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  • The Latest From IGPA | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    state lawmaker Richard Winkel to direct IGPA s Office of Public Leadership Richard J Winkel a former Illinois legislator and senior fellow at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs is the new director of the Office of Public Leadership Sen Lugar issues challenge for bipartisanship at Douglas Lecture Senator Richard G Lugar of Indiana called upon public officials to serve with an attitude of bipartisanship when he spoke to a University of Illinois audience on Veteran s Day Lugar recipient of the 2007 Paul H Douglas Ethics in Government Award delivered the Douglas Education Lecture Listen to the Lecture IGPA panel analyzes results of the 2008 election A panel of experts led by IGPA Distinguished Fellow Jim Edgar analyzes the outcome of the Nov 4 general election for a luncheon audience in Springfield on Nov 6 Video is courtesy of Illinois Channel Watch the panel discussion Robert Rich analyzes Barack Obama s victory IGPA Director Robert F Rich in an interview with Champaign Urbana s WCIA WCFN TV analyzes Tuesday s election of Illinois Sen Barack Obama as the nation s 44th president Robert Rich on the election of Barack Obama Fred Giertz discusses the October 2008 U of I Flash Index The University of Illinois Flash Index the first monthly barometer of the Illinois economy dropped to 100 6 in October down from 101 1 in September This is the Flash Index s lowest level since August 2004 IGPA economist J Fred Giertz discusses the implications of this month s index October 2008 Flash Index commentary by Fred Giertz Learn more about the Flash Index Read more about the October Flash Index Sen Richard Lugar to deliver Douglas Education Lecture Nov 11 in Urbana Senator Richard G Lugar R Indiana widely known as a senator who puts policy

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/igpa-latest?page=56 (2016-02-17)
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  • The Latest From IGPA | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    lost 3 700 jobs in September 2008 compared to the revised loss of 5 200 in August Illinois has now lost 15 800 jobs this year The Illinois Economic Review is prepared by IGPA economist Geoffrey Hewings Read the full review RICP All Animals All Disasters Workshop Announcement IGPA s Regional Institute for Community Policing RICP will conduct an All Animals All Disaster Workshop in Charlotte North Carolina on Wednesday Oct 29 The workshop will promote the importance of planning to deal with animals as part of all emergency management plans For the People Election 2008 IGPA and WILL TV join in the production of For the People Election 2008 a television series that looks at major campaign issues and how Illinois might be affected by the results of the 2008 election IGPA faculty members and others join WILL s John Paul to discuss these vital issues The series is in four parts airing on public TV stations across the state in October Economy with Dan McMillen and Elizabeth Powers For the People Election 2008 IGPA and WILL TV join in the production of For the People Election 2008 a television series that looks at major campaign issues and how Illinois might be affected by the results of the 2008 election IGPA faculty members and others join WILL s John Paul to discuss these vital issues The series is in four parts airing on public TV stations across the state in October Energy with Don Fullerton and Andrew Morriss Bazzani Lecture program to discuss policies for dealing with climate change IGPA presents the Sixth Annual Craig S Bazzani Lecture in Public Affairs at 4 p m on Wednesday Oct 22 in the auditorium of the Beckman Institute 400 N Mathews Urbana The program will feature a discussion of developing policies

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/igpa-latest?page=57 (2016-02-17)
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  • Government Insight, Sept. 6, 2008 | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    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 Government Insight Sept 6 2008 Government Insight hosted by IGPA Senior Fellow Rick Winkel explores who gets what when and how in government and politics Download this audio mp3 Content Taxonomy Research Related Content Revenue spending at midpoint of FY16 Illinois economic slowdown

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  • IGPA welcomes two new faculty members; McMillen moves to Urbana | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Don Fullerton and Darren H Lubotsky to its research faculty this month In a separate move IGPA economist Daniel P McMillen has transferred from the Chicago campus to the Urbana Champaign campus Don Fullerton begins his appointment as Gutsgell Professor in the Urbana Champaign s Department of Finance this fall after spending a year as visiting professor in the department and has a joint appointment with IGPA where he will research energy and environmental policy issues Study of environmental policy is inherently interdisciplinary Fullerton said I value my Department of Finance colleagues highly but also need other colleagues in economics policy and related fields IGPA does some of the highest quality research in all those fields It will be great to have an office on the same floor with others doing policy analysis Before coming to Illinois Fullerton spent 14 years as Addison Baker Duncan Centennial Professor of Economics at the University of Texas He also served on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University the University of Virginia and Princeton University From 1985 87 Fullerton was a deputy assistant secretary of the treasury He also has done extensive research on taxation issues Darren Lubotsky has been a member of the Urbana Champaign faculty since 2002 and serves as an associate professor of economics and labor and industrial relations In addition to his new joint appointment with IGPA Lubotsky holds an appointment in the Department of Economics and the School of Labor and Employment Relations formerly Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations at Urbana Champaign He received his BA from Washington University in St Louis and his PhD from the University of California Berkeley in 2000 At IGPA Lubotsky will focus his research on the economic impact of social policy issues particularly education and immigration My research is aimed at answering

