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  • Special Publications | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    school districts and more than 4 200 public schools that spend 17 3 billion annually making it one of the largest enterprises in the state Library Special Publications Read more about The Illinois Report 2008 The Funding of K 12 Education in Illinois The Illinois Report 2008 Poverty and Inequality in Illinois Author s Elizabeth T Powers Emilie Bagby The poverty level in the United States has not changed significantly in quite a long time The poverty rate of 12 3 percent in 2006 differs little from 1996 s rate of 13 7 percent or 1986 s rate of 13 6 percent and is identical to 1975 s rate Library Special Publications Read more about The Illinois Report 2008 Poverty and Inequality in Illinois The Illinois Report 2008 Deficient Bridges in Illinois Author s Drake E Warren Though the status of major bridges in Illinois compares favorably to those in neighboring states Illinois nonetheless faces challenges in the form of increasing traffic on many bridges which were not designed for such high demand Library Special Publications Read more about The Illinois Report 2008 Deficient Bridges in Illinois The Illinois Report 2008 Illinois Energy Outlook The two major issues in Illinois energy use in 2007 are gasoline prices and the cost of electricity Library Special Publications Read more about The Illinois Report 2008 Illinois Energy Outlook The Illinois Report 2008 Health and Healthcare Author s Robert Kaestner Anthony T Lo Sasso Illinois is close in nearly all dimensions to the national average in terms of health and health care utilization Therefore the problems that are of concern to Illinois are similar to those in the rest of the country Library Special Publications Read more about The Illinois Report 2008 Health and Healthcare The Illinois Report 2008 The Illinois Economy Author s

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  • Special Publications | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    An Essay on the Constitutional Convention Question 2008 Author s Brian J Gaines The US Constitution is justifiably celebrated as a model of brevity and durability it has been amended only 27 times in two centuries No wonder it was crafted by giants including Madison Hamilton Franklin Washington and weighing in from afar Jefferson Such a concentration of talent comes about rarely indeed perhaps once a millennium Library Special Publications Read more about An Essay on the Constitutional Convention Question 2008 Will Illinois Hold a Constitutional Convention Author s Ann Lousin Ann Lousin a professor at the John Marshall Law School drafted Will Illinois Hold a Constitutional Convention in mid 2008 Lousin a researcher at the 1970 constiutional convention assisted in drafting nearly every article of the current Illinois Constitution The opinions expressed are her own The attached paper is printed here with her permission Library Special Publications Read more about Will Illinois Hold a Constitutional Convention Con Con Procedures and Process Author s Kent Redfield If the voters approve the call for a Constitutional Convention the next step would be to elect delegates and provide funding The Constitution specifies that two delegates will be elected from each of the 59 legislative districts 118 total Delegates must meet the same eligibility requirements as those for members of the General Assembly 21 years of age and 2 years of residence in the district The General Assembly would be required in the 2009 2010 session to pass a law which requires the Governor s signature which Library Special Publications Read more about Con Con Procedures and Process Legal Gambling in Illinois A Primer Author s Derek Persico Library Special Publications Read more about Legal Gambling in Illinois A Primer Listen to Government Insight with Rick Winkel Author s Richard J Winkel Government

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  • Special Publications | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Lugar Author s Richard G Lugar America s political leaders too often fall to the temptation to put politics ahead of careful study reflection and discipline in the decisions they make Sen Richard G Lugar said as he accepted the Paul H Douglas Ethics in Government Award from the University of Illinois during a Washington D C ceremony on April 8 2008 Library Special Publications Read more about 2007 Paul H Douglas Ethics in Government Award acceptance by Senator Richard G Lugar Senator Carl Levin Douglas Education Lecture Author s Carl Levin This is the audio presentation of Senator Carl Levin D Michigan recipient of the 2006 Paul H Douglas Ethics in Government Award presenting the annual Douglas Education Lecture on Monday Oct 1 2007 at the University of Illinois at Chicago Levin chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee spoke about the ongoing vigilance required to preserve honesty and openness in government The lecture and question answer session that followed lasts about about 40 minutes Library Special Publications Read more about Senator Carl Levin Douglas Education Lecture Property Taxation and Local Control in School Finance Reform This panel discussion considered whether the local property tax should be replaced by a statewide property tax to fund Illinois public schools while enhancing local control by delegating school boards certain home rule powers The panel examined legal economic and public policy issues implicated in a June 2007 law review article by Professor Laurie Reynolds Panelists included Reynolds U of I Economics Professor J Fred Giertz State Rep Roger Eddy R Hutsonville and moderator Rick Winkel IGPA Senior Fellow Library Special Publications Read more about Property Taxation and Local Control in School Finance Reform The Illinois Report 2007 Author s J Fred Giertz Geoffrey J D Hewings Cedric Herring Robert Kaestner Christopher T

