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  • IGPA forums to focus on economic crisis | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    experts will speak in Chicago on Tuesday September 30 and in Urbana on Wednesday October 1 These forums offer an opportunity to hear a helpful synopsis of the economic policy proposals contained in the major party platforms and on the recent economic situation embracing us all said Robert F Rich director of IGPA There will also be an opportunity to ask questions of our nationally recognized experts in this area The Tuesday forum held in cooperation with the Public Affairs Committee of the Union League Club of Chicago will begin at 11 30 a m at the Union League Club 65 W Jackson Blvd Tickets for this luncheon are 25 and can be reserved by calling 866 794 3340 or emailing igpa uillinois edu Wednesday s forum will be held in Room 192 of Lincoln Hall on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and will begin at 10 a m This forum is free and open to the public but those planning to attend are asked to call 866 794 3340 to register Diane Lim Rogers left chief economist for the Concord Coalition and Robert Carroll vice president for economic policy at the Tax Foundation will speak at both forums Before joining the Concord Coalition Dr Rogers was chief economist for the House Budget Committee and she served as senior economist for the President s Council of Economic Advisers during the last year of President Bill Clinton s administration Dr Carroll right oversees the foundation s tax research program and has served as a deputy assistant treasury secretary for tax analysis He also served as an economist for the President s Council of Economic Advisers in President George W Bush s administration Dr Rogers and Dr Carroll will be joined on Tuesday by Dr Robert Chirinko

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/igpa-forums-focus-economic-crisis (2016-02-17)
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  • State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias to visit IGPA on Sept. 23 | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    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 State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias to visit IGPA on Sept 23 Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias will visit the Institute of Government and Public Affairs in Urbana on Tuesday September 23 Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias will visit the Institute of Government and Public Affairs in Urbana on Tuesday Sept 23 as part of our Edgar Leader Series Hosted by IGPA Distinguished Fellow and former IllinoisGovernor Jim Edgar this series brings leaders from state and national government to campus to interact with facutly and students Giannoulias was elected to his first term as Illinois State Treasurer in 2006 at the age of 30 He is expected to speak about the state of Illinois economy The talk begins at noon Sept 23 in the Giertz Conference Room at IGPA 1007 W Nevada in Urbana Register by calling 217 333 3340 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

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/giannoulias-visit-sept-23 (2016-02-17)
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  • Critical Issues forum to focus on health care reform | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    2008 Health care reform is a major issue for Americans to consider in the 2008 presidential campaign More than 40 million people do not have health insurance and according to the World Health Organization the United States spends more on health care than any other nation both as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product and per capita The University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs devotes much of its research efforts to making sense of America s health care dilemma On Thursday Sept 18 IGPA will host a forum in Springfield to expand the discussion of this important issue Health care is one of the most important issues facing the United States because of affordability and the lack of access for nearly 20 percent of the American population said IGPA Director Robert F Rich This forum is designed to inform the public about the Democratic and Republican positions on this critical issue The luncheon forum titled The Critical Issues Prospects for Health Care Reform will be held at the Sangamo Club 227 E Adams in Springfield beginning at 11 30 a m The cost for lunch is 15 Two nationally known experts on health care policy M Gregg Bloche and David A Hyman will share their views on this issue during the forum A question and answer session will follow Bloche is a professor of law at Georgetown University a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and serves as an adjunct professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University Bloche is the author of books and book chapters about the privatization of health care reform racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care politics and race Hyman is a professor of health law and policy at the University of Illinois at Urbana

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/critical-issues-forum-focus-health-care-reform (2016-02-17)
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  • IGPA Experts ON THE ISSUES | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    are politically savvy the names on the ballot may be new to you Click here to read the essay and view a video with the author October 29 2012 A tale of two healthcare plans Why this election matters By Nicole Kazee The outcome of the 2012 presidential election will have major implications for the future of healthcare This year s candidates have laid out extraordinarily different policy visions How can you know which party best represents your views Click here to read the essay October 22 2012 Is it fair to tax income from capital gains at such a low rate By David Merriman Lower tax rates for investment income seem to violate the traditional value embodied in the U S tax system that tax rates should increase with income or should be progressive But regardless of the debate over the justice of tax rates there are good reasons to tax capital gains from long term investments differently than income from wages Click here to read the essay October 15 2012 How will Latino demographics impact the 2012 election By Jorge Chapa What is the likely impact of this Latino boom on the 2012 election On the campaign trail its importance has already been seen as the presidential candidates and parties work to court the Latino vote Why is it so coveted Click here to read the full essay October 8 2012 How do the candidates platorms on poverty compare By Elizabeth Powers More people are living in poverty now than in the past half century that records have been kept According to the Census Bureau the poverty rate was 15 percent in 2011 That means more than 46 million Americans are living at levels below the poverty threshold Click here to read the full essay September 28 2012 How do energy policies affect the environment By Don Fullerton Recent environmental policy debate has focused on whether to enact new policies such as a cap and trade system to control greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change The fact is however that we already have policies that affect such emissions whether we think of them this way or not Click here to read the full essay and view a video with the author September 24 2012 How can the state improve its budget situation By Richard Dye Fixing Illinois budget crisis begins with understanding just how much money comes in and how much money is spent in a given year Yet tracking the state s massive budget is much more difficult than it seems and is made harder still due to convoluted accounting practices For example the state s fiscal managers often shift costs to the future or move funds around to alter appearances Click here to read the entire essay September 17 2012 How can states implement better education reform By Rachel Gordon With the first Chicago teacher walkout in 25 years the city s public school system has been making national headlines as a starting

