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  • U of I Flash Index drops to lowest point since August 2004 | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Flash Index About Archive Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox Illinois Economic Review Opinion Monitor Trends in Racial Attitudes Library Policy Forum Search Programs Events Douglas Ethics Award Edgar Fellows Program NEW Leadership Illinois IGPA State Summit 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 U of I Flash Index drops to lowest point since August 2004 The effects of the national economic downturn continue to be felt in Illinois according to the University of Illinois Flash Index which dropped to 100 6 in October its lowest reading in more than four years The Flash Index the first monthly barometer of economic activity in Illinois was down from 101 1 in September indicating Illinois is indeed being affected by the significant slowing in the national economy Continue reading about the October Flash Index Related Content The Sunday Spin Director Mooney recaps POTUS visit to Springfield Jim Edgar to receive Champion of Democracy recognition Director Chris Mooney compares budget less states of Illinois and Pennsylvania Search the web Search igpa uillinois edu Search igpa uillinois edu library IGPA Site IGPA Library The Institute of

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/flash-index-oct08 (2016-02-17)
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  • Latest IGPA Electoral Index continues to show Obama with lead | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    IGPA Electoral Index continues to show Obama with lead The latest analysis of public opinion data in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia shows presidential candidate Barack Obama holding a sizable lead in electoral votes over Senator John McCain During the 16 day period between an Oct 13 analysis and Oct 29 Obama s electoral vote total rose from 353 to 367 During this same period McCain lost 1 electoral vote as he dropped from 169 to 168 270 electoral votes are needed to be elected president The analysis uses public opinion poll data that is applied to formulas designed to approximate the electoral vote totals As we approach the final days of the campaign we are seeing a tightening of the race and some shifts taking in place in smaller states such as North Dakota and West Virginia said IGPA Senior Fellow Michael R Cheney who conducted the research with undergraduate student Crystal Olsen In a second analysis which included margin of error and poll reliability Obama s electoral vote count is projected at 243 a drop of 9 electoral votes with Pennsylvania and Colorado moving into the toss up category and Iowa Maine and Minnesota moving into the Obama category The same analysis has McCain dropping to 127 from the earlier total of 140 with both his home state of Arizona and North Dakota moving into the toss up category There are 168 electoral votes in the toss up category The second analysis shows that as the race is nearing the end some of the states earlier believed to be solidly for Obama and McCain are now coming into question Issues of turnout and decisions made by undecided voters on the final weekend of the campaign can sway the outcome said Cheney who is

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/electoral-index-2 (2016-02-17)
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  • RICP All Animals - All Disasters Workshop Announcement | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    CD containing resources for either developing or updating their Emergency Evacuation and Sheltering Plan Participants are also provided with an overview regarding national models of best practices and protocols that provides guidance for developing and ensuring coordination of standardized mitigation preparedness response and recovery efforts of communities and individuals through their local Emergency Operations Plans affecting the health welfare and safety of all animals in all disasters While most large scale disasters gain national attention the truth is most disasters are smaller and more localized Large scale disasters impacting large numbers of animals are rare events in any given community and many large scale disasters impacting animals are unique in their scope and needs Although many assets have been developed across the United States to respond to the needs of animals in disasters the combination of rare events with unique requirements have made it impractical to prescribe a comprehensive list of specialized resources for the response to animals in disasters It has proven to be more practical to educate the local citizenry on individual preparedness assemble qualified local responders into teams and units that match the local needs rather than depending on outside resources with more general concepts of operations Any disaster will have adverse effects on the jurisdiction s public health and welfare including its animal population Disaster preparation is most effective if locally focused and developed at the lowest jurisdiction possible However assembling teams in the midst of a disaster has often led to turmoil over roles and responsibilities resulting in panic and confusion in the general population It is clear that jurisdictions must have plans to effectively deal with their pet owning populations as a matter of health and public safety and to expedite a community s recovery Effective response requires comprehensive planning which includes mitigation through

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/RICP-animals (2016-02-17)
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  • Bazzani Lecture program to discuss policies for dealing with climate change | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    threat The Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois will bring three national experts together to discuss this challenge at the Sixth Annual Craig S Bazzani Lecture in Public Affairs on Wednesday Oct 22 The discussion which is free and open to the public begins at 4 p m in the auditorium of the Beckman Institute 400 N Mathews in Urbana Ill Panelists include Paul R Portney left dean of the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona Christine A Ervin president of Christine Ervin Company in Portland Ore and Chester S Gardner a University of Illinois scientist John Foreman president and publisher of The News Gazette Co in Champaign will serve as moderator Climate change and energy are extremely critical issues that are tied closely to the health of the global economy said IGPA Director Robert F Rich This discussion will look into how we as a nation can develop policies that will enhance our understanding of our environment and lead us to a greener and cleaner future I am extremely pleased that IGPA is able to present the knowledge of such distinguished experts as part of our Bazzani Lecture series The Craig S Bazzani Lecture in Public Affairs held to honor the long time University of Illinois vice president brings to the university leading researchers and commentators to discuss the most important political and policy issues facing the state and the nation Paul Portney has been at the University of Arizona since formerly was president and chief executive officer of Resources for the Future a nonpartisan research organization that specializes in environmental and energy issues He also has served as chief economist for the White House Council on Environmental Quality Before starting her own consulting company Christine Ervin was the first president

