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February 12, 2016
Live Webinar
Illinois State Budget Crisis & the Impact on Local Government
Thursday, February 18, 2016 Noon - 1pm (CST)

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Professor J. Fred Giertz with the Institute of Government & Public Affairs will share his analysis of the current state budget crisis looking both at current and future impacts on local government budgets. He has consulted with a number of state agencies and writes frequently on the Illinois budget and general economic issues in publications such as State Tax Notes and the Central Illinois Business Magazine and compiles the U of I Flash Index, a monthly indicator of the Illinois economy. Several recent articles have appeared in the National Tax Journal.

Early Bird Rate Applies Through February 16
Register now and attend the conference for $160 per person. Register three people from your organization or community and a fourth person attends free!

The conference opens at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 with a welcome reception, to provide attendees an opportunity to network and socialize with colleagues from across the state. The March 9 plenary session features, "Leaving Home, Exploring, Settling Down: How Young-Adult Migration Shapes Rural Communities," presented by John Cromartie of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. The opening session will also feature “A New Crowdfunding Tool for Rural Communities” presented by Diane Wolverton, co-founder of The Local Crowd, a company devoted to bringing capital resources to rural America. Wolverton will discuss the method used to support rural fundraising needs for businesses and nonprofits.

Program and speaker information is also available. Don't forget to ask for the conference rate when making your room reservation. When reserving your room online, use "FI7" when prompted to enter the code. When telephoning the hotel to make reservations, call toll free at 800-227-6963.
Tracking subsidies from government
Good Jobs First's Subsidy Tracker database is free and unrestricted at The update adds nearly 30,000 new entries from 160 state and local programs, and 138 federal ones. The states with the most new entries are Washington, Michigan, Maine and Oklahoma, but New Jersey accounts for the largest dollar amount, with more than $1.5 billion in new giveaways over the past year.

Detroit's urban farming possibilities aren't a secret; there is nowhere else in the country with an infrastructure as big as Detroit's that contains so much city-owned or delinquent land. Farmers are stepping in from all over the place; the planners behind one project hope to eventually create the world's largest urban farm. But Detroit's mayor just found announced an even newer and bigger project: a $15 million, 60-acre urban farm.
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