shortfall of as much as 750 million may foreshadow budget conditions for government that will grow far worse in coming years say organizers of a conference scheduled this week in Chicago Former Gov Jim Edgar will be the keynote luncheon speaker for the conference titled The Fiscal Future of State and Local Governments The Effects of the Coming Demographic Transition The conference will bring together scholars and other experts to look at the impact the aging demographic landscape in America will have on state county and municipal government The half day conference sponsored by the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois will begin at 8 45 a m on Friday Feb 22 at the UIC Forum 725 W Roosevelt in Chicago We re trying to increase awareness of a looming problem for state and local governments a problem that has been discussed at the federal level because of its effect on Social Security and Medicaid said Richard F Dye a professor of economics at IGPA and one of the conference organizers The short term blinders have been on and we have terrible current budget problems so we don t see how worse things could be in 20 years or so Presenters include Tom Johnson president of the Taxpayers Federation of Illinois Paul Wilson of the Minnesota Department of Revenue and Jessica Polos of the Illinois Comptroller s Office Economics professors J Fred Giertz of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and Nathan Anderson of the University of Illinois at Chicago both members of the IGPA faculty and Dye are among the conference presenters The presentations will conclude with a roundtable discussion involving the presenters and audience which will be moderated by IGPA Senior Fellow James Nowlan The University of

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/conference-look-impact-aging-population-state-and-local-budgets (2016-02-17)
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  • IGPA Affiliate Jeffrey Brown nominated by President Bush for Social Security and Medicare | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    affiliate and professor of finance at the U of I will be nominated by President Bush to serve as a trustee for the nation s Social Security and Medicare programs University of Illinois finance professor Jeffrey R Brown will be nominated by President Bush to serve on the board of trustees for the nation s Social Security and Medicare programs the White House announced Tuesday If approved by the Senate Brown will serve a four year term as one of two public trustees first added in 1984 to increase public confidence in the programs The six member oversight board also includes the secretaries of treasury labor and health and human services and the commissioner of Social Security The board monitors the financial status of the two major entitlement programs to ensure their trust funds are properly managed presenting annual reports to Congress that forecast spending and revenue for more than 75 years Brown director of the Center on Business and Public Policy in the U of I College of Business is currently a member of the bipartisan Social Security Advisory Board a separate body that advises the president Congress and Social Security Administration on a wide range of policy and administrative issues facing the Social Security program His term on the advisory board is set to expire in September In 2001 Brown served as an economist on the President s Commission to Strengthen Social Security He also was a senior economist with the President s Council of Economic Advisers in 2001 02 and periodically traveled with Bush in 2005 in the White House s campaign to promote the need for Social Security reform Brown is the William G Karnes Professor of Finance at the U of I where he has served on the faculty since 2002 He earned a bachelor

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  • Pat Quinn, Dawn Clark Netsch to debate Constitutional Convention question | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Governor Pat Quinn and former state Comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch will discuss the constitutional convention question at a Policy Luncheon in Springfield on Wednesday March 5 Illinois voters will be asked this fall to decide whether the state should convene a Constitutional Convention The question is asked every 20 years as required by the current constitution The Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois and the Center for State Policy and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Springfield have asked two uniquely qualified experts to explore the question Lt Gov Pat Quinn and former Illinois Comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch will discuss the pros and cons at the next Policy Luncheon scheduled for Wednesday March 5 at the Sangamo Club 227 E Adams in Springfield beginning at 11 45 a m Quinn in his second term as lieutenant governor of Illinois led the successful drive in 1983 to create the Citizens Utility Board and has championed other consumer protection tax reform and empowerment causes Quinn supports calling a constitutional convention Netsch professor emerita of law at Northwestern University served as state comptroller from 1991 1995 and ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1994 She was a delegate to the last constitutional convention in 1970 and opposes a new convention Anthony Halter executive director of the Center for State Policy and Leadership will serve as moderator for the discussion which will include audience questions A discussion of this important question by these two persons both of whom have been intimately involved with state government for decades and know how our constitution works promises to be very engaging said Robert F Rich director of IGPA I am looking forward to a lively and informative conversation Background information regarding the constitutional convention question is available in The Illinois Report 2008

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  • U of I Flash Index breaks six-month slide | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    breaks six month slide The University of Illinois Flash Index the first barometer of the Illinois economy each month broke a six month slide with a slight increase in January The index rose to 103 8 from the December reading of 103 6 It s the first time since June 2007 that the Flash Index has risen over the previous month In most months this would be a relatively insignificant result said U of I economist J Fred Giertz who compiles the index for the university s Institute of Government and Public Affairs www igpa uillinois edu However with the threat of a looming recession this is a case of no news is good news As of now the Illinois economy does not appear to be in recession The Flash Index is constructed with the reading of 100 as the dividing line between economic expansion and contraction The Illinois economy has slowed significantly since June s reading of 106 8 but it is still expanding Giertz said Individual income tax and corporate tax receipts were up in real terms from the same month last year while sales tax receipts were down There is one additional factor that may temper the results Giertz said Individual income tax receipts were likely inflated by estimated payments from people who experienced capital gains in 2007 January is one of four months when estimated payments are due This means that part of the increase in January income tax receipts can be attributed to last year s economy and not the current situation he said The Flash Index is a weighted average of Illinois growth rates in corporate earnings consumer spending and personal income Tax receipts from corporate income personal income and retail sales are adjusted for inflation before growth rates are calculated The growth rate

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/u-i-flash-index-breaks-six-month-slide (2016-02-17)
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