UIC Urban Forum - The People’s Money: Pensions, Debt and Government Services

APA Illinois Chapter

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Thursday, September 13, 2018
8:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. CDT

Chicago, IL, United States

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Overview

Cities and other local governments across the nation have yet to see their revenue streams return to the pre-Great Recession era. Taxpayers and fee-payers, the people who elect their representatives for the purpose of providing for the health, safety and welfare of the people, demand an adequate level of government services. Moreover, they demand that borrowed funds used to build the city’s infrastructure be paid back to the lender and that the pensions be fully funded to support the workforce when it retires. Yet, these demands from the people for good public services and the escalating costs of providing infrastructure and pensions have increasingly clashed, resulting in challenging fiscal times even as the general economy of the nation has improved.

The paradox of both improving economic conditions and challenging fiscal situations of the nation’s cities and other local governments is the focus of the 2018 UIC Urban Forum. The challenge confronting the nation’s cities is no more evident than in Illinois, where the problems of city fiscal challenges are compounded by the state’s fiscal crisis. Papers and panels will be convened around the manifold challenges of city fiscal problems due to mounting pension and health insurance liabilities, deferred infrastructure maintenance and investment, cities’ fiscal architectures that are not firmly connected to a city’s economic growth engines, uncertainty surrounding financial and legal entanglements between the private sector and city government, the changing municipal bond market, and cities’ creative approaches to meeting the needs of their residents.

8:45 - 9:00 AM Welcoming Remarks Michael Amiridis, Chancellor, UIC
9:00 - 9:30 AM Keynote Toni Preckwinkle, President, Cook County Board of Commissioners
9:30 - 10:20 AM Panel #1
Who Gets What and Why?: Cities and the People’s Money
Panelists:
Samantha Fields, Budget Director, City of Chicago
Melanie Hartzog, Budget Director, Mayor’s Office of Budget Management, New York City
Moderator:
Heather Gillers, Reporter, Wall Street Journal
10:20-10:30 AM Break  
10:30-11:20 AM Panel #2
When Governments Go Broke: Lessons from Puerto Rico and Detroit
Panelists:
Ana Matosantos, Board Member ,Puerto Rican Oversight and Financial Management Committee
Boysie Jackson, Chief Procurement Officer, City of Detroit
Moderator:
Richard Greene, Barrett and Greene, Inc.
11:20- 12:10 PM Panel #3
Sins of our “Fathers”: Inheriting Pension Burdens
Panelists:
Chris Morrill, Executive Director/CEO of the Government Finance Officers Association
Laurence Msall, President, The Civic Federation
Moderator:
Katherine Barrett, Barrett and Greene, Inc.
12:15- 12:45 PM Closing Keynote Speaker Richard Ravitch, Former Lieutenant Governor of New York
12:45 PM Closing Announcements Michael A. Pagano, Dean, UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
1:00 PM Box Lunch and Networking Adjourn

 

Resource URL

http://uicurbanforum.org/index.php

Speakers

Katherine Barrett

Over the course of over 25 years, Barrett & Greene Inc., through principals Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene, has done much-praised research about state and local government. Described by Peter Harkness, founder of Governing Magazine as "by far the most experienced journalists in the country covering public performance," they pioneered "grading the cities, counties and states" in management. Related to that work, they founded the Government Performance Project. They are special project consultants to the Volcker Alliance, senior fellows with the Council of State Governments, senior fellows at the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania, external advisors at the Government Finance Research Center and fellows in the National Academy of Public Administration. In addition, Greene has been named chair of The Center for Accountability and Performance at the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). They are management columnists for Governing Magazine and also write occasional major features for the magazine. They are senior fellows at the Governing Institute. Barrett and Greene have served in an advisory capacity to many organizations including the National League of Cities, the Urban Institute, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board; the Association of Government Accountants and the National Association of State Chief Administrators Offices. They have demonstrated expertise in government management generally, procurement, HR and public sector workforce,, tax systems, health management and policy, pensions, infrastructure, contracting, civics education and notably ... Read More

Richard Greene

Over the course of over 25 years, Barrett & Greene Inc., through principals Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene, has done much-praised research about state and local government. Described by Peter Harkness, founder of Governing Magazine as "by far the most experienced journalists in the country covering public performance," they pioneered "grading the cities, counties and states" in management. Related to that work, they founded the Government Performance Project. They are special project consultants to the Volcker Alliance, senior fellows with the Council of State Governments, senior fellows at the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania, external advisors at the Government Finance Research Center and fellows in the National Academy of Public Administration. In addition, Greene has been named chair of The Center for Accountability and Performance at the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). They are management columnists for Governing Magazine and also write occasional major features for the magazine. They are senior fellows at the Governing Institute. Barrett and Greene have served in an advisory capacity to many organizations including the National League of Cities, the Urban Institute, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board; the Association of Government Accountants and the National Association of State Chief Administrators Offices. They have demonstrated expertise in government management generally, procurement, HR and public sector workforce,, tax systems, health management and policy, pensions, infrastructure, contracting, civics education and notably ... Read More

Samantha Fields

Budget Director, City of Chicago

Heather Gillers

Reporter, Wall Street Journal

Melanie Hartzog

Melanie Hartzog is the Director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In this role she oversees the expense and capital budgets of all New York City agencies and implements the City's borrowing and bond programs. Before serving as the Budget Director, she ... Read More

Boyce Jackson

Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Detroit, appointed in October 2013. Boysie’s career also spans over 30 years at General Motors where he held numerous key Global Executive Leadership positions in Global Purchasing & Supply Chain, Engineering, Supplier Development, Procurement Systems and Plant Operations. CSince Boysie’s tenure as ... Read More

Ana Matosantos

Ana J. Matosantos is a budget and policy consultant based in Sacramento, California. She focuses primarily on issues relating to the state budget, education finance, health care, income inequality, and local government. She served as director of the California Department of Finance in both the Brown and Schwarzenegger administrations, helping ... Read More

Chris Morrill

Chris Morrill is the CEO of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the US & Canada. GFOA, with more than 19,400 members, advances excellence in government finance. Chris previously served as city manager in Roanoke, VA, assistant city manager and budget director in Savannah, GA, and budget analyst in ... Read More

Laurence Msall

Laurence Msall is President of the Civic Federation, a nonpartisan government research organization established in 1894 that promotes independent and evidence-based efforts to improve the effectiveness, financial sustainability and transparency of State and local governments in Illinois. Before joining the Federation in 2002, Msall was Senior Advisor for Economic Development ... Read More

Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle is the 35th president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, an office she has held since 2010. A dedicated and effective public servant, President Preckwinkle has worked tirelessly and collaboratively to reshape County government through increased fiscal responsibility, transparency and improved services. As the top executive in ... Read More

Richard Ravitch

Richard Ravitch, a former New York State Lieutenant Governor, is a lawyer, businessman, author, and public official who has been engaged in the private and public sectors for more than 50 years. He began his career in the construction business as a principal of the HRH Construction Corporation, where he ... Read More

Contact Info

Brandon Nolin, cms@ilapa.org