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Richard Funderburg is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the University of Illinois Springfield. Funderburg’s research centers on the ability and limitations of state and local economic development policy to entice private businesses to locate, start up, or expand within the region and the fiscal and budget consequences of public efforts. Funderburg’s research appears in several regional science and planning journals including the Journal of Regional Science, Environment and Planning A, Urban Studies, Transportation Research A, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Growth and Change, and Land Use Policy. Prior to his doctoral studies, Rick worked 10 years for the California Employment Development Department where he developed state plans, forecasts, budgets, legislation, and regulations pursuant to workforce investment, vocational education, and welfare-to-work programs.

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Kent Redfield is a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Illinois at Springfield. His research interests include state campaign finance, legislative redistricting, legislative behavior, policy analysis and municipal government and special districts. A former legislative staff member himself, Redfield joined UIS in 1979 and directed the Illinois Legislative Staff Internship Program for the next 20 years. He spent a dozen years leading the Sunshine Project, which focused on documenting the role of money in politics, particularly in Illinois. The project led to creation of an online database to track political contributions that is maintained by the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.

In retirement, Redfield continues to work on campaign finance and other political issues. He is the author or co-author of several books and frequently offers analysis and observation on the state's politcal atmosphere for news media across the state.

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Christopher Z. Mooney is the W. Russell Arrington Professor of State Politics in the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Springfield. He served as director of IGPA from 2013 through mid-2017. He studies comparative U.S. state politics, with special focus on state legislatures and is a noted experts on term limits legislation. In September 2017, he was elected to a two-year term as president of the State Politics and Policy Organize Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). From 2001 to 2007, Mooney was the founding editor of the top academic journal in his field, State Politics and Policy Quarterly. In honor of his scholarly contributions to the study of state politics, in 2010, the Section endowed the Christopher Z. Mooney Award, bestowed annually for the best PhD dissertation in the field. In 2012, that section of the APSA presented Mooney with its Career Achievement Award.

The main focus of Mooney’s research involves the study of state politics and policy in the United States. In particular, Mooney’s work deals with state legislatures,, lawmaking, and morality policymaking. He is currently working on a long-term project exploring how state legislators think about cause and effect in public policy. He also is the co-author of one of the leading undergraduate textbooks in his field, State and Local Politics: Institutions and Reform, published by Wadsworth/Cengage.

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