The UIS Politics and Policy Series 2001-2002

The UIS Politics and Policy Series, 2001-2002 is a series of public forums on important issues facing Illinois policymakers and citizens today. The series brings together public officials, journalists, and academics to analyze events and share insights and perspectives with more depth and reflection than is sometimes possible in the hurly burly of everyday political life. The format will include panelist presentation, discussion, and audience interaction.

Forum #1: Redistricting Post Mortem 2001

A critical discussion and analysis of the 2001 redistricting of congressional and state legislative districts in Illinois and its potential impacts.

Date and Time: November 26, 7-8 pm

Moderator: Christopher Z. Mooney, Director, Institute for Legislative Studies

Speakers:
“Re-Map Making and Reading”
Michael McDonald, University of Illinois Springfield

“The Political Impacts of the New State Legislative Map”
Charles Wheeler, Director of the Public Affairs Reporting Program, UIS

“The Impact of the 2001 Maps on Minority Interests”
Maria Valdez, Senior Litigator, Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund

“The Impact of the New Map on Lawmaking in Illinois”
Daniel Burkhalter, Director of Government Relations, Illinois Education Association

Forum #2: Illinois State Budget 2003: Choices and Challenges

A critical discussion and analysis of the choices and challenges facing policymakers in Illinois as they craft the FY2003 state budget.

Date and Time: February 25, 7-8 pm

Moderator: Christopher Z. Mooney, Director, Institute for Legislative Studies

Speakers:
“What the State Budget Is- Institutional and Political Context”
Charles Wheeler, Director of the Public Affairs Reporting Program, UIS

“Decisions and Trade-offs from the Legislative Perspective”
Senator Steven Rauschenberger, Chair of the Illinois Senate Committee on Appropriations

“The Impact of the Governor’s Budget on Education”
Former Senator Arthur Berman, Former Chairman of the Illinois Senate Elementary and Secondary Education Committee

“The Impact of the Governor’s Budget on Health and Human Services”
Leonard Lieberman, Associate Vice President for Government Affairs, Jewish Federation

Forum #3: Illinois Primary Election Wrap-up 2002

A critical discussion and analysis of the March 19 primary election results in Illinois and their implications for the November general election and beyond.

Date and Time: March 25, 6:45-8 pm

Moderator: Christopher Z. Mooney, Director of the Institute for Legislative Studies

Speakers:
“Statewide Races”
Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune

“State Legislative Races- Chicago and the Suburbs”
Kristen McQueary, Daily Southtown

“State Legislative Races- Downstate”
Kate Clements, Champaign News-Gazette

“Campaign Financing 2003”
Kent Redfield, Professor, University of Illinois Springfield