Illinois State Budget: Tax and Spend 101

Illinois State Budget: Tax and Spend 101 is a half-day workshop on how the state budget process works in Illinois, and how to work effectively to impact the budget-making process. The staff of the Institute for Legislative Studies will provide basic information on the state through the legislative appropriation process. Highlights include the budget timeline, political dynamics, and deal-making that results in the final budget.

Who Should Attend

Anyone who needs to know how the Illinois state budget process works in Illinois and how to impact that process,
Prospective lobbyists and governmental affairs representatives,
Advocates in the not-for-profit and local government sectors,
Interested citizens.


  • Kent D. Redfield, Interim Director of the Institute for Legislative Studies
  • Christopher Z. Mooney, Professor in the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at UIS
  • Ethan M. Bernick, Research Fellow in the Institute for Legislative Studies and an assistant professor with the College of Public Affairs and Administration
  • Charles N. Wheeler III, Director of the Public Affairs Reporting Program
  • Tom Ryder, attorney and former representative for the 97th District-Jerseyville, in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1983 to November 2001
  • Donne E. Trotter, Illinois State Senator since 1993.
  • Douglas L. Whiltely, President/ Chief Executive Officer of the Illinois CHamber of Commerce.
  • John Filan, Director of the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget.


Friday, October 15, 2004 – 8am – 2pm
Public Affairs Center, Conference Room C/D
University of Illinois Springfield

Contact Info

Barbara Van Dyke-Brown
(217) 206-6579 or

Download the Agenda (PDF)