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#558 Online: Chicago's Pension Challenge: Understanding Why the Pension Funds are Underfunded

Livestream @ 7pm Agenda

  • 6:30pm: ChiCommons/Chi Hack Night Pre-Party
    Socialize, touch base, and share what you plan on doing at Chi Hack Night
  • 7:00pm: Livestream presentation starts
    Announcements and feature presentation with Q&A YouTube automatic closed captioning will be available.
  • 8:00pm: Open zoom call 3-word intros, community announcements & breakout group pitches

For years Chicago’s public pension funds have garnered headlines about their dismal funding levels. But what does it mean for a pension fund to be deemed “underfunded”? Moreover, how did Chicago get into this situation? This presentation focuses on the funding history of Chicago’s four public pension funds and why their low levels of funding are a thorny problem. It also discusses state laws that went into effect in 2016 and 2017 that are meant to resolve the underfunding problem in the long-term.

Amanda Kass is an Assistant Professor at the School of School of Public Service at DePaul University. Her research concerns public finance (with a subspecialty in public pensions), housing markets, urban governance, and financialization. She has been researching Illinois’ public pension funds since 2011.

Closed Captioning YouTube automatic closed captioning will be available on our YouTube Livestream.

ASLThis event will not have an American Sign Language interpreter.

Civic hacking After the presentation, we will break out into learning and prototyping groups.

Breakout groups
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Sponsor Chi Hack Night Community

Amanda Kass (she/her), Assistant Professor at the School of School of Public Service at DePaul University

7:00pm Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Chi Hack Night YouTube Livestream