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  • U of I Flash Index falls below 100 for first time since March 2004 | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    The index which is the first barometer of the Illinois economy each month dropped to 98 7 in December That is a fall of 1 3 points from the November reading It comes as no surprise that the index is clearly in recession territory reflecting the national and international economic downturn said economist J Fred Giertz who compiles the Flash Index for the Institute of Government and Public Affairs The question now is how low will it fall Sales tax corporate income tax and personal income tax receipts are the three components of the Flash Index each month In December sales tax collections in Illinois were off by 11 percent in real terms from December of last year This reflects both a weak Christmas buying season and the major decline in automobile sales Giertz said Corporate tax receipts also declined sharply Surprisingly individual income tax receipts were up compared to December of last year The last time the index was below 100 which marks the division between economic contraction and expansion was March 2004 when it was 99 5 on an upward trend after falling to a low of 94 2 in May 2002 That was during the wake of the 2001 recession Giertz said In the aftermath of the 1990 and 2001 recessions the index fell to the low 90s while the index fell to 85 9 after the more serious recessions of the early 1980s he said Given the severity of the current recession the ultimate decline is likely to be nearer the 1980s result as compared to the two most recent relatively mild recessions The Flash Index fell steadily throughout the second half of 2007 and most of 2008 after reaching a high of 107 4 in April 2007 The Flash Index is a weighted average of

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/flash-index-december2008 (2016-02-17)
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  • Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to receive Douglas Ethics in Government Award | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    the University of Illinois Justice O Connor who retired from the high court on Jan 31 2006 was selected by the Douglas Award national selection committee for her life long devotion to good government and her steadfast defense of an independent judiciary said Robert F Rich director of IGPA Sandra Day O Connor s career has exemplified excellence in public service Rich said She has been a courageous public leader who has promoted a very high standard of integrity in her public and private life We are honored to recognize her distinguished career with this award The Douglas Award was established 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 The award is presented annually to a public servant who has made a lasting contribution to ethical behavior in government Paul Douglas was a remarkable public figure said Justice O Connor I am very honored indeed to receive recognition from the University of Illinois and its Institute of Government and Public Affairs Senator Douglas s heritage is worth remembering as we face these difficult times Justice O Connor was the first woman to be nominated to the Supreme Court when she was chosen by President Ronald Reagan in 1981 to replace retiring Justice Potter Stewart Seen by many as a moderating voice on the Court she cast the deciding vote on several decisions including one that upheld the constitutionality of the McCain Feingold campaign finance law which regulated soft money contributions Sens John McCain and Russell Feingold received the Douglas Award in 2000 for their work on this law Since retiring from the Court Justice O Connor has spoken frequently on the need to maintain a judiciary free of political

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/douglas08-oconnor (2016-02-17)
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  • A Minute With Jim Edgar | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Economics Applications Laboratory A Minute With Jim Edgar Former Illinois Gov Jim Edgar says Barack Obama faces one of the toughest tests of any incoming president inheriting a deep economic crisis and two wars when he takes office in January Edgar a distinguished fellow with the U of I Institute of Government and Public Affairs discusses the challenges ahead for the former Illinois senator in an interview with the Urbana

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/minute-jim-edgar (2016-02-17)
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  • U of I Flash Index drops to 100 in November; Decline continues | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    2009 Seminar Study Centers Office of Public Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory U of I Flash Index drops to 100 in November Decline continues The U of I Flash Index the first monthly barometer of the Illinois economy dropped to a reading of 100 0 for November continuing a decline that began in July 2007 The index was at 100 6 in October Continue reading about the November Flash Index

