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Unlocking the Box: Best Practices for Financing Illinois' Infrastructure


Unlocking the Box: Best Practices for Financing Illinois' Infrastructure


Unlocking the Box: Best Practices for Financing Illinois' Infrastructure

Friday, April 5, 20198:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago230 South LaSalle Street, 3rd FloorChicago, Illinois


7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. — Registration and Continental BreakfastBadge Pickup and Security Inspection in the Lobby

8:00 a.m. — WelcomeLeslie McGranahan, Vice President and Director of Regional Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

8:10 a.m. — If You Build It: A Guide to the Economics of Infrastructure InvestmentDiane Whitmore Schanzenbach, Director, Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University

8:30 a.m. — Q&A

8:45 a.m. — Break

9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. — Panel I: Building an Infrastructure Plan That Meets Critical Needsllinois has not had a major capital program since 2009. While there is wide agreement that the state faces an urgent need to repair and improve transportation infrastructure, it has not followed best practices in assessing the condition of capital assets and identifying priorities for spending scarce infrastructure resources. What can Illinois learn from other states? How have Illinois’ capital planning shortcomings impacted local governments? How can Illinois leaders be convinced to fund much-needed maintenance projects instead of shiny new ones?

    Moderator: TBA    Panelists: 

Dorval Carter, President, Chicago Transit Authority

Nicholas Donohue, Deputy Secretary of Transportation, State of Virginia

Tom Kotarac, Vice President of Transportation & Infrastructure, Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago

Michael Pagano, Dean, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs

10:30 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. — Panel II: Bang for Your Bridge? How Should (And Shouldn't) Illinois Fund Infrastructure?Illinois’ infrastructure needs are outpacing its existing revenue structure. However, before it embarks upon a capital spending program, state leaders must identify sufficient, reliable long-term sources of funding. No matter what revenue sources it explores, Illinois faces the additional complication of high borrowing costs, which will reduce revenue available for programming. Speakers will discuss the experience of other states in exploring innovative revenue sources and the particular challenges facing Illinois.

    Moderator: Elizabeth Coolidge, Managing Director, Head of the Midwest Region, UBS    Panelists: 

Ted Hamer, Managing Director, KPMG LLP

Mitchell Holzrichter, Partner, Mayer Brown

Carol Spain, Director, S&P Global Ratings

12:15 p.m. — Luncheon

Keynote — TBA

1:30 p.m. — AdjournmentLaurence Msall, President, Civic Federation

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