October 11, 2011

Media Availability – Dan R. Long

Reporters, photographers and camera crews are welcome to attend a media availability with Dan R. Long, executive director of Illinois’ Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability, at 10:45 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 13, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.  Associate Director Matt Baughman will host the event in the Institute lobby.  For more information contact Baughman at 618/453-4009 or 618/201-0082.

Holland will present a power-point presentation on Illinois’ fiscal year 2012 economic forecast and revenue estimates later in the day during a lecture on campus.  He will present the John White Lecture Series at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Center Ballroom B.

The bi-partisan legislative commission, formerly the Illinois Economic and Fiscal Commission, provides the Illinois General Assembly with research and information on state and national economies, revenues, operations, pensions, group insurance and state government debt.

Long’s appearance comes the day after the Commission holds two facility closure hearings in the region.  The Commission will hold separate hearings Wednesday, Oct. 12, on proposals to close the Illinois Youth Center in Murphysboro and the Chester Mental Health Center.

The luncheon and lecture are free and open to the public, but advance registration is required for meal considerations and seating is limited. To register, contact Christina Rich, Institute project coordinator, at 618/453-4078 or by email at clrich@siu.edu by Tuesday, Oct. 11.  Open seating will be available for those who wish to only listen to the speech and not be included in the meal.

The lecture will also be available via live stream for free on the Institute’s website, paulsimoninstitute.org/.