The Institute for Illinois Public Finance promotes systematic research on public finance issues and provides technical assistance for state and local governments.

The Institute for Illinois Public Finance was created in 2018 to advance research and improve practice in the area of public finance in Illinois. Once a state known for its strong public finances and thriving economy, in recent years the state has experienced bouts of financial hardship.  Due in part to a budget impasse that saw no state budget passed in fiscal years 2016 and 2017 (the fiscal year 2018 budget was also passed two months late) and in part due to a history of underfunding of pension systems and infrastructure investment at both the state and local government level, the state approaches the end of the 2010s in a fiscally perilous situation.

The Institute will produce non-partisan, unbiased, and high-quality academic and applied research on issues that impact Illinois public finance with a goal of improving the fiscal situation of the state’s governments. Read more about the activities of the Institute from the links on the left.

The major goals of the Institute for Illinois Public Finance (IIPF) are to:

  1. Promote the systematic research by UIS faculty and staff of public finance issues in the state of Illinois and in its local governments;
  2. Provide technical assistance for the state and local governments in Illinois in matters of public finance and related issues; and
  3. Aid in the dissemination of high-quality, non-partisan research on applied public finance to interested stakeholder groups.

IIPF Faculty & Staff Activities

The faculty and staff of the Institute have been very active with academic research and community projects.

Department News

Institute for Illinois Public Finance News

Mar 11, 2022
Dr. Kenneth Kriz Presents Economic Outlook at Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce Annual Conference Dr. Kriz presented an economic outlook for the nation, for…
Mar 11, 2022
IIPF Staff and Affiliated Faculty Presentations at the 2019 Association for Budgeting and Financial Management Conference UIS and the IIPF had a strong…
Mar 11, 2022
Dr. Kenneth Kriz Presents on Fiscal Sustainability at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand Dr. Kenneth Kriz presented to an audience of faculty and…
Mar 11, 2022
Dr. Kenneth Kriz Publishes a Co-edited Book on Tax Increment Financing Dr. Kenneth Krizhas co-edited a new book titled “Tax Increment Financing and…
Mar 11, 2022
Dr. Arwi Kriz Presents at the Public Management Research Conference on Corruption and Efficiency in Public Capital Spending Dr. Arwi Kriz presented her…