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  • Rachel A. Gordon | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Public Policy on Families Pre School After School Programs Social Policy Welfare Policy ragordon uic edu Biography Research Contact Information Gordon s research broadly aims to measure and model the contexts of children and families lives often using longitudinal data sets She has examined numerous contextual and social factors that affect children and families including the use of child care and preschool quality measures for high stakes policy purposes the health outcomes of child care and maternal employment the implications of teenagers looks for their social and academic achievement the association between community context and child well being the relationships between youth gang participation and delinquency the causes and consequences of grandmother co residential support for young mothers and the evaluation of an innovative job program for young couples Gordon is PI of a new grant from the Institute of Education Sciences R305A130118 titled Measuring Preschool Program Quality Multiple Aspects of the Validity of Two Widely Used Measures with co investigators Kerry Hofer and Sandra Wilson Vanderbilt and Everett Smith UIC The project examines two widely used measures of quality the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale Revised ECERS R and Classroom Assessment Scoring System CLASS including their structural validity dimensions

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  • Rachel A. Gordon | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    2015 Seminar 2014 Seminar 2013 Seminar 2012 Seminar 2011 Seminar 2010 Seminar 2009 Seminar Study Centers Office of Public Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory Rachel A Gordon Faculty Member In Department of Sociology Expertise Child Care Policy Early Childhood Education Impact of Public Policy on Families Pre School After School Programs Social Policy Welfare Policy ragordon uic edu Biography Research Contact Information Institute of Government and Public Affairs University of

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  • News | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Arlington Heights Feb 8 2016 Content Taxonomy News Read more about Director Chris Mooney compares budget less states of Illinois and Pennsylvania Economics expert Bob Kaestner says US employment trending better Submitted by jimpaul on January 29 2016 8 58am URL http news medill northwestern edu chicago u s jobless claims down trend expected to continue Twitter Description Source Medill News Service Jan 28 2016 Content Taxonomy News Read more about Economics expert Bob Kaestner says US employment trending better IGPA Experts weigh in on the State of the State address Submitted by jimpaul on January 28 2016 11 42am URL http will illinois edu news story gov bruce rauners 2016 state of the state address analysis and reaction Twitter Description Source Illinois Public Media Jan 27 2016 Content Taxonomy News Read more about IGPA Experts weigh in on the State of the State address Maria Krysan provides background in Wallet Hub s report on states that have achieved the most racial progress Submitted by Kelsey McCoy on January 25 2016 8 58am URL https wallethub com edu states with the most and least racial progress 18428 maria krysan Twitter Description Source Wallet Hub Content Taxonomy News Read more about Maria Krysan provides background in Wallet Hub s report on states that have achieved the most racial progress Visiting Scholar Martin Luby discusses Illinois financial condition penalty with WGN s Rick Pearson Submitted by jimpaul on January 19 2016 8 31am URL http wgnradio com 2016 01 17 why illinois is still in the penalty box Source WGN Radio Chicago Jan 17 2016 Content Taxonomy News Read more about Visiting Scholar Martin Luby discusses Illinois financial condition penalty with WGN s Rick Pearson Director Chris Mooney says the jury is still out after one year of Gov Rauner Submitted by

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  • J. Fred Giertz elected honorary member of the National Tax Association | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    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 J Fred Giertz elected honorary member of the National Tax Association J Fred Giertz Professor Emeritus of Economics and the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois was elected an honorary member of the National Tax Association NTA at the Annual Meeting in Boston in November The honor is awarded to NTA members who have rendered outstanding service to the association and is limited to ten living members Founded in 1907 NTA is the leading association of tax professionals from academia government and the private sector dedicated to advancing understanding of the theory and practice of public finance It is a nonpartisan nonpolitical educational association of 1 100 members that fosters study and discussion of complex and controversial issues in tax theory practice and policy and other aspects of public finance Giertz a longtime member served as executive director of NTA from 2000 until 2014 Related Content The Sunday Spin Director Mooney recaps POTUS visit to Springfield Jim Edgar to receive Champion of Democracy recognition

