Rachel Weber

Rachel Weber

Professor and Faculty Fellow, Great Cities Institute

Department of Urban Planning and Policy

University of Illinois Chicago

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.

Associated IGPA Projects

Business Taxation


PhD, Cornell University, 1998

MRP, Cornell University, 1995

BA, Brown University, 1989