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  • U of I Flash Index rises in August | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    102 3 marked the first upward movement in the index since February The University of Illinois Flash Index the first barometer of the Illinois economy each month showed a slight rise in August The increase from 102 1 to 102 3 marked the first upward movement in the index since February The Flash Index has remained in this narrow 102 1 to 102 3 range for the last four months which suggests that the Illinois economy continues to reflect the national slowdown in growth but is still not declining says economist J Fred Giertz who compiles the monthly index for the university s Institute of Government and Public Affairs A reading above 100 indicates growth in the state There is concern that the national economy will slow significantly in the third quarter after a surprisingly robust 3 3 percent growth rate of GDP during the second quarter which was spurred in part by the tax rebates offered by the government Giertz said There is also concern that a slowing world economy along with the rebounding dollar will slow export growth which has helped the U S and Illinois economy during the problems with the financial sector As yet this is not reflected in the Flash Index Concern remains that weakness in the financial sector will drag the rest of the economy into a full blown recession Giertz said Unfortunately unpleasant financial surprises may still be ahead he said Many analysts argue that recoveries from slowdowns and recessions caused by financial uncertainty last longer than more normal downturns Two of the three components of the index individual income tax and sales tax receipts were down in real terms from the same month last year Corporate tax receipts were up The Flash Index is a weighted average of Illinois growth rates in

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/u-i-flash-index-rises-august (2016-02-17)
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  • Survey indicates voter reactions to presidential candidates’ traits | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    but McCain s legislative experience is viewed as more valuable Survey respondents also value McCain s experiences as a prisoner of war and on balance Obama s potential to be the first black president helps him The Illinois Opinion Monitor survey conducted by the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois asked 1 000 Illinois residents to react to traits such as the age of the candidates their political experience and their backgrounds The survey also asked respondents about how they believe others will react to each trait For instance the survey found that while only 40 percent of the respondents self reported that McCain s age he will turn 72 on Aug 29 hurts him 71 percent felt that other voters would feel that way Also while only 6 percent self reported that Obama s race hurts him in their eyes 29 percent of those same respondents felt that others would view Obama s race negatively Both candidates are striving to play up their own strengths and their rivals weaknesses said IGPA political scientist Brian J Gaines who conducted the study The fact that Obama and his surrogates take every opportunity to attach labels like confused to McCain and that McCain s camp has stressed Obama s inexperience suggests their own polling shows similar patterns Data was collected as part of a larger survey in the spring of 2008 but very likely remains accurate Gaines said These questions deal with fixed facts legislative behavior and life histories and immutable traits age and race Gaines said Nothing in the to and fro of the campaign so far seems likely to have altered the way the public reacts to the candidates in these terms Full results are available at the IGPA website in the Illinois Opinion Monitor

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  • IGPA resumes annual luncheon series in Urbana and Chicago | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    12 2008 IGPA will resume its two long running seminar series with the beginning of the fall semester at the University of Illinois These series of lunches provide opportunities for IGPA faculty to interact with other scholars to explore cutting edge policy research The Urbana brownbag series will resume on Wednesday August 27 with a presentation by Ming Hsu assistant professor of economics at Urbana Champaign Hsu formerly a fellow at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Study will talk about his provocative and path breaking work that combines economics and neuroscience The Urbana series plans to return to an emphasis on basic scholarly research this year said IGPA faculty member Jim Kuklinski the series coordinator In our ideal world the Institute will become known across campus as a place for top notch scholars to present their research and receive helpful comments from others he said In Chicago the Policy Research Seminar series will resume on Thursday September 4 with a talk by Dan A Black a professor at the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago Black will discuss the labor supply of married women in U S cities The Urbana brownbags will be scheduled at

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  • Position: Student Web Developer | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    a great opportunity for a student with the right skill set to broaden his or her horizons and to contribute to a robust research environment The Institute of Government and Public Affairs seeks a University of Illinois student to serve as a part time web developer to maintain our primary website which soon will be managed by Drupal Duties include programming basic graphic design content management and consistent communication with institute staff You will be expected to be easily available to respond to technical problems as they arise There will also be opportunities to develop projects related to the continued development of the website Skills Knowledge of HTML and CSS web standards is required A strong background in PHP and MySQL application development is also essential Experience with the Drupal content management system will increase your chances but we encourage you to apply regardless Experience with Flash and Photoshop also preferred Must be good at basic life skills prompt and punctual respond promptly to emails and maintain a professional attitude in the workplace Pay will be commensurate with experience with a minimum of 12 hour Please email or mail a cover letter that details your web development experience and resumé

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/position-student-web-developer (2016-02-17)
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