MEDIA SPONSOR EVENT: WBEZ is a proud media sponsor of the 2018 UIC Urban Forum. Cities and other local governments across the nation have yet to see their revenue streams return to the pre-Great Recession era. Taxpayers and fee-payers, the people who elect their representatives for the purpose of providing for the health, safety and welfare of the people, demand an adequate level of government services. Moreover, they demand that borrowed funds used to build the city’s infrastructure be paid back to the lender and that the pensions be fully funded to support the workforce when it retires. Yet, these demands from the people for good public services and the escalating costs of providing infrastructure and pensions have increasingly clashed, resulting in challenging fiscal times even as the general economy of the nation has improved.
The paradox of both improving economic conditions and challenging fiscal situations of the nation’s cities and other local governments is the focus of the 2018 UIC Urban Forum. The challenge confronting the nation’s cities is no more evident than in Illinois, where the problems of city fiscal challenges are compounded by the state’s fiscal crisis.
Doors open on Thursday, September 13 at 8:00 a.m. All attendees must register online prior to the forum. For the Forum agenda, list of speakers and to register your attendance, visit UICUrbanForum.org.