Amanda Kass

Associate director of UIC's Government Finance Research Center


Amanda Kass

Amanda Kass

When it comes to fiscal policies and pension funding by state and local governments, there seem to be more questions than answers – especially in Illinois.

With research expertise in state and local finance, Amanda Kass aims to bring information to the public domain to help taxpayers better understand the fiscal health of their local governments and how some municipalities may be vulnerable. Among her specialties is pension funding, which includes a current study of police and fire pension funds in Illinois.

Her work has appeared in Chicago Magazine and Urban Affairs Review. She has been interviewed by various media outlets, including Bloomberg, the Bond Buyer, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, Reuters, Tax Analysts, and WTTW-TV’s “Chicago Tonight.”

Prior to joining UIC in 2018, Kass held positions at the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability and the University of Chicago’s Center for Municipal Finance.

Subject areas:

  • Government Finance
  • Fiscal analysis
  • Housing
  • Pensions
  • Public Budgeting
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