FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                      Date: February 3, 2003

         Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716


UIS Politics and Policy Series 2002-2003 continues


SPRINGFIELD “Illinois State Budget FY2004: New Governor, Old Problems,” a critical discussion and analysis of the fiscal problems facing the state, with special focus on the FY2004 annual budget, will be presented from 6:45 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 13, in Brookens Auditorium, located on level one of Brookens Library at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Free and open to the public, the program is the second session of UIS’ Politics and Policy Series 2002-2003. The forum will be broadcast live on WUIS (91.9 FM), and taped for later broadcast on Illinois Public Radio and Illinois Public Television. A reception will immediately follow the forum.

Panelists will give brief presentations, interspersed with audience questions and panel discussion. Speakers and their topics include Dr. Robert Mandeville, former director, Illinois Bureau of the Budget, “The Revenue Picture”; Howard Peters, senior vice president, Illinois Hospital Association, “Spending Pressures and Budgetary Time Bombs”; and State Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago), “The Politics of the Budget Process.” Christopher Z. Mooney, director of the Illinois Legislative Studies Center at UIS, will moderate.

The Politics and Policy Series presents 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 everyday life.

The third session in the 2002-2003 series, “Capital Punishment in Illinois After George Ryan,” is scheduled for March 13.

UIS sponsors of the Politics and Policy Series are the Illinois for Legislative Studies Center, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Center for Governmental Studies, Illinois Issues magazine, Political Studies program, and Speakers’ Series Committee.

For more information, contact Mooney by phone at (217) 206-6574 or e-mail at, or go to