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/bazzani-lecture-2008 (2016-02-17)
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  • IGPA electoral index analysis indicates continuing shift toward Obama | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    A University of Illinois analysis of public opinion poll data in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia indicates that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is continuing to build his electoral vote lead over Republican candidate John McCain During the 10 day period between an Oct 2 analysis and Oct 13 Obama s electoral vote count rose from 338 to 353 During this same period McCain has lost 31 electoral votes as his total dropped from 200 to 169 A total of 270 electoral votes are needed to be elected president The analysis conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs is based upon the results of public opinion poll data That data is applied to formulas designed to approximate the electoral vote totals Analysis of data available through Oct 12 following the economic downturn in September finds McCain losing ground in both key battleground states as well as slipping in states that have been part of the GOP base in 2000 and 2004 While a period of debates tends to freeze voter support for candidates until after all of the debates have ended the economic events appear to have trumped the debates in motivating voters to make and or change their choices said IGPA Senior Fellow Michael R Cheney who has conducted the research with undergraduate student Crystal Olsen In a second analysis which included margin of error and poll reliability Obama s electoral vote count is projected at 252 while McCain has 146 projected electoral votes There are 146 electoral votes currently in states that are deemed statistical dead heats An analysis of the electoral map shows that normal red state blue state patterns of 2000 and 2004 are being redrawn and are shifting and a new pattern beyond

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/electoral-index-1 (2016-02-17)
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  • Campus forum to focus on constitutional convention question; Lt. Gov. Quinn to attend | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    debate on the constitutional convention question that goes before Illinois voters in the November election The debate which features Lt Gov Pat Quinn and Kevin Semlow of the Illinois Farm Bureau will be at 4 30 p m on Wednesday Oct 15 in Room 100 of Gregory Hall 810 S Wright St Urbana On Nov 4 Illinois voters will be asked whether the state should call the first constitutional convention since 1970 The current constitution requires voters to consider every 20 years whether to reopen the document for review by a convention of delegates chosen from across the state The Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois and the Civic Leadership Program at the U of I s Urbana Champaign campus will sponsor a debate on this important issue on Wednesday Oct 15 at 4 30 p m Lt Gov Pat Quinn and Kevin Semlow director of state legislation for the Illinois Farm Bureau will debate the question The forum will be held in Room 100 of Gregory Hall 810 S Wright St on the Urbana Champaign campus Admission is free and the event is open to the public In an election cycle dominated by the race for the White House it is important that Illinois voters are able to make informed decisions about the Con Con question said Robert F Rich director of IGPA A substantive issue like this deserves the quality analysis that Lt Gov Quinn and Kevin Semlow will provide Quinn in his second term as lieutenant governor supports calling a constitutional convention Semlow currently serving at the Illinois Farm Bureau s director of state legislation opposes the idea The two will debate the political and institutional realities surrounding the convention question along with its pros and cons Further information about the Con

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/concon-debate (2016-02-17)
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  • U of I Flash Index drops 1.2 points in September, reaches lowest level since 2004 | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    on Wall Street through the month of September the economy in Illinois continues to grow at a slow pace according to the University of Illinois Flash Index The index which is the first barometer of the state s economy each month dropped to 101 1 in September That s down significantly from the August reading of 102 3 but remains above the index reading of 100 that marks the division between growth and retraction in the economy This might even be considered moderately good news given the turmoil in the national economy said economist J Fred Giertz who compiles the index each month for the university s Institute of Government and Public Affairs However the Illinois economy is feeling the effects of the mortgage crisis and resulting credit crunch nationally A collapse of the credit system would have dire consequences everywhere including Illinois Giertz said With these intensifying financial problems and rising unemployment both nationally and in Illinois the prospects for avoiding a recession are diminishing he said For the last 15 months the real economy has not been severely damaged by the problems in the financial markets This is not likely to continue especially if an accord on the federal bailout program is not achieved It is important for Congress to agree on some sort of government intervention to stabilize the nation s financial system to protect pension funds retirement accounts and businesses beyond the financial sector Giertz says Despite the decline in the Flash Index individual income tax receipts and sales tax receipts were up slightly in real terms in September over the same month last year Corporate tax receipts were down 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

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/u-i-flash-index-drops-12-points-september-reaches-lowest-level-2004 (2016-02-17)
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  • Conference marks 40th anniversary of Fair Housing Act | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    enforcement to examine other barriers to integration The conference titled The Next 40 Years of Fair Housing Developing an Agenda for Integration for the 21 st Century will be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago on Tuesday October 7 2008 The Fair Housing Act is landmark legislation that brings together questions of civil rights with fairness and civil justice said Robert F Rich director of IGPA This important conference presents a wonderful opportunity to examine these themes The conference begins at 9 a m in Student Center East 750 S Halsted on the UIC campus It is free of charge and open to any individual or agency with an interest in fair housing and will conclude at 4 30 p m Conference sessions will focus on government policy individual behavior and policies or programs that promote integration Those sessions will lead to a final session where conference participants will be asked to develop an action agenda Panelists and moderators for the day include Illinois State Rep Karen A Yarbrough D Broadview James H Carr National Community Reinvestment Coalition Sylvia Puente Center for Metropolitan Chicago Initiatives Institute for Latino Studies at Notre Dame University John Petruszak Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance Ruben Feliciano Latino Policy Forum Camille Charles professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and Robin Kelly of the Illinois treasurer s office The speakers include an exciting mix of prominent researchers and policy experts on race and housing from across the country and policymakers and community leaders doing critical work on housing integration from across the region said IGPA s Maria Krysan an associate professor of sociology at UIC and a coordinator for the conference Registration for the conference is available by calling IGPA at 866 794 3340 or emailing igpa uillinois edu Housing is a

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/FairHousingConference08 (2016-02-17)
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