After Detroit: How Will Illinois and Its Communities Respond?

Last Updated: 3/25/2014

April 23, 2014

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Board of Directors of the Civic Federation are pleased to announce a conference on how municipalities in Illinois can avoid or resolve fiscal stress. The conference will feature a luncheon keynote address by City of Detroit Chief Financial Officer John Hill. A summary of this conference is available.

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7:30 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast

Badge Pickup and Security Inspection in the Lobby

8:10 AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks
William Testa, Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Robert Inman, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
8:45 AM
Session 1: Chicago: City at the Turning Point

Speakers will discuss recent budget, revenue and pension trends for the City of Chicago with a focus on the city’s financial future. In addition to presenting the perspective of Chicago’s chief financial officer and the rating agencies, the panel will discuss the fate of pension reform initiatives around the country and how they might inform any legislation to change city pension benefits.

Lois Scott, City of Chicago
Richard Ciccarone, Merritt Research
Pension Reform Litigation: An Update
, Laura and John Arnold Foundation
10:15 AM
10:15 AM
Session 2: To Intervene or Not to Intervene: How States Are Helping and Hindering Local Governments

Speakers will discuss the different structures and policies states have used to assist local governments in crisis or avoid fiscal decline in the first place. Both the national perspective and a specific proposal for an Illinois authority to assist local governments will be presented along with trends in the structure and amount of local government revenue.

Rick Mattoon, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Best Practices for State Fiscal Intervention
Stephen Fehr, Pew Center
Jim Spiotto, Chapman Strategic Advisors LLC
Mike Pagano, University of Illinois at Chicago
12:15 PM
Luncheon and Keynote Speaker
John Hill, Chief Financial Officer, City of Detroit, Michigan
1:00 PM
Laurence Msall, President, The Civic Federation

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