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/content/j-fred-giertz-elected-honorary-member-national-tax-association (2016-02-17)
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  • Flash Index reverses 3-month trend, climbs in November | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Illinois Flash Index reversed a three month trend in November and climbed to 106 1 The index measures economic activity in Illinois and shows that the state continues to slowly recover from the Great Recession which technically ended more than six years ago The increase to 106 1 reverses three straight months of decline which saw the index fall from 106 6 in August to 105 8 last month The decline indicated only a minor slowing of growth for those three months as an index of 100 marks the division between growth and shrinkage in the economy The U S economy remains strong in comparison with rest of the world said U of I economist J Fred Giertz who compiles the monthly index for the Institute of Government and Public Affairs While state and national unemployment remained stubbornly high for several years during the recovery rates have come down the last couple of years to pre recession levels For instance the Illinois rate was over 10 percent in 2011 and has fallen to 5 4 percent today The hope now is that wages will also begin to respond Giertz said There is no definitive way to isolate the impact on the economy of the continuing state budget impasse Giertz said The growth of Illinois economy has not changed markedly since the situation began in July At some point however deadlock will take its toll After adjustments for the new individual and corporate tax rates corporate and individual income tax receipts were up while sales tax revenues were down slightly in real terms from the same month last year The Flash Index is a weighted average of Illinois growth rates in corporate earnings consumer spending and personal income Tax receipts from corporate income personal income and retail sales are adjusted for

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/flash-index/2015/november-2015 (2016-02-17)
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  • IGPA's Lubotsky: Benefit cuts for private sector workers might not benefit taxpayers | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Seminar 2009 Seminar Study Centers Office of Public Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory IGPA s Lubotsky Benefit cuts for private sector workers might not benefit taxpayers Research published by IGPA expert Darren Lubotsky reveals that cutting benefits for teachers and other public workers might not translate into major savings for taxpayers Read the full article from UIC News about the research publised in December s Journal of Health Economics Related

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  • In Memoriam: Jorge Chapa | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    in 2011 after having served as the director of the Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society on the Urbana Champaign campus He had previously taught at the University of Texas at Austin and Indiana University While he received his PhD from the University of California Berkeley in Sociology Jorge considered himself a demographer with a policy bent He was widely published on the subjects of Latino policy issues and demographic trends and their political implications His seminal 2004 book on Latino immigration to the Midwest Apple Pie and Enchiladas coauthored with Ann V Millard on the University of Texas Press is the standard treatment of one of the most important political and demographic changes to the region in the past generation He was the author editor co author or co editor of 12 books along with publishing 15 refereed journal articles and 18 book chapters Jorge was also very much involved in the scholarship of public engagement writing for and speaking to a wide range of non academic audiences in Illinois and around the country In particular he worked on many voting rights court cases and spoke frequently about the use of data in these cases At IGPA Jorge contributed to the policy conversation in Illinois on these subjects in these past four years through public writing speaking to groups and working with state agencies and legislative groups This academic year he was the co principal investigator of the Race and Inequality Policy Initiative In this Initiative Jorge was working with the Illinois Board of Higher Education to assess and improve their tracking of members of racial and ethnic minority groups in undergraduate and graduate education in the state s colleges and universities He was also involved at the campus level in initiatives to improve the representation and success

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/content/memoriam-jorge-chapa (2016-02-17)
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  • Two IGPA experts published in Health Affairs this month | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    2013 Seminar 2012 Seminar 2011 Seminar 2010 Seminar 2009 Seminar Study Centers Office of Public Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory Two IGPA experts published in Health Affairs this month Two IGPA health economists were featured in the leading health policy journal Health Affairs in September Anthony T Lo Sasso s article Health Savings Accounts Growth Concentrated Among High Income Households And Large Employers takes a detailed look at the ten fold increase in health savings accounts HSAs at employers in the U S between 2005 and 2012 Lo Sasso and colleagues found that of those who opened HSAs those who had a higher income and those who were older tended to fully fund their accounts four times more than younger lower income employees Read more at Health Affairs Robert Kaestner s work on prescription drugs was also published The article Increased Use of Prescription Drugs Reduces Medical Costs in Medicaid Populations examines how changes in prescription drug use affect total Medicaid spending including nondrug inpatient outpatient and other care The researchers found that increased prescription drug use was related to decreased spending for the populations studied Read more at Health Affairs Related Content The Sunday Spin Director Mooney recaps POTUS

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