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/ontheissues (2016-02-17)
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  • Cedric Herring | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Study Centers Office of Public Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory Cedric Herring Professor of Sociology Faculty Member In Department of Sociology Expertise herring uic edu Biography Research Contact Information Cedric Herring is a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and in the Institute of Government and Public Affairs He also is a faculty associate at the Irving B Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago Professor Herring s areas of interest and expertise include social policy labor force issues and policies stratification and inequality and the sociology of black Americans Professor Herring participated in hearings before the state s advisory committee to the U S Commission on Civil Rights on the status of affirmative action in higher education After his and others testimony the commission recommended to President Clinton against weakening affirmative action requirements Professor Herring is also very interested in the international aspects of public policy In 2004 he was featured in a Chicago Defender article entitled Study Blacks Whites Differ on Foreign Policy He has also drafted a proposal to create The Leadership Exchange an international exchange program for opinion leaders in North America and Europe

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/person/cedric-herring (2016-02-17)
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  • Illinois Report 2012 - The Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    also an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago discusses seven important lessons the demographic data reveals Illinois is changing Hall writes and with change comes new opportunities and challenges During these tough economic times it is crucial that policy decisions recognize Illinois demographic reality Population growth in Illinois is stagnant Illinois ranked 41st among the 50 states in terms of population growth during the 2000s Illinois saw the largest growth in population among the very elderly 85 reflecting increased life expectancy The elderly population is expected to increase by 50 percent in the next 20 years This will strain state programs that support the elderly Illinois families types are changing The majority of Illinois children live in homes with married two parent families However non traditional family types including homes in which children are raised by unmarried parents straight or gay or other relatives are on the rise The state is becoming more diverse Latinos are the state s largest minority group In 2010 nearly 1 in 6 Illinoisans and more than 40 percent of minorities were Latino This growth is being fueled by fertility not just immigration As diversification occurs policymakers will need to

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/IR12/chap01.php (2016-02-17)
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  • Opinion Papers | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    challenges for the new governor Author s Geoffrey J D Hewings Governor Pat Quinn faces daunting problems as he settles into his new role in Illinois politics The real size of Illinois public sector deficit is uncertain Quinn s two immediate predecessors left huge future obligations Finding consensus regarding the priorities for addressing these issues has been difficult at best Three issues the governor should consider so that short run solutions do not compromise the longer term economic development are employment growth the role of exports and some major demographic challenges Library Opinion Papers Read more about Economic challenges for the new governor The Misleading Media Fixation on Primary Winners Author s Brian J Gaines Headlines declared Hillary Clinton s result in the New Hampshire primary a Stunning Victory John McCain enjoyed a very personal victory according to CNN And who won last week s Iowa caucuses A headline from the Jan 4 New York Times answered definitively Obama Takes Iowa in a big Turnout Huckabee Victor These framings are typical virtually all media coverage of the primaries and caucuses focuses on winners or victors What exactly did these candidates win Library Opinion Papers Read more about The Misleading Media Fixation on Primary Winners The Governor the Professor and the Illinois State Budget Author s J Fred Giertz IGPA economist J Fred Giertz says Gov Rod Blagojevich s budget proposals are illusionary strategies for solving real problems Giertz is professor of economics and a faculty member at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois He is also executive director of the National Tax Association This article first appeared in the May 5 edition of State Tax Notes Library Opinion Papers Read more about The Governor the Professor and the Illinois State Budget Can Caps on

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/category/library/opinion-papers (2016-02-17)
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  • IGPA Report Examines Strategy for Broad and Consistent Budget Reporting | 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 IGPA Report Examines Strategy for Broad and Consistent Budget Reporting The extreme and persistent Illinois budgetary crisis has made painfully evident the economic and human cost of inadequate fiscal planning While there are many roots to this crisis research by the IGPA Fiscal Futures Project shows that consistent and transparent budget accounting is essential to understanding and resolving Illinois long term fiscal woes In a July 2011 report titled Why Ignore Over Half of the Illinois State Budget Picture Consolidation of General and Special Fund Reporting IGPA experts highlight the difference between general funds and consolidated fund reporting and look at some policy options for more transparent budget reporting In order to have a comprehensive measure of the state budget that is consistently defined over time we constructed a consolidated funds budget that tracks 380 state funds instead of just the four more commonly reported general funds said Dr David Merriman IGPA Associate Director and an author of the report Read an overview of the report here Read the entire report here Attachment

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/content/igpa-report-examines-strategy-transparent-budgeting (2016-02-17)
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