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Extension offers webinars on state’s budget crisis

Published: Friday, May 9, 2014 12:34 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, May 9, 2014 12:39 p.m. CDT

University of Illinois Extension is offering a no cost webinar series which is a part of the Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox. These webinars will provide an opportunity to talk with policy experts. Illinois is in a fiscal crisis with no easy solutions. Many tools will be needed to fix the problem, according to policy experts.

The Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox is a virtual resource center providing papers that assess policy options and frame the issues surrounding Illinois’ precarious budget situation. Using high quality academic scholarship, leading policy experts from the University of Illinois provide a nonpartisan overview of the state’s fiscal situation and evaluate the pros and cons of a variety of revenue and spending options.

The University of Illinois Extension Local Government Information and Education Network, in partnership with the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA), will present an opportunity to learn more about this project and interact with the scholars through a series of upcoming webinars.

The webinars will be offered on the second Tuesday of the month beginning at noon. Session topics and speakers include:

May 13 -

Toolbox Fundamentals

About the Toolbox Project; Christopher Z. Mooney, director of IGPA; Overview of the Economic Situation; David Merriman, UIC, Public Administration; The “Do Nothing” Option; J. Fred Giertz, UIUC, Economics; and Making the 2011 Tax Increase Permanent; Richard F. Dye, UIC, The Fiscal Futures Project

June 10 -

Tools to Address Revenue

About the Toolbox Project; Christopher Z. Mooney, director of IGPA; Increasing Sin Taxes; Julian Reif and John Schneider, UIUC, Economics; Business Tax Options; David Merriman, UIC, Public Administration; and Sales Tax Options; J. Fred Giertz, UIUC, Economics.

Aug. 12 -

Tools to

Address Spending

About the Toolbox Project; Christopher Z. Mooney, director of IGPA; Bending the Curve; Richard Winkel, Director of IGPA Office of Public Leadership; Waste and Abuse in Human Affairs Spending; Elizabeth Powers, UIUC, Economics; Health Spending; Anthony Lo Sasso, UIC, Health Policy and Administration; and Better Fiscal Planning; Nancy Hudspeth, UIC, The Fiscal Futures Project.

Sept. 9 -

Important Questions about Redistricting in Illinois

Brian Gaines, UIUC Public Policy; Christopher Z Mooney, Director of IGPA; Richard Winkel, Director of IGPA Office of Public Leadership.

There is no charge for the webinars, however, registration is required and can be completed at Go to the sidebar under Register Online and find Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox. You will be provided log-on information so that you may participate in the program from your home or your office via the Internet.

Each session will be recorded and posted at

If you have questions or need more information, call University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit at 815-875-2878.

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