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    index remains in the 106 107 range it has occupied since February of this year Cap and Trade Could Cut Illinois Deficit by One Third and Satisfy U S Clean Power Plan Mandate The U S Clean Power Plan will become an executive order in June 2015 requiring states to reduce carbon emissions starting in 2020 by an average of 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 The mandate allows states to decide how to reach this target Illinois has the opportunity to implement a cap and trade program that would both satisfy the mandate and raise funds that could be used to offset the projected budget deficit by one third Flash Index up again in October but only slightly The U of I Flash Index continued to creep upward in October rising to 106 5 from its 106 3 level in September This is the highest level since March but below the post recession peak of 107 2 that occurred in January of this year Illinois sees greater decrease in uninsured population than rest of nation most surrounding states in first year of ACA implementation The proportion of non elderly i e 64 or younger Illinoisans without health insurance decreased by 2 6 percentage points from 15 7 percent to 13 1 percent The decrease in the uninsured was particularly large for low educated Illinoisans and young adults Flash Index remains in narrow one point range for eighth month Growth finally having effect on unemployment The U of I Flash Index rose in September to 106 3 from its 106 0 level in August remaining in the narrow range 106 0 106 8 it has hovered between over the past eight months Readings above 100 mean that the economy is growing Flash Index dips slightly in August The U

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    high of 107 2 in January Flash Index shows slow down in economic growth after acceleration in last half of 2013 The Flash Index fell in March to 106 5 from its 106 8 level in February This is the second month of decline for the index which stood at 107 2 in January The lower readings suggest a somewhat slower rate of growth for the state However the Illinois economy is still expanding any reading over 100 indicates growth The index has remained in a narrow range from 106 3 to 107 2 the last ten months see archive here Martin Luby on the municipal bond market New study examines how Chicago childcare centers and preschools are funded how they weather funding disruptions A new Preschool Policy Forum published by the Institute of Government and Public Affairs today documents the many funding sources for Chicago area childcare centers and preschools as well as the frequency and impact of funding disruptions between 2011 and 2012 Click here to read the full report PDF Illinois pays additional penalty in bond market for bad fiscal reputation New analysis by the Fiscal Futures Project found that Illinois pays millions each year in the bond market for its poor fiscal reputation Click here to read the full report PDF U of I Flash Index dips slightly in February Blame it on the weather and slow economic growth The U of I Flash Index fell in February to 106 8 from its 107 2 level in January The index has remained in a narrow range from 106 5 to 107 2 since July of last year demonstrating how slow the recovery from the recession has been in Illinois Flash Index continues slow upward climb The Flash Index increased in January to 107 2 from its

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    Strong increase in U of I Flash Index signals economic growth but unemployment remains unchanged The Flash Index registered a strong increase in September rising to 107 0 from its 106 5 level last month This is a new post recession high and the highest level since April 2007 when the index stood at 107 4 The reading is well above 100 the dividing line between growth and decline U of I Flash Index holds steady economic growth in Illinois crawling IGPA s Flash Index for August shows that economic growth in Illinois is continuing but that the pace of that growth has slowed to a crawl The Flash Index remained at 106 5 in August the same level as the previous month Another strong month for the Flash Index signals economic expansion but unemployment continues to lag The U of I Flash Index has registered a strong performance for the past four months in a row and continued this trend in July rising to 106 5 from its 106 3 level in June The index has increased steadily to its current level from 104 7 in April and is now at its highest level in six years Its most recent high was in July 2007 at 106 7 Illinois economy ends first half of 2013 on a strong note The Flash Index rose in June to 106 3 from its 105 9 reading in May ending the first half of 2013 on a strong note The index again reached a higher level than before the 2007 2009 recession almost reaching the most recent high which occurred six years ago in June 2007 Flash Index up slightly in May Unemployment continues to impede growth After climbing by more than a full point in April the University of Illinois Flash Index

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    9 from its 104 6 level last month This is the highest level in almost five and a half years The last time the index saw this level was in August 2007 several months before the Great Recession began U of I Flash Index closes 2012 on a strong note The U of I Flash Index closed 2012 on a strong note rising to 104 6 in December from its 103 9 level last month This is the highest level since the beginning of the recession in September 2007 The index posted sustained gains in 2012 which began at 98 8 in January and closed at 104 6 Flash Index leveled off in November The Flash Index for November leveled off to 103 9 almost the same as the 104 0 reading the previous month After posting a strong increase in October and modest gains for several months prior the November index continues to reflect a painfully slow economic recovery Flash Index posts strong increase corresponds with drop in Illinois state wide unemployment The U of I Flash Index for October increased to 104 0 from its 103 2 level in September This strong gain brings the index to its highest level since February 2008 see the full archive here Flash Index shows slow recovery corresponds with national growth rate The Flash Index for September increased slightly to 103 2 from its 102 9 level in August This continues the pattern of slow steady growth over the last year Flash Index remains unchanged indicating continued slow growth The U of I Flash Index remained unchanged in August holding tight at 102 9 The index has been in the current narrow range for the last three months after steadily increasing for two years Flash Index moves upward but still too slow

