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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 reports and informed analyses, delivering educational opportunities and technical training, and offering inclusive venues to convene national and local discussions on fiscal and governance issues.

Water Rate Setting Study - First Report Release Heading link

The GFRC has released a report on Water Rate Setting in the Lake Michigan Service Area! For background, in 2021, the Illinois General Assembly commissioned the GFRC at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) to conduct a “Water Rate Setting Study.” The first research report and related policy briefs just released by the GFRC focus on the Lake Michigan Service Area (LMSA), which comprises 172 municipalities currently relying on Lake Michigan water, as well as 112 municipalities that could feasibly be served by Lake Michigan in the future.

Water Rate Setting Study - Deliverables

The Government Finance Research Blog Heading link

The Government Finance Research Center at UIC is a place for sharing. Academics, practitioners and others can rely on its blog for commentary and information about promising and not-so promising practices and much more.

The GFRC blog features a succession of posts short enough to be read by busy people and long enough to offer strong content. They’ll be written by well-known experts in the field.

Check out our latest posts below and click here to see all blog posts.

A Conversation With... Heading link

The Government Finance Research Center works with researchers from a variety of backgrounds to analyze the role that public finance plays in our lives. In the interviews below, we talk with experts to dig deeper into pertinent topics and get their perspective on the past, present, and future of government finance.

See our latest conversation below:

Bruce Katz, Director of the Nowak Metro Finance Lab at Drexel University

Hot Off the Presses - GFRC in the Media Heading link