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  • Library | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    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 The Illinois Report 2008 Deficient Bridges in Illinois 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 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 The Illinois Report 2008 Health and Healthcare 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 The Illinois Report 2008 The Illinois Economy Although the structure of the Illinois economy often mirrors or parallels the economy of the nation Illinois often experiences the business cycle a little out of phase with the rest of the country Nevertheless rising oil prices the sub prime mortgage rate crisis and rising unemployment rates all create uncertainty for both the nation and the economy of the state of Illinois The Illinois Report 2008 Illinois Fiscal Future Any state s fiscal plan must answer two basic questions What should the state spend And how should the state raise the revenue necessary to support this spending Fundamentally spending for state services ought to be determined by comparing the benefit from the spending to the cost of raising the necessary revenue On the spending side states ought to use whatever revenue raising vehicle imposes the least

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  • Library | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    a simple framework that can be used discuss the rationale for alternative policies to aid homeowners during periods of both appreciation and depreciation Policy Forum 21 1 Wall Street Weakly or How and When Obama Won the Presidential Race At least as far back as spring 2007 some observers regarded the 2008 presidential election as a foregone conclusion With President Bush s approval rating hovering around 35 percent and large majorities of the public unhappy about the situation in Iraq anything but a booming economy would make the Democratic nominee s job an easy one So ran conventional wisdom The Impact of the University of Illinois on the Economy of Our State 2009 The University of Illinois serves nearly 70 000 students at three campuses and two satellite medical campuses employs more than 30 000 faculty staff and graduate assistants and operates with an annual budget of more than 4 billion The State of Illinois investment in the University is substantial This report examines the benefits of the University to the state Beyond Health Insurance IGPA faculty members Robert Kaestner Lorens Helmchen and Anthony T Lo Sasso have compiled information from IGPA s 2007 conference Beyond Health Insurance Public Policy to Improve Health into a book which has been published by Emerald Books Read the information sheet Conference Highlights 2007 Beyond Health Insurance Conference The Institute of Government and Public Affairs and the College of Medicine of the University of Illinois sponsored a conference entitled Beyond Health Insurance Public Policy to Improve Health in November 2007 An Essay on the Constitutional Convention Question 2008 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

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  • Library | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    ignored issue of the determinants of the educational attainment of adults by immigrant generation Using Current Population Survey CPS data differences in educational attainment are analyzed by immigrant generation first second and higher order generations and among the foreign born by country of birth and age at immigration Second generation American adults have the highest level of schooling exceeding that of the foreign born and of the native born with native born parents Legal Gambling in Illinois A Primer Listen to Government Insight with Rick Winkel Government Insight is a weekly radio program hosted by IGPA Senior Fellow Rick Winkel The 3 minute program looks looks at who gets what when and how in politics and government and features guests from who evaluate and analyze those themes Government Insight airs at 7 55 a m on Saturdays on WDWS AM 1400 in Champaign Urbana Listen to the Sept 6 program with guest Professor Kent Redfield discussing the amendatory veto of an ethics bill passed by the state legislature Douglas Award Presentation 2006 Audio of the Douglas Award presentation to Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton co chairs of the 9 11 Commission Illinois Higher Education Building the Economy Shaping Society This study commissioned by the Illinois Board of Higher Education describes the impact that the state s colleges and universities have on the people and the economy of Illinois It calculates the monetary outcomes in terms of increased lifetime earnings an extra 600 000 to each student earning a bachelor s degree and a 55 billion gain to all students in one year It also shows that each year spending by higher education institutions generates nearly 28 billion of economic activity and 351 000 jobs in Illinois Reforming Campaign Finance in Illinois Issues and Prospects Illinois has the least regulated campaign

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  • Library | 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 Library Search IGPA s Library Economic Effects of the 7 Assessment Cap in Cook County Who are the SSI child beneficiaries This article examines the characteristics of recipients of childhood Supplemental Security Income SSI using a combination of public use and administrative data From the early 1980s through the late 1990s major changes in disability related eligibility standards along with welfare reforms affecting SSI and cash assistance have altered the characteristics of child recipients The SSI and AFDC TANF child and family caseloads have converged with regard to demographic factors and multiple program use 2008 Annual Report Read the 2007 2008 IGPA Annual Report pdf 2001 Annual Report Read the 2000 2001 IGPA Annual Report pdf 2007 Annual Report Read the 2006 2007 IGPA Annual Report pdf 2005 Annual Report Read the 2004 2005 IGPA Annual Report pdf 2004 Annual Report Read the 2003 2004 IGPA Annual Report pdf 2003 Annual Report Read the 2002 2003 IGPA Annual Report pdf 2002 Annual Report Read the 2001 2002 IGPA Annual Report pdf