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  • Special Publications | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    9 11 Library Special Publications Read more about Terrorism Forces Look Forward Accelerated Depreciation and State Revenues Author s Seth H Giertz For state governments across the country these are austere times States are facing some of the worst budget shortfalls in decades leaving legislators scrambling to bring revenues and expenditures into balance while not upsetting their constituencies In addition to changing economic conditions a recent federal change granting accelerated depreciation to business threatened to eat up additional state revenue Library Special Publications Read more about Accelerated Depreciation and State Revenues Airline Tra c and Urban Economic Development Author s Jan K Brueckner In a new study Jan K Brueckner an economist with the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs estimates that the expansion of O Hare airport would create 185 000 new service related jobs in the Chicago metropolitan area This estimate is based on the assumption which Brueckner calls conservative that the planned 100 percent increase in O Hare s capacity would raise traffic at the airport by 50 percent Library Special Publications Read more about Airline Tra c and Urban Economic Development A simple plan for solving Illinois budget crisis Author s J Fred Giertz According to IGPA economist J Fred Giertz the state s budget problems are the result of a combination of too much spending and unexpectedly low revenues A balanced response of substantial but not Draconian budget cuts along with a temporary infusion of revenue from a small temporary income tax increase can put the state back on track Library Special Publications Read more about A simple plan for solving Illinois budget crisis Trends in Food Safety Regulation and Their Impact on Trade Disputes Author s Donna Roberts Laurian Unnevehr Library Special Publications Read more about Trends in Food Safety Regulation

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  • Special Publications | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    indicators of child care availability that have been released by the U S Census Bureau over the last 15 years Library Special Publications Read more about Availability of Child Care in the United States a Description and Analysis of Data Sources Redistricting Illinois 2001 Author s Brian J Gaines Cedric Herring Jim Edgar In this report Redistricting Illinois 2001 a distinguished group of political experts look at the complex problem of redistricting from several angles Sam Gove an observer of Illinois politics for half a century offers a historical review Political scientist Brian Gaines a specialist in electoral institutions discusses the difficult issue of defining and pursuing fairness in redistricting Library Special Publications Read more about Redistricting Illinois 2001 Misinformation and the Currency of Democratic Citizenship Author s James Kuklinski Paul J Quirk Scholars have documented the deficiencies in political knowledge among American citizens Another problem misinformation has received less attention We present evidence of misinformation about welfare and show that this misinformation acts as an obstacle to educating the public with correct facts Moreover widespread misinformation can lead to collective preferences that are far different from those that would exist if people were correctly informed Library Special Publications Read more about Misinformation and the Currency of Democratic Citizenship IGPA Director s Statement on the Internet Politics and Public Policy Is the Internet changing politics and public policy Library Special Publications Read more about IGPA Director s Statement on the Internet Politics and Public Policy Scandal Time The Clinton Impeachment and the Distraction of American Politics Author s Paul J Quirk A book chapter to be published in Clyde Wilcox and Mark Rozell The Clinton Impeachment and the Future of American Politics Georgetown University Press Library Special Publications Read more about Scandal Time The Clinton Impeachment and the Distraction of

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  • Special Publications | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Laboratory Special Publications Illinois Structural Deficit Dilemma and Options Author s Susan Nixon What is a structural deficit How does it affect Illinois and how can we eliminate it These questions are addressed in this Soundings as IGPA professors J Fred Giertz and James D Nowlan illustrate the existence and magnitude of this deficit over the past ten years They examine growth rates for various revenue sources and expenditures to

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  • Pension Policy in Illinois: Panels | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Economics Applications Laboratory Video from the Urbana Champaign panel Panelists Dr Robert F Rich University of Illinois Director IGPA and Professor of Medicine Political Science and Law Dr David Merriman University of Illinois at Chicago Associate Director of IGPA Professor of Public Administration and Co Director of IGPA s Fiscal Futures Project Dr Darren Lubotsky University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Associate Professor of Economics and Labor and Employment Relations

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  • Proposed Pension Legislation Could Have Unintended Consequences | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Jan 18 2011 Although HB0149 s sponsors have never publicly explained its goals it seems clear that HB0149 is intended to greatly reduce public sector compensation and to provide a plan to dispose of unfunded pension liability in Illinois While there has not yet been much official legislative activity such as hearings or committee votes there have been increasingly intense rumors as well indications in the mass media that at least some legislative leaders are committed to major further action on public pensions in the 97 th general assembly Although the exact form the legislation might take is the subject of much speculation it now appears that the Illinois House Personnel and Pensions Committee will soon vote on SB0512 which will eventually be amended and take HB0149 as its foundation IGPA Associate Director and Professor Dr David Merriman an author of the IGPA Report on Pensions wrote an analysis of HB0149 as introduced The goal of this essay is to raise concern about some of the potential unintended consequences of HB0149 Given the limited time and data available the list of potential consequences discussed in the essay is neither exhaustive nor fully analyzed Merriman briefly discusses the possibility of Retirements

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