University of Illinois at Chicago
David F. Merriman is the leader of IGPA's Working Group on the Fiscal Health of Illinois. His major area of study is state and local public finance. Merriman directs The Fiscal Futures Project, which created and maintains of a comprehensive and consistently defined measure of the Illinois state budget. He has published extensively about the effect of tax increment finance policy on local economic growth and the determinants of tobacco tax avoidance. He has also studied Walmart’s impact on urban economic development. His most recent research concerns state and local business taxation.
IGPA Research By
April 30, 2020Illinois Higher Education Enrollments During Recessions
February 21, 2019A pension "crisis" mentality won't help
January 31, 2019Improving tax increment financing (TIF) for economic development
February 2, 2017Tools to assess budgetary concerns (Kiwanis presentation)
November 30, 2016Budget Enforcement Mechanisms
February 15, 2016Consequences of Inaction
December 7, 2015Improving budgetary practices in Illinois
February 20, 2014Peering over Illinois' fiscal cliff
February 20, 2014The Illinois Report 2014
February 18, 2014Business taxes
February 18, 2014Overview of the economic and fiscal situation in Illinois
October 19, 2013Temporary taxes
March 12, 2013Six simple steps
February 20, 2013And miles to go before it's balanced
February 20, 2013The Illinois Report 2013
February 3, 2012The Illinois Report 2012
February 3, 2012Through a dark glass
September 29, 2011Transparency in state budgets
April 8, 2011Public pensions in Illinois
January 20, 2011Titanic and sinking: The Illinois budget disaster
January 18, 2011Fiscal Fallout No. 5
January 10, 2011Fiscal Fallout No. 4
October 11, 2010Fiscal Fallout No. 3
September 7, 2010Fiscal Fallout No. 2
August 23, 2010Fiscal Fallout No. 1
January 10, 2008The Illinois Report 2008
January 10, 2008Illinois' fiscal future
Benjamin M. Superfine is a member of the working group on Education and Learning, and is a professor in the College of Education at UIC, where his research interests center on education law and policy.
Superfine received his J.D. and Ph.D. in Education Foundations and Policy from the University of Michigan. Before joining UIC, Superfine practiced law at Dow Lohnes PLLC in Washington, D.C. Superfine's research focuses on the history of education law and policy, school finance reform, standards-based reform and accountability, teacher evaluation, and collective bargaining. His research is interdisciplinary and addresses educational issues through the lenses of law, history, and social science. He is the founder and Director of the Research on Urban Education Policy Initiative at UIC.
Rachel Weber is a member of the working group on the Fiscal Health of Illinois. She is a professor in the Urban Planning and Policy Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she conducts research in economic development, real estate, and public finance. She has expertise in the areas of urban and regional economic development, public finance, municipal government law, planning theory, andreal estate. She has conducted extensive research on the impact of changes in capital markets on urban economies and the built environment. She has also written on school and infrastructure finance, the effect of e-commerce on bricks-and-mortar retailers, the design of incentive contracts, and participatory budgeting. She is the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning and author of From Boom to Bubble: How Finance Built the New Chicago (University of Chicago Press, 2015). Weber was appointed by former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to the Tax Increment Financing Reform Task Force and was a member of the Urban Policy Advisory Committee for then-presidential candidate Barack Obama.