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    boomers are aging which means large projected increases in benefit payments Policy makers and researchers are investigating proposals to reform Social Security One suggestion is to convert Social Security from a universal entitlement program to a means tested program This would provide benefits only to those who lack sufficient assets Consequences of Means Testing Social Security Evidence from the SSI Program Baby boomers are aging which means large projected increases in benefit payments Policy makers and researchers are investigating proposals to reform Social Security One suggestion is to convert Social Security from a universal entitlement program to a means tested program This would provide benefits only to those who lack sufficient assets Fiscal Federalism and Capital Accummulation This paper explores the effect of fiscal federalism on the incentive to save Fiscal federalism corresponds to the institutional structure in the U S where most public goods and services are provided at the local level With local provision there is a variety of public goods and services available across different communities Economists think that this leads to consumers to vote with their feet picking a community to match their desired level of public spending The question is what effect does voting with one s feet have on saving Policy Forum 11 1 The New Pattern of Power in Illinois Effective Government Deadlock or Tyranny This Policy Forum asks if Illinois state government is caught in a deadlock which results in a centralization of power within the legislature most of the power ending up in the hands of the governor and four legislative party leaders The author presents possible consequences of centralized bargaining Illinois Structural Deficit Dilemma and Options What is a structural deficit How does it affect Illinois and how can we eliminate it These questions are addressed in this Soundings as

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  • IGPA researchers receive award from Social Service Review journal | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    2012 Seminar 2011 Seminar 2010 Seminar 2009 Seminar Study Centers Office of Public Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory IGPA researchers receive award from Social Service Review journal IGPA researchers Rachel Gordon left and Robert Kaestner right along with graduate assistant Kristin Abner have received the Frank R Breul Memorial Prize given for the article judged to be best of the year by the journal Social Service Review The article The Child and Adult Care Food Program Who is Served and Why appeared in the September 2011 issue of the journal which is published by the University of Chicago Press Gordon Kaestner and Abner published a synopsis of the research in IGPA s Policy Forum in March 2012 Click here to read the issue Co author Sanders Korenman a professor in the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College City University of New York is included in the award recognition The Breul Memorial Prize was established by the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago to honor Breul s career as an educator administrator and editor of Social Service Review It has been awarded annually since 2004 Published June 4 2012 Related Content The Sunday Spin Director Mooney

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  • Don't Bank on It: Discrimination in Business Credit Markets | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    2014 Seminar 2013 Seminar 2012 Seminar 2011 Seminar 2010 Seminar 2009 Seminar Study Centers Office of Public Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory Don t Bank on It Discrimination in Business Credit Markets In the latest issue of IGPA s Policy Forum scholars Cedric Herring and Loren Henderson examine Chicago s Minority and Women s Business Enterprise Program and discrimination in business credit markets In today s difficult economic climate small businesses are experiencing many challenges in securing credit to fund their operations Most lenders are conservative in granting business loans Yet minority and women business owners may face additional hurdles Herring and Henderson s research discussed in Policy Forum found that despite protections against unlawful discrimination under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act women and minority applicants are more likely than other applicants to be denied loans or receive less favorable terms due to their race and or gender How much are lenders decisions influenced by racial and gender related factors that go beyond borrowers creditworthiness What effect does this have on business startups ability to secure credit lines How can Illinois combat this discrimination Click here to read Policy Forum PDF Library Policy Forum Related Content Revenue spending at midpoint

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  • Policy Forum: Green Taxes: Potential Revenue for Illinois? | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    2011 Seminar 2010 Seminar 2009 Seminar Study Centers Office of Public Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory Policy Forum Green Taxes Potential Revenue for Illinois Author s Don Fullerton Daniel Karney In general green taxes are taxes either directly on pollution emissions or on goods whose use causes pollution In the revenue raising context the basic argument for green taxes can be summarized by the adage tax waste not work Taxes on labor income discourage workers from engaging in productive activities and thus hurt society Taxing waste by contrast discourages harmful pollution and thus benefits society In addition the revenue raised from these green taxes can help mitigate the state s fiscal crisis While many green taxes could be implemented the authors of this issue of Policy Forum focus on four specific examples that have the potential to raise large amounts of revenue carbon pricing gasoline taxes trucking tolls and garbage fees Indeed a reasonable set of tax rates on these four items could generate as much revenue as the income tax increase That is imposing green taxes could completely fill the 3 8 billion difference between the projected baseline deficit 10 9 billion and the post tax deficit 7 1

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