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MMA Skeptical About Value of Proposed Illinois Bond Program
February 17, 2017 Illinois legislation to establish a new borrowing program for home rule governments may look good on the surface, but won’t...

Roosevelt Slides Further Into Junk
February 16, 2017 Chicago-based Roosevelt University’s rating was dropped further into junk territory over its ongoing enrollment struggles that...

Illinois Governor's Budget Proposal Assumes a Compromise
February 16, 2017 IIlinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed fiscal 2018 budget banks additional tax revenue from the so-called “grand bargain” to...

Rauner Lays Down His Cards in Illinois
February 15, 2017 Calling passage of a compromise budget plan a matter of “political will,” Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner offered his support for...

Midwest Muni Issuance Surged in 2016
February 14, 2017 Issuers in the Midwest sold $87.2 billion of municipal bonds in 2016, a 23.4% year-over-year increase that was the biggest of...

Chicago Schools Sue State Over Funding
February 14, 2017 The Chicago Board of Education and a group of parents sued Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Illinois Board of Education, charging...

Chicago Mayor Talks Up Express Rail to Airport
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Tough Medicine Suggested for Illinois Budget
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Judge Signs Off on St. Louis Tax Questions
February 10, 2017 St. Louis voters will decide whether to raise taxes to fund a light-rail expansion and other projects and to cover the city's...

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February 9, 2017 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker laid out a two-year, $76 billion budget that offers a mix of tax cuts, more school funding, and...

Illinois Budget Fix Falters in State Senate
February 8, 2017 The Illinois Senate passed along party lines three of the 11 bills that make up a proposed “Grand Bargain” budget fix before a...

Mesirow Names Mondi President
February 8, 2017 Chicago-based Mesirow Financial Inc. is tapping its capital markets division president Dominick Mondi to serve as company...

A New Borrowing Route May Open for Illinois Governments
February 7, 2017 Tucked into the Illinois Senate's "Grand Bargain" budget legislation is a bill to authorize a new type of local government...

Chicago Schools Freeze Some Funds
February 7, 2017 Chicago Public Schools froze $46 million in discretionary funds it distributes to schools and $5 million in administrative...

Why a Leading Illinois Lawmaker Fears Downgrade to Junk
February 6, 2017 Illinois faces junk ratings without a solution to the state’s 19-month-old budget stalemate, Senate President John Cullerton...

St. Louis Ballot Proposals Await Court Decision
February 6, 2017 St. Louis is hoping the courts will allow voters to decide this spring tax increase proposals to fund a light-rail expansion...

Ratings at Stake as Illinois Lawmakers Return to Springfield
February 3, 2017 Illinois lawmakers will return to work after another rating downgrade, with warnings of more to come as the state enters its...

Rauner Taps Munger as a Deputy Governor
February 3, 2017 Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner named former state Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger to the post of deputy governor.

Caterpillar Move A Blow to Peoria's Image, Not Its Rating
February 2, 2017 Peoria, Ill., its school district, and local county credits are expected to withstand the blow of Caterpillar Inc.’s decision...

Fitch Calls Out Moody's on Chicago Schools Analysis
February 1, 2017 Fitch Ratings issued a report to criticize Moody’s Investors Services’ recent assessment of Chicago Public Schools.


What does the muni market have in store for us in 2017 after a record breaking year issuance-wise in 2016? Kevin Dunphy, managing director and head of public finance for Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, talks about the overall outlook for the muni market, what he sees for issuance in 2017, and addresses shrinking underwriter spreads and what, if anything, can be done to increase those margins. Hosted by Aaron Weitzman.

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