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2017 Illinois Financial Forecast Forum: 
Private Sector Views that will Impact the Public Sector

The Illinois City/County Management Association, Illinois Government Finance Officers Association, and the Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies invite you to attend the Ninth Annual Illinois Financial Forecast Forum: Private Sector Views that will Impact the Public Sector on Jan. 20, 2017 at Harry Caray's, 70 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL.

Industry experts from the financial, housing, automotive, land use, retail, real estate, and manufacturing sectors will present on pertinent economic and financial issues affecting local governments in Illinois.


8:00 - 8:45 a.m.

   Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:45 - 9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions (Speaker Bios)

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.


Economic & Industry Perspectives
Rick Mattoon, Senior Economist, Chicago Federal Reserve (presentation)

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.    


10:15 – 11:15 a.m.




New Trends in Land and Property Use: Impacts on Taxation

Mary O’Connor,
Partner, Sikich, Moderator (presentation)
Paula Hewson, Assistant Village Manager, Village of Schaumburg (presentation)
Erika Storlie, Deputy City Manager, City of Evanston (presentation)
Christian Beaudoin, Director, Research & Strategy, JLL (presentation)

11:15 – 11:30 a.m. 


11:30 – 12:30 p.m. 






Future Trends in Financial Governance: TIF and Taxing Bodies; Alternative Financing Tools/Instruments; the Impact of the Evolving Municipal
Advisor Rules on Practices

Scott Anderson, Finance Director, Buffalo Grove, Moderator
Aleks Granchalek, Managing Director, Fifth-Third Securities (presentation)
Jennifer Tammen, Municipal Advisor/Principal, Ehlers (presentation)
Stephen Friedman, President, SB Friedman Development Advisors (Power Point presentation and PDFs- What to Expect from Your Municipal Advisor and Understanding Disclosure Responsibilities)


12:30 – 1:15 p.m.



1:30 – 2:15 p.m. 



The Future of Retail and Automotive Sales

Kelly Cofer, CCIM, President & CEO, The Retail Coach (presentation)
Carl Woodward, CPA, Woodward Associates (presentation)

  2:15 – 2:30 p.m. 


2:30 – 3:30 p.m. 





   Future Trends in Labor Markets

   Greg Kuhn, Assistant Director, Center for Governmental Studies, Moderator
   Mike Wojcik, Senior Vice President/Principal, The Horton Group (presentation)
   Sarah McKee, President, GovHR USA (presentation)
   Ben Gehrt, Attorney, Clark Baird Smith (presentation)


Credits: CEU – Earn 0.5; CPE - Earn 6

ICMA Credentialed Manager Practice Area: Practice Area 11 Financial Analysis



Thank you to our Sponsors!