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  • News | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Hosted by the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs SIDS of Illinois UIC Department of Anthropology UIC Maternal and Child Health Program and the UIC Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy Click here to downoad the event program IGPA health economist Tony Lo Sasso talks about excise tax on medical machinery with First Business News IGPA s Fiscal Futures Project highlighted in Chicago Fed analysis University presidents and chancellors endorse Six Simple Steps plan IGPA Director Fred Giertz talks about tax fairness IGPA s Cedric Herring discusses sluggish progress by state government in hiring black workers Four finalists to make faculty staff visits in search for new IGPA Director Four finalists have been selected in the search for a new director for the Institute of Government and Public Affairs The four finalists will visit with IGPA faculty staff and key stakeholders during the month of April according to Dr Michael Pagano dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago and chair of the search committee Professor Tony Lo Sasso discusses health insurance premiums Fiscal Futures Project testifies before General Assembly IGPA s Fiscal Futures Project testified

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/igpa-news?page=15 (2016-02-17)
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  • News | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Nancy Hudspeth comments on Illinois fiscal condition IGPA Associate Director David Merriman discusses the Sequester IGPA s Elizabeth Powers contributes op ed to Crain s Chicago Business IGPA Kicks off Spring Seminar Series in Chicago On Wednesday February 13 IGPA kicked off the spring semester of the Health and Social Policy Seminar held at the IGPA Chicago office The weekly series features a range of speakers from different disciplines universities and research approaches in the fields of economics public health public policy finance and business IGPA Director Fred Giertz discusses whether sin taxes influence behavior David Merriman presents on fiscal situation to U of I Board of Trustees UIC Faculty IGPA Associate Director David Merriman left who is co director of the Fiscal Futures Project made two separate presentations on the state s fiscal situation last month Merriman s research with the Fiscal Futures Project on the implications of the state s budget deficit has become an important source of information for the university community A Minute with Pensions Expert and IGPA Professor Jeff Brown IGPA s David Merriman discusses COLA limits on pensions Applications being accepted in University search for next IGPA director Applications are being accepted by the

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/igpa-news?page=16 (2016-02-17)
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  • RICP to Host Summit That Will Build Partnerships to Address Gang Violence | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Lincoln Land Community College and the Springfield Urban League Inc to create an action plan that will address gang violence in central Illinois On Aug 11 RICP will host the second in a series of Summits designed to develop the action plan This Summit called A Community Approach Building Partnerships to Address Gang Violence will bring multi disciplinary professionals and community members together to address the issue of gang mobility and violent crime in central Illinois The Summit will be held at Lincoln Land Community College s Trutter Center in Springfield As gangs from urban areas migrate into residential and rural communities significant implications arise for law enforcement and other governmental and social service professionals Community members especially youth are directly impacted Effectively responding to difficult problems requires innovative approaches to problem solving non traditional thinking and strong community based leadership The purpose of this event is to work together to find solutions to gang related violence and crime in our geographic area said Dr Patricia Rushing director of RICP The first summit in the series Addressing Gang Mobility A Targeted Approach in Illinois was held earlier this year Fighting gang violence is an ongoing public policy issue that demands

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/RICP-gang-summit (2016-02-17)
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  • Economist David Merriman to lead Economics Department at UIC | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Centers Office of Public Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory Economist David Merriman to lead Economics Department at UIC David F Merriman an economist in the Institute of Government and Public Affairs IGPA has been appointed Head of the Department of Economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago His appointment is effective Aug 16 Merriman has been part of IGPA since 1996 while serving on the faculty at Loyola University Chicago After 20 years at Loyola he joined the faculty at UIC in 2007 as professor of public administration in the College of Urban Planning and Public Administration At IGPA Merriman has been instrumental in the development of the Fiscal Futures Project which is creating a forecasting model of the Illinois state budget He was a contributor to The Illinois Report 2008 and has been a frequent commentator for news media on the nation s economic downturn David Merriman is a very talented economist and UIC is very fortunate to have him serve as Head of the Department of Economics said Robert F Rich Director of IGPA We look forward to our continued association with David Merriman will retain his affiliation with IGPA during his tenure as Head of the

