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U of I Flash Index dips to 104.8 in June

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The University of Illinois Flash Index dipped in June to 104.8, down from the 104.9 level in May. The June reading keeps the index in the 104-105 range it has been within, with the exception of one month, since July 2016. View the complete Flash Index archive.


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Does crop insurance impact water use?

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Although crop insurance was not designed to impact water resources, it may have unintended consequences for water use, because agriculture and water resources are tightly linked.


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U of I Flash Index climbs to 104.9 in May

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URBANA _ The University of Illinois Flash Index rose again in May, to 104.9 from April’s 104.7. The May index is the highest it has been since it was at 105.0 in June 2016. Since then, the index has rested in a range of 104.1 to 104.9. Any reading above 100 indicates the Illinois economy is growing.


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Flash Index reaches highest level in 20 months

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The University of Illinois Flash Index rose in April to its highest level in 20 months, reaching 104.7. That is up from 104.5 in May and is the highest reading since a 104.8 in August 2016. 


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Illinois economic growth remains stable; Flash Index off slightly in March

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The Illinois economy remains in a period of slow stable growth, reflecting the strong national economy, according to the latest University of Illinois Flash Index. The index dipped in March to 104.5 from February’s 104.6, however it remains within the same 104 to 105-point range it has been since early 2016.


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The use of business property tax incentives in Cook County, Illinois

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The authors use data on all business parcels and property tax incentives in Cook County to analyze the use of business tax incentives from 2012 through 2014.


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Illinois Economic Review - Feb 2018

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  • Yizhou Zhang
  • Pan Haozhi

Highlights from the February 2018 Illinois Economic Review, published by the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:


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U of I Flash Index up to 104.6 in February

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The University of Illinois Flash Index rose in February for the second straight month, climbing to 104.6 from 104.4 the previous month. The February reading is a half point higher than December and puts the monthly indicator of Illinois’ economic condition at its highest level since May 2017.


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Peering over Illinois' fiscal cliff

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  • Nancy Hudspeth

This is Chapter 2 of The Illinois Report 2014.


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Can slow and steady win the race?

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This is Chapter 1 of The Illinois Report 2014. 


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