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    from 9 1 percent in February to 8 8 percent in March said economist J Fred Giertz who compiles the Flash Index for the Institute of Government and Public Affairs Flash Index breaks 100 First sign of economic growth since 2008 The Flash Index for March increased to 101 0 from its 99 2 level last month The Flash Index indicates whether the Illinois economy is expanding or contracting A reading at or above 100 signifies economic growth The index has been below 100 for the past three and a half years reflecting a slow or stagnant economic recovery The March results are the highest since September 2008 signifying a positive trend for the Illinois economy Economy is on Positive But Slow Track to Recovery The University of Illinois Flash Index increased to 99 2 in February a new post recession high The results are the highest reading since November 2008 when the index declined to 100 the dividing line between economic expansion and contraction The increase comes after a slight dip in January when the Flash was 98 8 a few points lower than months past Flash Index dips slightly in January February 1 2012 After two consecutive months of gains the University of Illinois Flash Index dipped slightly in January to 98 8 reflecting the continued sluggish pace of recovery in Illinois IGPA Researchers Find Way Out of Deficit But Policies May be Too Tough for Struggling State to Handle Despite a large income tax increase implemented a year ago economists remain skeptical that the long term structural deficit issue will be resolved though current policies New projections by IGPA experts found that a combination of tough policies could bring the state into fiscal balance by the end of the decade Flash Index Reaches Post Recession High in

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    in economic recovery indicates that a double dip recession may be unlikely according to IGPA s Flash Index The University of Illinois Flash Index moved up an entire point to 97 8 in June a substantial improvement from its May reading and continuing a string of consecutive monthly improvement that began in May 2010 IGPA releases computer generated legislative district map As the Illinois General Assembly considers re drawing legislative district boundaries that will be used for elections in the coming decade IGPA has been investigating alternatives that could provide a more transparent and equitable map The resulting computer generated map shows that district boundaries can be more compact while increasing representation of minority populations in the state Flash Index improves to 96 6 in April A key indicator of economic activity in Illinois continues to show slow but steady improvement in the state The University of Illinois Flash Index climbed to 96 6 in April up three tenths of a point from the previous month U of I Flash Index continues steady improvement Climbs to 96 1 in February The Illinois economy continues to recover from recession but the pace of that recovery remains painstakingly slow as measured by the University of Illinois Flash Index U of I Flash Index jumps one full point in January to 95 9 The Illinois economy remains in a state of decline according to a key monthly indicator but the outlook for recovery is growing brighter Policy Forum Picking the President by Popular Plurality Prospects and Partisan Politics Post mortems on the 2010 midterm election have quickly segued into forecasts about the 2012 presidential election Topics under discussion include how durable and cohesive the new Republican House majority will prove to be who should be regarded as front runners for the Republican nomination

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    Drug Insurance The first edition of IGPA s Policy Forum for 2010 2011 explores whether prescription drug use which has increased due to Medicare Part D is associated with decreased use of other health care services and or the ultimate goal improved health Read Policy Forum Vol 23 No 1 Fiscal Fallout 2 How Does Illinois Budget Deficit Measure Up IGPA s Fiscal Futures Project has published the second in its ongoing series of informational features that describe findings from its study of the Illinois state budget The latest feature builds upon information provided in the first and looks at the state s budget shortfall over a period of years Read Fiscal Fallout 2 IGPA Seminar Series announced for 2010 2011 IGPA regularly brings to University of Illinois campuses experts in health policy health economics and social policy through two acclaimed seminar series IGPA on C SPAN Four former governors discuss role of political scientists Four former governors Madeleine Kunin Jim Edgar Robert Taft and Parris Glendening spoke to political scientists from around the country who gathered for a conference in Springfield The event was video recorded and was made available to C SPAN for nationwide cablecast Watch the C SPAN program Watch the full unedited program Policy Forum Health Reform What Next for State Governments States will soon find themselves faced with implementing new health care reform measures passed this spring What will states control How will the reform affect state budgets And how will state responses diverge in the coming years IGPA political scientist Nicole Kazee examines these questions in the latest edition of Policy Forum Read the full issue Policy Forum Why Are Property Taxes So Unpopular For local governments the property tax has long been a reliable source of significant levels of revenue Yet perhaps more

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    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 Research Family Impact Seminar Family Impact Seminar Pages first previous 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Search the web Search

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