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UIS program will examine pensions and the state budget

January 20, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – “Pensions and the State Budget” will be the topic of discussion at a program to be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, February 6, at the Sangamo Club, 227 East Adams St., Springfield. The program is part of the Luncheon Series on Public Policy, Governance, and Administration co-sponsored by the Center for State Policy and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Springfield and the Institute of Government and Public Affairs of the University of Illinois. The program is open to the public; however pre-registration is suggested.

State pension financing issues have become a major concern in Illinois and other states. This panel discussion will address the reasons why public pensions have become such a dominant issue and possible means of responding to pension funding challenges. The impact of public pension financing on the overall state budget will also be examined, as will be the impact of reforms instituted in 2005.

Christopher Mooney, UIS professor of Political Studies and chair of the series planning committee, noted, “Illinois has far more unfunded public pension liability than any state in the country. At this event, some of the key actors in the policymaking debate on this issue will discuss and answer questions about how the state should deal with this looming crisis.”     

Panel members will include Illinois Senator Christine Radogno (R-Lemont); John Filan, director, Office of Management and Budget; Dan Long, executive director, Commission on Forecasting and Government Accountability; and Ralph Martire, executive director, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. IGPA Director Robert Rich will moderate.

The Luncheon Series on Public Policy, Governance, and Administration features major state officials and panels of experts addressing critical issues facing the state. The programs are taped by the Illinois Channel and shown statewide on local cable television.  Remaining programs in this year’s series include an analysis of the primary election in March and a speech by State Senator James Meeks (I-Chicago) about his freshman term in office as an Independent in April.

Cost for each program is $18, which includes lunch. Call 333-3340 or register online at www.igpa.uillinois.edu.

For more information, contact Scott Koeneman at 244-4237 or go to http://cspl.uis.edu/OfficeOfExecutiveDirector/PublicPolicyLuncheonSeries/


    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.