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/flash-index-nov2008 (2016-02-17)
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  • IGPA author's study finds that race decides neighborhood evaluation | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    various neighborhoods lower working class to upper class with actors posing as residents Residents were portrayed doing exactly the same activities in each neighborhood such as picking up mail or talking to neighbors See the full study opens in new window See sample videos QuickTime Player While the survey participants viewed the same neighborhoods in the videos they were randomly assigned to see white residents black residents or a mix of both Participants were then asked to evaluate the neighborhoods in terms of housing cost property upkeep school quality safety and future property values Whites who saw white residents in the video rated neighborhoods significantly more positively in four of the five dimensions when compared to whites who saw black residents in the identical neighborhood Racially mixed neighborhoods fell in between These findings demonstrate that objective characteristics such as housing are not sufficient for whites to overcome the stereotypes they have about communities with African American residents said Krysan who also is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago Participants were also questioned regarding their endorsement or rejection of racial stereotypes Whites who held negative stereotypes about blacks as a group were more likely to produce disapproving neighborhood evaluations According to the researchers property value stagnation is one consequence of whites excluding neighborhoods solely due to the presence of black residents This segregation limits occupational opportunities for blacks ensures that blacks and whites will seldom have the chance to attend school together and seriously limits the acquisition of wealth by African Americans said Michigan s Farley who noted that racial segregation remains common in the older metropolises of the Midwest and Northeast Harvard University sociologist Lawrence Bobo editor of the Du Bois Review lauded the new study It is rare to find research that combines

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/krysan-neighborhoods (2016-02-17)
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  • Former state lawmaker Richard Winkel to direct IGPA’s Office of Public Leadership | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    officials in Illinois Winkel s appointment was approved Thursday by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees As director he will be in charge of developing and expanding OPL s programs and developing new ways to deliver them Rick Winkel is an ideal person to direct the Office of Public Leadership said Robert F Rich director of IGPA His entrepreneurial and leadership skills will allow OPL to build new partnerships with state and local government officials The Office of Public Leadership provides leadership and management training mentoring and other learning opportunities for elected and appointed government officials primarily at the municipal township and county levels The office also consults with units of government interested in improving their leadership education and in other matters of policy and procedure It is one of four sub units of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs As the Director of the Office of Public Leadership I will focus on designing and developing programs for a new generation of leaders in Illinois Winkel said OPL s mission is to equip and inspire elected and appointed state and local government officials who desire the knowledge and skill sets necessary to enable them to grasp the big picture lead responsive and responsible government and make and implement sound forward thinking public policy decisions Winkel joined IGPA in the fall of 2007 after representing Champaign and Vermilion counties in the General Assembly for 12 years eight in the House of Representatives and four in the state Senate He also served on the Champaign County Board and practiced law in Champaign for 23 years As senior fellow at IGPA Winkel has served as a liaison to members of the General Assembly and has been involved in the institute s development and communications efforts He also worked with OPL s

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/winkel-opl (2016-02-17)
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  • Sen. Lugar issues challenge for bipartisanship at Douglas Lecture | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Public Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory 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 Watch the Lecture Part

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/douglaslecture-lugar-remarks (2016-02-17)
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  • Sen. Richard Lugar to deliver Douglas Education Lecture Nov. 11 in Urbana | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    a Partisan Era Senator Lugar s lecture will focus on the close relationship in public service between ethical behavior and a willingness to embrace bipartisanship Lugar received the 2007 Paul H Douglas Ethics in Government Award from the university s Institute of Government and Public Affairs and the award program includes an educational lecture by the recipient in the following academic year The lecture will begin at 1 30 p m on Nov 11 in Illini Room A at the Illini Union 1401 W Green St Urbana It is free and open to the public and sign language interpretation will be provided In accepting the Douglas Ethics in Government Award at a ceremony in Washington D C last April Senator Lugar said politics need not be filled with partisan acrimony if leaders choose a path of independent self reflection and discipline of thought But outside influences such as interest groups news media and specious analysis make true bipartisanship difficult he said His Urbana lecture is expected to describe a political process capable of educating voters changing minds and creating new bipartisan norms that can guide public discourse for a generation or more Lugar is the longest serving U S Senator in Indiana history The Republican leader of the Foreign Relations Committee he was first elected to in 1976 and was re elected to a sixth term in 2006 with 87 percent of the vote his fourth consecutive victory by a two thirds majority Senator Lugar has been a leader in reducing the threat of nuclear chemical and biological weapons In 1991 he forged a bipartisan partnership with then Senate Armed Services Chairman Sam Nunn D Ga to destroy these weapons of mass destruction in the former Soviet Union To date the Nunn Lugar program has deactivated more than 7 200

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