Richard Funderburg

Richard Funderburg

Primary Affiliation: Fiscal and Economic Policy Working Group

Department of Public Administration, School of Public Management and Policy | University of Illinois Springfield

Skill Highlights

Budget and Finance Analysis

Community Planning and Policy

Community Economic Development

Informed Decision-Making


Senior Research Economist, California Department of Finance
Associate Professor, School of Public Management and Policy at University of Illinois Springfield
Visiting Expert, Institute of Government and Public Affairs
Assistant Professor, School of Public Management and Policy at University of Illinois Springfield
Assistant Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning at University of Iowa
Assistant Editor, Journal of Regional Science
Policy Analyst, California Employment Development Department



Richard Funderburg is an associate professor in the School of Public Management and Policy and a visiting expert at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs, where he is a member of the Fiscal and Economic Policy working group. Professor Funderburg is an expert on state and local economic development policy. He has published over 15 studies of economic development in peer-reviewed urban planning and regional science journals. Professor Funderburg has extensive experience advising state and local governments, including appointments with the California Department of Finance and the California Employment Development Department. Dr. Funderburg is actively engaged in the local community, where he serves as a commissioner on the Village of Chatham Planning Commission and as chair of the Village’s Comprehensive Planning Steering Committee. He teaches budget and finance, community planning and policy, community economic development, and information for decision making.

University of Illinois, Department of Public Administration, Springfield IL. 

Associate Professor, 2018 to Present. 

Assistant Professor, 2014 – 2018. 

Institute of Governments and Public Affairs, UI System.

Visiting Expert, 2015 to Present. 

California Department of Finance, Sacramento, CA.

Senior Research Economist, 2019 – 2020. 

University of California, Irvine, CA.; Ph.D. in Planning, Policy and Design, 2006.

California State University, Sacramento, CA.; M.A. of Public Policy and Administration, 1998. 

California State University, Fullerton, CA.; B.A. Political Science, 1990. 


Coal Plant Assessment & Taxation in Illinois

Presented at the Central Illinois Community Convening on Coal Plant Transition Planning, December 7th, 2020. The virtual conversation discussed issues of property assessment for closed coal plant facilities and economic devastation as a result of reduced tax revenue to local government and services.

Senate Bill 1820

Testimony to Illinois State Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee, May 6, 2021 on Senate Bill 1820 (Clean Energy Transition)

Illinois Planning Commission

Commissioner of the Village of Chatham, Illinois Planning Commission, 2016 – present

Illinois Comprehensive Plan

Chair, Member of Village of Chatham Illinois Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, 2018 - present

Recent Publications

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2021: Principal Investigator for Evaluation of the Wisconsin state Enterprise Zone Tax Credit Program. Grantor: Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, $50,000
2015 - 2019: Fiscal Policy: State and Local Business Taxation with David Merriman, Rachel Weber, and Josh Drucker. Grantor: Institute of Government & Public Affairs, $261,000
2014 - 2015: University of Illinois Springfield Leadership Lived Experience
June 2013: Governor's Volunteer Award, Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad
2013 - 2014: Economic Impacts of Local Development Subsidies, Principal Investigator Grantor: Office of the Vice-Chancellor


Policy Work

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