IGPA: Reworking the State Universities Retirement System

IGPA SURSFull report


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IGPA has proposed a new hybrid retirement system for employees of public colleges and universities that would be partially funded by additional contributions from workers and the universities that employ them. The plan concentrates on the State Universities Retirement System (SURS) and is designed to reduce the state government’s payments into the system by billions of dollars over time. 

IGPA 2011 State Summit Report

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The IGPA State Summit Report presents research and analysis by several of the most influential leaders on pensions in Illinois and the nation. The report discusses strategies to change the current system while maintaining fairness in the process.

The Illinois Budget Crisis in 3 Minutes

The above features Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, examining the myths and history of the Illinois Budget Crisis. He also offers proposed legislative solutions to the problems.

A Master Plan for Higher Education in the Midwest: A Roadmap to the Future of the Nation’s Heartland

Higher Ed in Midwest

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Released by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, this paper proposes sweeping changers for higher education in the Midwest, including ending state support for public universities in return for removing government oversight of their operations. It also proposes streamlining curricula from K-12 through post-secondary education, redefining the role of community colleges and promoting a culture of lifelong learning.

Public Pension Policy in Illinois: An Introduction to a Crucial Issue

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Pension Fact Sheet

Released by The Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois, this report provides an in-depth, but easy to understand explanation of the state’s pension funds, their current condition and suggestions on how to repair them.

Titanic and Sinking: The Illinois Budget Disaster

Titanic Sinking

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Released by The Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois, this report provides an overview of the state’s current fiscal situation and examines proposals for improving Illinois’ fiscal health.