The UIS Politics and Policy Series 2002-2003

The UIS Politics and Policy Series, 2002-2003 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 questions.

Forum #3: Capital Punishment Reform in Illinois after George Ryan

A critical discussion of the prospects and need for capital punishment reform in Illinois in the post-George Ryan era.

Date and time: Thursday, March 13, 2003, 6:45-8pm

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

Panelists:
“Reform- What Is Needed and Why?”
Thomas Sullivan, Co-chair of the 2002 Governor’s Commission on Capital Punishment

“The Prosecutors’ Perspective on Capital Punishment Reform”
Kevin Lyons, Peoria County State’s Attorney

“The Politics of Capital Punishment Reform”
State Representative Mary K. O’Brien (D-Coal City), Chair, House Committee on Judiciary II- Criminal Law

Forum #2: Illinois State Budget FY2004: New Governor, Old Problems

A critical discussion and analysis of the fiscal problems facing the state, focusing on the FY2004 annual budget.

Date and time: Thursday, February 13, 2003, 6:45-8pm

Moderator:
Christopher Z. Mooney, Director, Illinois Legislative Studies Center

Panelists:
“The Revenue Picture”
Dr. Robert Mandeville, Former Director, Illinois Bureau of the Budget

“Spending Pressures and Budgetary Time Bombs”
Howard Peters, Senior Vice President, Illinois Hospital Association

“The Politics of the Budget Process”
Charlie Wheeler, Director, Public Affairs Reporting Program, University of Illinois Springfield

Forum #1: General Election 2002: What Happened, Why, and What It All Means

Date and Time: November 11, 2002

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

Panelists:
Dave McKinney, Chicago Sun-Times,
Christi Parsons, Chicago Tribune,
Bernie Schoenburg, State Journal-Register