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  • Flash Index: Illinois economic growth slows for sixth consecutive month | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    in December for the sixth straight month But the index still indicates the state s economy is growing The pace of economic growth in Illinois slowed in December for the sixth consecutive month but the state s economy remains positive despite talk of a possible recession according to the University of Illinois Flash Index The index slid to 103 6 in December down from 103 9 the previous month The Flash Index is now 3 8 points lower than the nine year high of 107 4 that was reached in April 2007 and has declined in seven of the last eight months However given the talk of a possible recession the December index can be considered mildly encouraging said J Fred Giertz the economist in the University s Institute of Government and Public Affairs who compiles the Flash Index The results suggest that the economy is slowing but not declining he said The December results are consistent with a soft landing as opposed to a recession The December result remains well above the index reading of 100 which marks the division between growth and decline The Flash Index has remained in the above 100 growth territory since April 2004 Despite talk of bleak holiday sales Illinois sales tax receipts were up 9 percent in real terms compared to the same month last year Giertz said It may be that retailers consistently overestimate holiday sales prior to the season since almost every year is reported as falling short of expectations he said Income tax receipts were down slightly in real terms while corporate receipts were up for the month compared to December of 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

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/flash-index-dec2007 (2016-02-17)
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  • IGPA to explore health policy positions of presidential contenders | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    that even young voters those between 18 and 30 consider health care to be the second most important issue confronting the nation The candidates have invested heavily into developing strategies for coping with the health care issue Are these plans realistic What do they mean for people The Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois has assembled four experts on health care policy to explore and analyze the candidates various proposals The discussion held in cooperation with the Public Affairs Committee of the Union League Club of Chicago will be Monday Jan 28 at the Union League Club 65 W Jackson Blvd in Chicago The evening begins with a dinner at 5 15 p m With more than 47 5 million Americans without health insurance and health care costs projected to comprise 20 percent of Gross Domestic Product by 2016 access to health care services and health care reform are very important domestic policy issues said Robert F Rich director of IGPA and a specialist in health care policy With this forum we hope to examine these issues and assess the prospects for meaningful reform The experts include Thomas Miller resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and John Holahan the director of the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute They will be joined by Dr Rich who also is a professor of law and medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and by Robert Kaestner professor of health economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a member of the IGPA faculty Joel Weisman host and senior editor of Chicago Tonight The Week in Review on WTTW TV will moderate the discussion We are delighted to join with IGPA to present this timely program said Brenda A

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/igpa-explore-health-policy-positions-presidential-contenders (2016-02-17)
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  • New research indicates big delegate leads for Clinton and Giuliani | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Regional Economics Applications Laboratory New research indicates big delegate leads for Clinton and Giuliani An analysis of poll data indicates that Hillary Clinton and Rudolph Giuliani would have substantial leads in convention delegates for their respective parties if the party caucuses and primary elections were held today The analysis which was conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs uses poll data and formulas designed to approximate the complicated rules by which delegates are assigned to candidates after primary voting Poll results for all states voting on or before Feb 5 2008 commonly known as Super Tuesday were analyzed in this study Our intent is to give voters a truer sense of how their votes likely will translate into delegates going to the national conventions said Michael R Cheney a Senior Fellow at IGPA who developed the research with U of I graduate student Peter Weitzel Voters see national polls and state by state polls with the early primary states getting the most publicity but what they don t see is how these polls translate into delegate strength Cheney said The rules in each state create a delegate count that may have little correlation to these other polls Cheney s and Weitzel s model projects that of the 2 415 Democratic delegates up for grabs through Super Tuesday Senator Clinton will secure 1 477 delegates or more than 61 percent of the total Barack Obama is in second place with a projected 742 delegates On the Republican side 1 294 delegates are up for grabs through Super Tuesday and Giuliani is currently projected to secure 740 delegates or about 57 percent Mike Huckabee who is surging in the state and national polls is in second place with a projected 357 delegates The projections were

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/new-research-indicates-big-delegate-leads-clinton-and-giuliani (2016-02-17)
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  • Smoking ban has stirred strong passions, but will soon fade, expert says | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    law kicks in Jan 1 making bars restaurants offices and other public places smoke free said Hays of the Center for Prevention Research and Development in the university s Institute of Government and Public Affairs It becomes part of the culture so fast said Hays a political scientist who studies laws regulating alcohol and tobacco In a year we Illinois people are going to be absolute snobs when we go out of state where it s not smoke free Years from now people will scratch their heads and wonder why we didn t do it sooner Hays says he questioned whether the marketplace not government should regulate indoor smoking when he first began looking into the issue in 1998 He was later swayed by medical research on the hazards of second hand smoke that he says outweigh both smokers rights and the risk of government stepping too far into the operation of private businesses You ve completely and utterly eliminated second hand smoke just by saying Don t smoke inside It doesn t require a hazardous materials crew to come in and scrape off the asbestos You ve got a serious problem and an easy solution You don t often find that kind of match said Hays who led a group that lobbied for smoke free ordinances that took effect earlier this year in Champaign and Urbana Hays discounts surveys that argue smoking bans slash business by up to 40 percent at bar and restaurants saying a review of sales tax data shows revenues held steady or increased after bans were enacted in Champaign Springfield and other cities Smokers aren t going to leave permanently if your establishment has anything else to offer darts karaoke They re really going to just sit in their garage They might do it for

