Illinois State Budget Crisis & the Impact on Local Government.

Local Government Information and Education Network Webinar


Thursday, February 18 from Noon - 1 PM

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.  

J. Fred Giertz is a professor emeritus in the Department of Economics (where he served as head from 2007-2010) and a member of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He has been at the University of Illinois since 1980.  He received his Ph. D. in economics from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in 1970.  

Professor Giertz's major research interests are in the areas of public finance, public choice, and regional economic development.  He specializes in state and local taxation and expenditure analysis and in regional economic development issues. He has consulted with a variety of different governments, firms, and other organizations on tax and economic development issues. 

Professor Giertz follows general macroeconomic issues, especially as they impact Illinois. He also 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.