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  • Press Room | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Public Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory Press Room The Institute of Government and Public Affairs is always ready to help journalists in pursuit of careful analysis of crucial issues related to politics public finance the economy health care policy social policy and race and public policy Find an IGPA expert here For information about IGPA please refer to About or Frequently Asked Questions See IGPA News Releases Press Contacts Kelsey

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  • Welcome to the Chicago Area Study | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    of Public Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory Welcome to the Chicago Area Study Accepting applications for a new UIC Graduate Student Funding Opportunity Download the call for proposals here Please join us for an applicant information session to get all your questions answered about this summer funding opportunity Tuesday February 16 2016 from 12 00 1 00pm in 4011 BSB More information about this session available here The Chicago Area Study CAS is a biennial study that collects survey data on life in the Chicago metropolitan area Its purpose is to collect original social science data that inform policymaking and social science theory provide hands on methods training to students in survey research methods fund and seed UIC faculty research on pressing issues in the metro area These goals are accomplished through a year long program which funds the research project of a UIC faculty member who in turn directs a survey research methods practicum that trains students to conduct that faculty member s study Thus the Chicago Area Study provides both essential support for faculty research and hands on methods training for graduate students in the social sciences The Chicago Area Study s unique format offers exciting funding and training opportunities for UIC graduate students and faculty members in every college and discipline It also provides cutting edge original research about the Chicago area to scholars community based practitioners and public policy analysts To read about the 2012 CAS project and download the latest research briefs please visit the 2012 Chicago Area Study page To learn more about our programs please browse around Chicago Area Study Welcome to the Chicago Area Study Mission History People CAS Projects Program Structure For Faculty CAS Research Grants For Students CAS Methods Training Publications News Events Partners Contact Us The Latest from CAS

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  • Climate Change Initiative | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Economics Applications Laboratory Climate Change Initiative What does climate change mean for Illinois Initiative Snapshot Governments around the world are struggling to determine the optimal policy responses to climate change All regions including Illinois are subject to its varied global effects The Climate Change Policy Initiative led by University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign scholars Don Fullerton and Julian Reif seeks to understand how public policy can help protect Illinois residents from the effects of climate change effects that will include hotter summer temperatures increased levels of air pollution and increased numbers of droughts and floods for the state These changing weather patterns affect not only the health of the local population but also the costs and profitability of important state industries such as agriculture and energy The Climate Change Policy Initiative will evaluate forward looking public policies that can help protect Illinois s productivity health and future economic welfare The initiative s policy topics include the following a state carbon tax or cap and trade permit system to help control carbon dioxide emissions and replace other taxes gasoline excise taxes or tolls to reduce emissions relieve congestion and pay for roads energy production and regulation air quality regulation water

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  • Early Investments Initiative | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    and national calls for investments in early childhood such as the Early Learning Initiative outlined in President Obama s 2014 State of the Union Address and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel s Ready to Learn initiative In fact states have more than doubled their investment in pre K programs since 2002 This investment has been in response to evidence that early intervention can affect a student s experiences later in life for example decreasing the risk of teen pregnancy or criminal activity and increasing the chances they will attend college The Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois is launching a new Early Investments Initiative in Fall 2014 to help the state and its local cities school districts and communities as they build and leverage evidence to advance access to high quality early childhood experiences As part of the initiative IGPA will also help launch a new University of Illinois Early Investments Consortium of scholars and students from a range of departments and centers across the university s campuses in Chicago Springfield and Urbana Champaign The purpose of IGPA s Early Investments Initiative is to help policymakers and practitioners access understand and contribute to the latest evidence about programs and policies in early care and education For instance the considerable up front public investments in early childhood bank on evidence from a small number of model programs begun decades ago Recent meta analyses identify variability across a broader array of interventions not all of which have achieved the same magnitude of benefits It is also the case that states and localities have not always evaluated whether their recent investments are reaching their goals and the evaluations that have been conducted used a range of approaches with varying levels of scientific rigor The Early Investments Initiative will encourage

