Economic Policy

Exploration of the intersection of policy and economic trends, public finance, and economic development

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Fiscal condition critical: The budget crisis in Illinois

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  • Nancy Hudspeth
  • Daniel P. McMillen

Chapter 2 of The Illinois Report 2010

This report examines Illinois' fiscal condition entering 2010 and presents first results from the Fiscal Futures Project budget forecasting model.


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Illinois and the national economy in 2010

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Chapter 1 of The Illinois Report 2010

This report provides an overview of the Illinois economy headed into 2010 as the state began to emerge from the 2007-09 recession.


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The Illinois economy: Taxing business

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  • Nathan B. Anderson
  • Joshua Miller

Chapter 3 of The Illinois Report 2009

This report examines business taxation in Illinois using the criteria of equity, efficiency and simplicity.


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Illinois' fiscal future and the state's economy

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  • Daniel P. McMillen

Chapter 2 of The Illinois Report 2009

This report examines the continuing and projected fiscal problems facing Illinois entering 2009 and draws some links between the state's budget and the state's economy.


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The national economic crisis and the Illinois economy

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Chapter 1 of The Illinois Report 2009

This report presents an overview of economic conditions in Illinois entering 2009.


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Poverty and inequality in Illinois

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  • Emilie Bagby

Chapter 6 of The Illinois Report 2008 

This report examines conditions of poverty in Illinois and compares them with conditions in other states, and examines policies related to poverty and equality entering 2008.


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Illinois energy outlook

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  • Andrew P. Morriss

Chapter 4 of The Illinois Report 2008

This report provides an overview of the energy and utility industries in Illinois entering 2008. 


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The Illinois economy

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Chapter 2 of The Illinois Report 2008

This report presents a review of economic conditions in Illinois entering 2008.


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Illinois' fiscal future

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Chapter 1 of The Illinois Report 2008. 

This report summarizes Illinois' financial condition at the end of 2007 and the factors that contributed to that condition.


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Public pensions in Illinois

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  • Robert F. Rich
  • Laurie Reynolds

Pensions represent a significant component in the total compensation packages of employees in the public and private sectors. The financial viability and health of pension systems is being called into question as the baby boom generation ages, life expectancy increases, and the state and nation face public-sector budget crises. Nationwide, underfunding of state pension funds totals more than $3 trillion. Illinois has the worst underfunded pension liability in the entire nation.


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