The purpose of the Government Finance Research Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) is to shape and inform public policy and scholarly discourse on government and public finance by identifying, planning and executing research, providing periodic reports and informed analyses, and offering venues at which to convene national and local discussion on fiscal and governmental issues.

UIC CUPPA’s Government Finance Research Center brings together the best academic minds with public and private sector experts to address the pressing fiscal issues in our communities and states, large or small. The time is now to bring public financial challenges to the forefront and discuss outcomes that combine pragmatic solutions with rigorous theory.

Michael A. Pagano  |  Director

News from GFRC

Paul Vallas

Amanda Kass Quoted In Paul Vallas Fact Check

A Chicago Sun-Times/Better Government Association/PolitiFact story assessing claims by Chicago mayoral candidate Paul Vallas that Chicago Public Schools was a financially healthier organization under his leadership includes comments from Amanda Kass, associate director…

Daley Fact Check

Amanda Kass Comments On Daley's Property Tax Freeze

A Chicago Sun-Times/Better Government Association/PolitiFact story on Chicago mayoral candidate Bill Daley’s pledge to freeze property taxes includes comments from Amanda Kass, associate director of the Government Finance Research Center at UIC, who…

Lori Lightfoot

Amanda Kass Fact Checks Lori Lightfoot

Amanda Kass, associate director of the Government Finance Research Center at UIC, is credited among expert sources in a story from the Chicago Sun-Times, PolitiFact Illinois and the Better Government Association that examines…

PA Times

David Merriman Explains States’ Obligations To Monitor TIFs

David Merriman discusses state obligations to monitor tax incremental financing in an article in the PA Times. Merriman states that “TIFs are an appropriate and potentially beneficial tool for economic development in a…

Amanda Kass

Amanda Kass Discusses Cook County's Primary For Assessor

Amanda Kass, Associate Director of the Government Finance Research Center, discusses the importance of the Cook County Democratic Primary for Assessor in the Urban Affairs Forum. Kass states the importance of Assessors to…

Michael Pagano

Michael Pagano Addresses Lag In City Revenues

Dean Michael Pagano responds to questions about city revenues in our current booming economy. Featured in Governing Magazine, Pagano’s article cites faults in cities’ tax systems as the cause of the slow return…

Dermot Murphy

Dermot Murphy Reports On The Impact Of Newspaper Closures

GFRC Faculty Affiliate, Dermot Murphy, reports on the effect of newspaper closures on public finance. Murphy argues that newspaper closures have an adverse effect municipal borrowing costs and revenue bonds. Read more here.

Radio Islam

Hear Amanda Kass on Radio Islam

GFRC Associate Director, Amanda Kass, spoke to Radio Islam on the future on Chicago public pension funds and what issue the new Chicago mayor will inherit. You can listen to the livestream here.

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Michael A. Pagano  |  Director