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April 30, 2021

 

 
 
Institute of Government and Public Affairs 
 

A report from the Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA) takes an in-depth look at Illinois’ history of budget deficits and suggests some strategies to address the state’s longstanding shortfall. Illinois lawmakers and Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration face what has become a perennial task in Illinois: crafting a state budget when projected revenues will likely not cover expected spending pressures. The COVID-19 pandemic complicates this task by putting unique strains on the state. A report from IGPA’s Fiscal Futures project, Illinois’ Fiscal Challenges: Where are we now and how do we proceed?, found that Illinois has had a budget gap for at least the past two decades. “COVID-19 presents tremendous fiscal challenges to Illinois, but it is also an opportunity to rethink our long-term strategy and develop solutions that will fix our structural budget deficit,” said David Merriman, who directs the Fiscal Futures Project for IGPA. “It won’t be easy. We need to critically examine our expenditures and put increases in revenue on the table.”

 

 
 
 Economic Research Service
 

The Economic Research Service (ERS) of the USDA provides agricultural trade statistics for each state, with country of origin and destination. Download the information from USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) State Trade by Country of Origin and Destination web page. The data set uses State data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. These series report State exports and imports for farm products based on the last recorded point or location before transport to or from the port, such as farms, silos, packers, factories, or warehouses. In this approach, commodities are attributed to the State where they are consolidated for shipment or distribution, rather than to the State in which they are produced or imported. While statistics may include what is produced in a State, the series can also distort data for States where major ports are located, such as Louisiana and New York. For that reason, calculation of a trade balance using the State Trade Data product is discouraged.

 

 
 
Institute of Government and Public Affairs 
 

A report from the University of Illinois System's Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA) raises an alarm about a coming wave of housing evictions spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Policy Spotlight, titled Mitigating Housing Instability During the COVID-19 Pandemic, suggests remedies to the looming crisis based on an analysis of policies adopted to counter the housing market crash of 2008. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended the federal eviction moratorium through June 30. Millions of Americans who lost employment due to the pandemic are faced with the prospect of homelessness once state and federal moratoriums on evictions expire.  “Extending the CDC moratorium is critical for many renters who are still feeling the effects of income instability as the pandemic continues,” said Andrew J. Greenlee, a co-author of the Policy Spotlight and an associate professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. “Fortunately for many landlords, rental support funds will help to provide relief on their end. Our report provides a roadmap from these short-term solutions towards long-term changes in how we deliver housing that would provide stability to renters and owners.”

 

 
 
 LGE Webinar Series
 

University of Illinois Extension Community and Economic Development webinar series, Local Government Education (LGE) will air Effectively Utilizing Opportunity Zones for Development on Thursday, May 6, 2021, from Noon – 1 p.m. Real Estate and Tax Incentive Administrator, Mike Pomerantz, from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, will present the latest information, highlight why this program important and what seems to be working in communities to support the utilization of Opportunity Zones. LGE will also host Shelly Piao, to highlight her work on supporting the development and delivery of a cohesive system of support for two rural OZs in central Illinois. Rather than ignore the rural OZs, Canton and Havana in partnership with their local economic development organizations are seeking to ensure these places had a fair chance to build and act on a plan that could rekindle their community and economic efforts. Read more here for presenter information and to register.

 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

May 6 - Effectively Utilizing Opportunity Zones for Development

May 12 - Age-Friendly Communities (Rural Partners)

May 19 - Reversing the Exodus: Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Young Adults to Rural (Rural Partners)

May 20 - Freedom of Information Act 

June 18 or June 25 – Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference

 
 
 
 
 

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