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/merriman-econ (2016-02-17)
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  • Policy Forum by Dr. Stanley Ikenberry cited in newspaper commentary | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Centers Office of Public Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory Policy Forum by Dr Stanley Ikenberry cited in newspaper commentary An issue of IGPA s Policy Forum written by Dr Stanley Ikenberry in 2005 was quoted in a guest commentary by three University faculty members in the July 26 edition of The Champaign News Gazette For those interested in the full article it is part of the IGPA library and is

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/Ikenberry-PF17-3 (2016-02-17)
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  • IGPA provides leadership for Midwest lawmakers’ gathering | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    scientist James D Nowlan right will lead sessions at the annual Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development The five day meeting sponsored by the Midwestern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments will be held at the Fluno Center for Executive Education at the University of Wisconsin Madison Thirty seven primarily first term legislators from the states of Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Michigan Minnesota Nebraska North Dakota Ohio South Dakota and Wisconsin and the Canadian provinces of Manitoba Saskatchewan and Ontario are expected to attend For the second year we have designed and are delivering the capstone project for the legislators attending this important program a leadership dialogue centered on Joseph Ellis book Founding Fathers said IGPA Director Robert F Rich Given our mission of conducting research and active public engagement participation in this program is extremely important to us we are honored to be involved Nowlan a senior fellow at IGPA and a former Illinois legislator himself will direct the leadership dialogue exercise for the Bowhay fellows over two days of the meeting This exercise involves an in depth discussion of Ellis book to explore its principles and implications for leadership As with former Illinois state senator Barack Obama effective state lawmakers often rise to positions of national leadership Nowlan said Dialogue about how the founders kept our fragile nation together and allowed it to prosper provides today s leaders for tomorrow important perspective on leadership and problem solving Giertz who has been on the IGPA faculty since 1980 will be a co presenter for a discussion about the effects of the struggling economy on Midwest states He will be joined on the panel by Richard Mattoon a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Financing state government with all its competing demands is difficult in

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/bowhay (2016-02-17)
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  • U of I Flash Index dips more than two points in June to 92.0 | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    of I Flash Index dips more than two points in June to 92 0 The Illinois economy remains in the doldrums of the national recession according to the latest University of Illinois Flash Index The index which ticked up slightly in May dropped more than two full points in June from 94 1 to 92 0 The reading is now below the lowest levels of the 1990 and 2001 recessions however it is still far above the historical low point of 86 2 in June 1983 Even though there is considerable optimism now that the recession will end late this year in the words of Yogi Berra It ain t over till it s over said economist J Fred Giertz who compiles the Flash Index for the university s Institute of Government and Public Affairs A recession means that the economy is contracting The end of a recession is at the low point of this decline which means there will likely be further decreases in the index before the economy turns around The current low reading does not necessarily suggest that this optimism is misplaced but it does mean that there will continue to be some bad news before the recession ends Giertz said In real terms all three components of the Flash Index individual income tax receipts corporate tax receipts and sales tax receipts were down from the same month last year Giertz said Individual income tax receipts were likely negatively affected by low estimated payments in June because of reduced capital gains 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 for each component is then

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/flash-june (2016-02-17)
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  • 2009 NEW Leadership Illinois Fosters Next Generation of Women Leaders | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Young women from colleges across Illinois will gather in Chicago on Wednesday June 3 for the 2009 National Education for Women s Leadership Illinois NEWL program NEW Leadership Illinois is a non partisan residential program for college juniors and seniors designed to increase women s representation in all elements of public life including elected office The seminar will continue through Sunday and will be held on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago The program sponsored by the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at University of Illinois and the Conference of Women Legislators of the Illinois General Assembly COWL challenges Illinois brightest students to think critically and creatively about public policy It encourages young women to make a commitment to public leadership early in their careers The young women can have one on one time with elected officials and learn how they got to be where they are said Rep Kathy Ryg D Vernon Hills co chair of the event Numerous experienced leaders will act as faculty in residence including COWL co chairs Sen Heather Steans D Chicago and Rep Sandra Pihos R Glen Ellyn Former public officials including former U S Secretary of Labor Lynn Martin and former Lieutenant Governor Corinne Wood will give keynote addresses Panel discussions and activities will help participants develop leadership skills Participants will learn about current public policy issues with the guidance of University of Illinois faculty and others Students will also see policy in action by visiting the James R Thompson Center and the Chicago City Council chambers The program will culminate in a group policy analysis project in which students practice their new skills by presenting their findings in a mock legislative committee hearing We provide the opportunity of five days of intense training to be in public life

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/newl2009 (2016-02-17)
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