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The Center for Municipal Finance highlights innovations in investment, including the green bond. Read More


Belsky joins Chicago Tonight on WTTW to discuss possible solutions to pension problems in the city and state. See Interview 



Mike Belsky

Executive Director Mike Belsky proposes that Chicago consider the private sector practice of depositing income-producing assets in a pension fund, rather than issuing bonds to increase funding levels. Read More


Chris Berry

The Chicago Tribune and ProPublica report on a Cook County property tax system study that is still under wraps. Academic Director Chris Berry discusses why that study is unnecessary. Read More


The Chicago Tribune reports on civil rights lawsuit filed against Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios. The Center’s research on property assessments and tax inequities is cited in the lawsuit. Read More


Crain's Chicago Business interviews Executive Director Mike Belsky about William Blair's exit from the muni bond business. Read More


Chicago Magazine mentions the Center for Municipal Finance’s study on property tax appeals in Cook County in its coverage of the Tribune’s series on Cook County property taxes. Read More


A newly released study by the Center for Municipal Finance on property tax appeals in Cook County is featured in a new report by the Chicago Tribune. Read more


Amanda Kass explains why Illinois’ non-budget is actually the worst budget ever in Chicago Magazine. Read More


Chicago Magazine quotes Amanda Kass in its coverage of Illinois budget negotiations. Read More


Executive Director Mike Belsky writes about how Illinois can stop its fiscal shame in Crain’s Chicago Business. Read More


The Bond Buyer reports that the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy named former Chicago chief financial officer Lois Scott as the inaugural chair of the advisory board that oversees its expanding Center for Municipal Finance. Read more


Crain's Chicago Business highlighted that former Chicago CFO Lois Scott has been named the inaugural chair of the Center for Municipal Finance's advisory board Read more


Amanda Kass, Assistant Director of the Center for Municipal Finance, examines the causes of Illinois' pension crisis via Tax Analysts Read more


Michael Belsky to start as inaugural executive director of the Center for Municipal Finance August 1 via Chicago Tribune Read more


What's Up with Former Highland Park Mayor? via Daily North Shore Read more


Former Highland Park Mayor Supports PACE Legislation in Illinois  Read more


Former Highland Park Mayor Belsky to Head Center for Municipal Finance at University of Chicago via Highland Park Patch Read more


Michael Belsky calls the Lincoln-Way HS District's financial practices "troubled" via Chicago Tribune Read more


Michael Belsky on the risks a local school district assumed by borrowing on the assumption of sustained growth via Chicago Tribune Read more


Associate Prof. Chris Berry on whether Detroit's bankruptcy plan could serve as a model for other Rust Belt cities via Bloomberg BNA Read more


Associate Prof. Chris Berry on the proliferation of special districts in the U.S. via Last Week Tonight with John Oliver See the clip


Michael Belsky on why Chicago must increase taxes via Chicago Sun-Times Read more