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1/20/23 - IL Financial Forecast Forum (CM 3.5) (Hybrid)

Planners will not want to miss this annual forum that provides an economic outlook for the coming year. The Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies', Illinois City/County Management Association (ILCMA), Illinois Government Finance Officers Association (IGFOA) invite you to attend the 11th annual Illinois Financial Forecast Forum: Private Sector Views that will Impact the Public Sector on January 20, 2023 to discuss pertinent economic and financial issues affecting local governments in Illinois.

Join the event in-person or virtually to explore economic conditions and the pressures each exerts on local government fiscal health and gather information to incorporate in your strategic planning, financial forecasts, budget development, and economic development plans.


Date: January 20, 2023

Location: NIU Naperville, 1120 E. Diehl Rd., Naperville OR Virtual using ZOOM Platform

Credits: CEU - Earn .5; CPE - Earn 6.6; CM|3.5 (CM Pending)

Registration Rates:

  • In-Person and Virtual Rates: $99 for first attendee $69 for each additional attendee from same organization

  • $25 for students/interns


  • 8:00 – 8:45 a.m. - Registration/Continental Breakfast

  • 8:45 – 9:00 a.m. - Welcome and Introductions

  • 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. - Economic & Industry Perspectives, Thomas Walstrum, Senior Economist, Chicago Federal Reserve (CM | 1.0 pending)

  • 10:00 – 10:15 a.m. - Break

  • 10:15 – 11:30 a.m. - Future Trends in Employment/Labor Relations, Ben Gehrt, Attorney, Clark Baird Smith

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Lunch 12:15 – 1:00 p.m. - Future Trends in Healthcare, Mike Wojcik, Senior Vice President/Principal, The Horton Group

  • 1:15 – 2:45 p.m. - Real Estate Perspectives (CM | 1.5 pending)

    • Major Forces, Trends and Initiatives That Will Impact Our Communities, Stephen B. Friedman, Founding Partner, SB Friedman, Moderator

    • National Forces That Will Impact Illinois Communities, Mary Ludgin, Senior Managing Director and Head of Global Research, Heitman Real Estate Investment Management

    • Illinois Initiatives Creating Development Opportunity for Communities, Jason Horwitz, Director, Policy Development, Planning and Research, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (Invited)

    • Discussion Panel to Be Identified from Brokerage and Economic Development Communities

  • 2:45 – 3:00 p.m. - Break

  • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. - Dynamic Trends in the Current and Future Retail Environment, Kelly Cofer, CEO, The Retail Coach (CM | 1.0 pending)

The Forum program addresses the following ICMA Practice Areas:

6 (Strategic Leadership) and 12 (Financial Management and Budgeting)

The American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter is providing

(CM) continuing education credits for AICP Certified Planners.

Thank you to corporate sponsors: SB Friedman, Sikich, and Horton.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received by Outreach Registration by January 16, 2023 for a full refund. You may cancel by e-mail ( or by fax (815) 753-6900. Cancellations after January16, 2022 will incur a $50 cancellation fee and no-shows are responsible for the full registration cost. Hosting organizations reserve the right to modify the agenda and/or speakers, cancel the training due to low enrollment. All registrants will receive the recorded seminar and a pdf of the handouts ~ BE SURE TO REGISTER TODAY!


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