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  • The Fiscal Futures Project | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    of the budget picture at the midpoint of FY16 Fact Sheet Policy Brief Still in the Penalty Box The 53 Million Financial Condition Penalty on Illinois January 2016 bond sale January 19 2016 This report analyzes the state s January 14 2016 sale of general obligation bonds in light of the ongoing fiscal crisis in Ilinois Fact Sheet Policy Brief Improving Budgetary Practices in Illinois December 7 2015 This report finds that Illinois does not follow basic principles of sound budgeting recommended by fiscal experts and suggests ways that Illinois and other states can reform practices to avoid fiscal crises in the future Policy Brief All Bad Things Come in Threes Illinois Third Type of Deficit Infrastructure Funding September 2015 On top of a shortfall of sustainable revenue to support state spending and a huge backlog of unfunded pension liabilities Illinois faces a third type of deficit a lack of funding for future construction of infrastructure projects This report uses debt affordability analysis to estimate that even if Illinois maintains its currently high debt burden the state would need tens of billions of dollars in additional revenue to pay for needed infrastructure Policy Brief Fact Sheet Full Report Apocalypse Now The Consequences of Pay Later Budgeting in Illinois Updated Projections from IGPA s Fiscal Futures Model January 2015 For years Illinois has been spending much more than could be supported by sustainable sources of revenue and covering the deficit by issuing IOUs New projections from the Fiscal Futures model put the magnitude of the underlying deficit at 9 billion for FY 2016 and growing thereafter The accumulated value of all the IOUs issued to pay for past deficits now totals 159 billion These IOUs represent claims on the state that when paid off will crowd out spending on other priorities

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  • Illinois' economic slowdown is consistent with national trend | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    the case last month this is the lowest reading since March 2013 104 7 This slowdown is consistent with data showing a national slowing economy National GDP grew at a slow 0 7 percent rate in the fourth quarter of 2015 yielding an annual rate around 2 percent This marks a continuation of a slow recovery from recession in 2008 However according to J Fred Giertz who compiles the Flash for the Institute of Government and Public Affairs the current national slowdown does not signal a recession because the economy is not contracting It is still growing albeit at a slower rate State unemployment rose again this month to 5 7 percent This means the Illinois level is again diverging from the national rate that stands at 5 0 percent Sales tax receipts in real terms were little changed from the same month last year Comparisons for the individual income and corporate taxes between January 2015 and 2016 are problematic because of the reduction in the two rates in January 2015 Last January s tax receipts reflected a mixture of the two rates making meaningful comparisons difficult The Flash Index is a weighted average of Illinois growth rates in corporate

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  • The U of I Flash Index - History and Background | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    is the key to the U of I Flash Index It was designed expressly to provide quick reading of how the state s economy is doing Other commonly used measures such as gross state product industrial production personal income and retail sales are not available for 6 months to a year after the period they measure ends In contrast the Flash Index is compiled on the first business day of each month using data from the preceding month Data for the month from the Illinois Department of Revenue are used to provide estimates of economic activity in the state Individual income tax receipts reflect personal income corporate receipts are a surrogate for business profits and sales tax receipts measure retail sales The reported index is based on 12 months of data with a new month added and one dropped each month The index is constructed with the reading of 100 the dividing line between expansion and contraction Consequently the key focus of the index is not whether it is increasing or decreasing but whether and how much it is above or below the 100 level The tax data must be adjusted for changes in tax rates or changes in rules about the bases of the taxes An increase in tax receipts resulting from higher tax rates would not reflect true growth in the economy and would have to be appropriately adjusted Special issues also sometimes arise For example in 2000 Commonwealth Edison sold a coal fired power plant and paid an estimated 200 million to the state in capital gains taxes in March of that year This extraordinary payment did not reflect an increase in business profits from ongoing activities and thus had to be neutralized for purposes of the Flash Index While the Flash Index has only been in

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  • Flash Index Archive | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
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