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Chicago’s Fiscal Future: Growth or Insolvency?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 8:00am

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
230 South LaSalle Street, 3rd Floor
Chicago, Illinois

The Civic Federation is pleased to once again partner with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to co-host a half-day forum, “Chicago’s Fiscal Future: Growth or Insolvency?” on Wednesday, April 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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*Please note, additional panelists are being finalized.

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

8:00 a.m. — Welcome and Opening Remarks 
Kent Swanson, Chairman, Civic Federation Board of Directors

8:05 a.m. — Balance Sheet Measures of Fiscal Capacity
William Testa, Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

8:50 a.m. — Break

9:00 a.m. — Session I – Lessons Learned from Recent Municipal Bankruptcies
The idea that the City of Chicago or Chicago Public Schools might be heading into bankruptcy has been discussed extensively in the media over the last few years. However, there are many differences between the experience of a personal or corporate bankruptcy and a reorganization conducted under Chapter 9 of the bankruptcy code. Panelists will discuss the impact of bankruptcy proceedings on the cost of providing government services and quality of life in a community and strategies states around the nation have implemented to try to help municipalities avoid bankruptcy.

Moderator: James Spiotto, Managing Director, Chapman Strategic Advisors LLC

  • Eric Scorsone, Professor, Michigan State University
  • Harrison J. Goldin, Founder, Goldin Associates
  • Mary Murphy, Manager, State and Local Fiscal Health, The Pew Charitable Trusts

10:30 a.m. — Break

10:45 a.m. — Session II – City of the Big Brains? Chicago’s Future Economic Growth
Twentieth century Chicago was “Hog Butcher for the World” and then an industrial powerhouse. In the 21st century, Chicago has so far avoided the worst of post-industrial decline with a diverse economy and strong cultural resources. If Chicago can move beyond the current financial crisis, what sectors will propel economic growth and a population renaissance? Representatives from the financial and tech sectors will discuss why their areas are thriving, what could make them grow stronger and what could stand in their way. A site selection consultant will discuss what still makes Chicago appealing to corporate headquarters and their employees.

Moderator: David Snyder, Former Publisher of Crain’s Chicago Business 
• John Lothian, Executive Chairman, John J. Lothian & Co.
• Caralynn Nowinski Collens, Chief Executive Officer, UI Labs
• Jerry Szatan, Founder, Szatan & Associates

12:15 p.m. — Break

12:20 p.m.  — Luncheon
Keynote Speaker: 

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

To download a full copy of the agenda, please click here.