Center for Municipal Finance

A unique focus on the role of public finance in society

The Center for Municipal Finance enables students and faculty to engage the major financial issues of the day facing state and local governments in the U.S. and around the globe. Some of the topical and enduring issues of municipal finance include financing infrastructure, the use of municipal bonds, privatization, pension liabilities and the efficacy of reform, tax base adequacy, and more. "We need to rethink the practices and techniques of contemporary municipal finance to provide government services more efficiently and to manage pressing problems related to the public sector," said Chicago Harris Associate Professor Christopher Berry, who directs the center.

Hot Topics

Voters in Illinois approved a new provision to the Illinois Constitution, the “Lockbox Amendment,” this election. The Center for Municipal Finance's commentary, "More Questions than Answers: Illinois Transportation Taxes and Fees Lockbox," examines the potential fiscal consequences of the proposed amendment. The Center's commentary has been cited by Capitol FaxCrain's Chicago Business, the Bond Buyer, Chicago Sun-Times, the Pantagraph, Chicago Magazineand DNAinfo.

Recent and Upcoming Events

January 17-19, 2017
Center for Municipal Finance Executive-in-Residence Program:
Governor Bob Holden

Bob Holden, former Governor of Missouri, will be the Center for Municipal Finance's Executive-in-Residence January 17-19, 2017. While at Harris Governor Holden will give three lunchtime lectures. All lectures will take place in room 224 at Harris and lunch will be served at each one. Register for the lunches here. Governor Holden will also have office hours in room 221A after each lecture where students can meet with him one-on-one. Schedule a meeting with Governor Holden here.

November 10, 2016
Chris Berry to speak at the Chicago Municipal Analysts Society's post-election municipal market outlook.

After the 2016 election Professor Chris Berry will join Natalie Cohen (Managing Director and Head of Municipal Securities Research – Senior Analyst at Wells Fargo Securities) and Joe Mysak (Editor of the daily Bloomberg Brief, “Municipal Market,” Bloomberg News) to discuss results and the municipal market outlook.

October 14, 2016
Conversations with Richard Ryffel, President of the Normandy Schools Collaborative in Ferguson Missouri

Join the Center for Municipal Finance for lunch and a conversation with Richard Ryffel, President of the Normandy Schools Collaborative, an urban school district under state academic and financial oversight that serves Ferguson, Missouri. Session 1: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Careers in the Municipal Bond Industry for Public Policy Students. Session 2: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Running a Fiscally Stressed School District in Ferguson, Missouri