Updates and Events

2007 Fiscal Symposium

How Public Sector Investments in Infrastructure Create a Positive Business Climate and Help Make Illinois Competitive in a Global Economy

Public sector investment decisions in infrastructure, like schools, housing, transit, and healthcare, are imperative to creating a positive business climate in Illinois and in helping make the state competitive in an evolving global economy. This investment also produces a well trained workforce that has access to good jobs in every community.

CTBA's 7th Annual Fiscal Symposium explored the critical nature of these decisions and their impact on the long-term economic growth of Illinois.

The moderator for the event was Carol Marin, political columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, political editor of NBC 5 News, and co-director of the DePaul Documentary Project. Speakers for the event include:

  • Mike Lawrence– Director, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University and Former Press Secretary & Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Jim Edgar
  • Jim Ryan –Former Illinois Attorney General
  • Representative Donald L. Moffitt (R-74, Gilson)
  • R. Eden Martin – President, Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago
  • MarySue Barrett – President, Metropolitan Planning Council
  • Richard Sims – Chief Executive Officer, Sierra Institute on Applied Economics
  • Greg LeRoy –Executive Director, Good Jobs First
  • Robin Kelly – Chief of Staff, Treasurer’s Office and former Democratic Representative of the 38th District