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  • IGPA begins series of discussions on ethics and integrity in Illinois | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    discussions on ethics and integrity in Illinois What can be done to change what many view as Illinois culture of corruption While some progress has been made in recent years much remains to be done IGPA pledges to take a leadership role in fostering the conversations that must happen before significant and lasting solutions can be found We have begun this process with a convesation among three people who have a wealth of experience in Illinois politics Our discussion Ethics in Illinois Beyond Legislation was held on December 8th at the University of Illinois at Chicago It featured former Governor Jim Edgar an IGPA distinguished fellow Abner Mikva a former state legislator congressman White House counsel and federal judge and Andy Shaw a longtime political journalist who currently leads the Better Government Association in Illinois The panel was moderated by Brenda A Russell a former state official in Illinois who now works in the private sector Audio excerpts Listen to former Governor Jim Edgar discuss the need to focus attention on checks and balances in state government Listen to Judge Abner Mikva talk about the need for the private sector to play a significant role in improving the behavior of

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/media/ethics-dec82009 (2016-02-17)
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  • IGPA economist says federal prison would ease Illinois budget woes | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    money from selling the largely unused state lockup and the thousands of jobs that would follow would be good tonic for Illinois struggling economy but not a cure Obviously the money from the sale and jobs would not solve the state s fiscal problems but would be a small step in the right direction and an important stimulant for the area said Giertz who also compiles the Univeristy of Illinois Flash Index a monthly barometer on the state s economy A deal is being considered that would convert the Thomson prison into a U S run facility that would house Guantanamo Bay detainees and other federal inmates The move would bring more than 3 000 jobs to the financially strapped area along the Iowa border according to a new report by the president s Council of Economic Advisers Converting Thomson into a federal prison would create 840 to 910 temporary jobs while running the facility would net between 3 180 and 3 880 ongoing jobs over the first four years according to the White House report The job estimates are probably overly optimistic which is often the case in these types of projects but would be substantial nonetheless said Giertz the interim head of the U of I economics department Along with creating jobs a deal would get Illinois off the hook for its ill timed roughly 150 million investment in the 1 600 cell prison he said The state built the state of the art facility in 2001 but budget problems prevented it from fully opening and it now houses about 200 minimum security inmates But Giertz says the economic benefits of the Obama administration proposal face political and psychological challenges Republican lawmakers largely oppose the plan raising questions about the safety of housing terrorism suspects that have spawned

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/media/giertz-prison (2016-02-17)
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  • Listen to experts discuss the future of education at IGPA program | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    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 Listen to experts discuss the future of education at IGPA program A panel of education experts discusses the future of education in Illinois in the context of President Abraham Lincoln s vision for public education This panel which included former Governor Jim Edgar an IGPA distinguished fellow Judy Erwin executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education and Lincoln scholar O Vernon Burton was held on October 7 2009 as part of the University of Illinois observance of the bicentennial of Lincoln s birth Click the title to see audio links Listen to the entire program 46 7MB 1hour 43 minutes Introductory remarks by Chancellor Richard Herman 3 9MB 8 34 Introductory remarks by moderator Mary Kalantzis dean of the College of Education 1 6MB 3 30 Remarks by former Governor Jim Edgar 7 2MB 15 46 Remarks by Judy Erwin 5 9MB 12 50 Remarks by O Vernon Burton 8 7MB 19 03 Question and Answer session 15 4MB 33 39 Content Taxonomy Research Related Content Revenue spending at midpoint of FY16 Illinois

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/media/lincolns-illinois-today (2016-02-17)
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  • Answering the Big Questions About Health Care Reform | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    or in the form of employer mandates i e employers must provide health insurance The government would also have to provide some form of health insurance to the unemployed This leads to another essential question what role should the federal and state governments play Government can fufill one or more of the following functions insurance provider service provider regulator There could be a government insurance option for those who cannot obtain insurance thru their employer or a private insurance company If government were to provide insurance would this significantly affect the private insurance market Would this increase or decrease competition This is a debatable issue for which there is no certain answer What if the government becomes a service provider In the current debate this is often referred as the public option Government would finance and or administer health care options in the form of physicians hospitals clinics or a new organizational form Those who oppose the public option argue that it would decrease competition decrease quality and increase consumer dissatisfaction because individuals would not have the freedom to choose providers Another major criticism is that government would be permitted to ration care The image of a bureaucracy in which waiting lists and denials are the status quo engenders fear Yet many seem to forget that we currently ration care on the basis of individuals ability to pay One potential alternative is to establish a set of cooperatives fully administered by the private sector but regulated by government How would an increased regulatory role work In this role government would set standards that may include banning companies from limiting insurability through pre existing conditions requiring the use of electronic medical records rate control for the sale of prescription drugs specifying consistent reimbursement rates and changing the structure of Medicare and

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/media/rich-HealthReformAug2009 (2016-02-17)
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  • Fred Giertz discusses the July 2009 U of I Flash Index | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    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 Fred Giertz discusses the July 2009 U of I Flash Index Content Taxonomy Research Related Content Revenue spending at midpoint of FY16 Illinois economic slowdown is consistent with national trend State s economic growth

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/media/flash-july09 (2016-02-17)
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  • IGPA Director Bob Rich on health care reform | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Seminar 2014 Seminar 2013 Seminar 2012 Seminar 2011 Seminar 2010 Seminar 2009 Seminar Study Centers Office of Public Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory IGPA Director Bob Rich on health care reform IGPA Director Bob Rich talks about prospects for health care reform in an interview on WCIA TV s The Morning Show on July 9 2009 More about The Morning Show Content Taxonomy Research Related Content Revenue spending at midpoint

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/media/Rich-HealthReformJuly2009 (2016-02-17)
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  • Minimum Wages And Employment In Illinois | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Laboratory Minimum Wages And Employment In Illinois The latest edition of IGPA s Policy Forum looks at the impact of minimum wage policy in Illinois Illinois is among several states that has its own minimum wage which is higher than the federal minimum wage This Policy Forum written by economist Elizabeth Powers left presents evidence about the effect of Illinois recent series of minimum wage hikes on downstate fast food

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/media/policy-forum-minimumwage (2016-02-17)
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  • Fred Giertz discusses the slight improvement in the U of I Flash Index for May | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    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 Fred Giertz discusses the slight improvement in the U of I Flash Index for May Economist Fred Giertz discusses the May University of Illinois Flash Index Content Taxonomy Research Related Content Revenue spending at midpoint of FY16 Illinois economic slowdown is

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/media/flash-june09 (2016-02-17)
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