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/smoking-ban-has-stirred-strong-passions-will-soon-fade-expert-says (2016-02-17)
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  • Flash Index continues downward trend in November | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    territory allaying fears of a possible recession according to the latest University of Illinois Flash Index The Flash Index which is the earliest barometer of the Illinois economy each month declined slightly in November to 103 9 from 104 1 in October November marked the fifth straight month of decline for the Flash Index and it has fallen in seven of the eight months since reaching its highest post 2001 recession reading of 107 4 in April But even though it declined again the November Flash Index brings relatively good news given current fears about a recession said J Fred Giertz the economist at the University s Institute of Government and Public Affairs who compiles the index The November index remains well above 100 its dividing point between growth and decline Recent reports on the economy have been ambiguous with many dwelling on the economic problems resulting from the sub prime mortgage crisis that has impacted the housing and financial markets Giertz said On the other hand economic growth for the third quarter of this year was remarkably strong Sales tax and corporate tax receipts were down in real terms for a second straight month compared to the same month in 2006 while individual income tax receipts increased Giertz said 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 inflation before growth rates are calculated The growth rate for each component is then calculated for the 12 month period using data through Nov 30 2007 The Flash Index is produced by the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois IGPA helps to improve public policies and the performance of government by disseminating research

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/flash-index-continues-downward-trend-november (2016-02-17)
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  • The Latest From IGPA | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    April 7 at a ceremony in Washington D C Flash Index of Illinois economy rises for second straight month URBANA Illinois economy continues to grow despite fears of a national recession according to the latest University of Illinois Flash Index The index which is the first barometer of the condition of the state s economy each month rose in February for a second consecutive month The Illinois Report 2008 explores issues raised by Gov Blagojevich s budget message Proposals made by Gov Rod Blagojevich in his budget message to the Illinois General Assembly are among those examined in The Illinois Report 2008 New delegate count analysis indicates superdelegates hold the key to the Democratic nomination Analysis by IGPA researchers of primary and caucus voting and public opinion polls indicates the race for the Democratic nomination for president could go all the way to the convention in Denver Conference to look at impact of aging population on state and local budgets IGPA will sponsor a half day conference on Feb 22 to look at the looming impact of changing demographics on the budgets of state and local governments IGPA Affiliate Jeffrey Brown nominated by President Bush for Social Security and Medicare Jeffrey Brown an IGPA faculty affiliate and professor of finance at the U of I will be nominated by President Bush to serve as a trustee for the nation s Social Security and Medicare programs Pat Quinn Dawn Clark Netsch to debate Constitutional Convention question Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn and former state Comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch will discuss the constitutional convention question at a Policy Luncheon in Springfield on Wednesday March 5 U of I Flash Index breaks six month slide The University of Illinois Flash Index the first barometer of the Illinois economy each month broke a six month

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/igpa-latest?page=66 (2016-02-17)
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  • The Latest From IGPA | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Regional Economics Applications Laboratory The Latest From IGPA Excerpt from Higher Education Summit An excerpt from U of I President B Joseph White s closing comments to the Higher Education Summit held on June 24 2008 in Chicago Higher Education Summit Giertz Conference Room dedicated at Urbana IGPA In recognition of a generous gift and support from longtime faculty member J Fred Giertz IGPA has dedicated the conference room in its Urbana office building in his name 2007 Douglas Education Lecture Sen Carl Levin D Mich Sen Carl Levin D Mich recipient of the 2006 Paul H Douglas Ethics in Government Award delivers the 2007 Douglas Education Lecture system files audio special CarlLevinLecture100107 MP3 2007 Douglas Ethics Award Presentation U of I President B Joseph White introduces the 2007 Paul H Douglas Ethics in Government Award recipient Sen Richard G Lugar R Ind at a U S Capitol ceremony in April 2008 system files audio special 2007DouglasWhiteIntro mp3 Government Insight Oct 2 2007 system files audio governmentinsight GovernmentInsight100207 mp3 Government Insight Oct 9 2007 system files audio governmentinsight GovernmentInsight100907 mp3 Government Insight Oct 15 2007 system files audio governmentinsight GovernmentInsight101507 mp3 Government Insight Oct 23 2007 system files audio governmentinsight

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