Loyola University Chicago
Masters of Urban Affairs 
and Public Policy
Issue: # 4
Spring / 2016

In This Issue


Evan Phillips
City of Chicago
Catherine Turco
Kivvit Strategies
Caitlin McElroy
46th Ward
January 26

Amy Rynell
Heartland Alliance
March 15

Sarah Brune
Illinois Coalition for Campaign Reform
March 22

Celena Roldan-Moreno
American Red Cross


Congratulations to first year MPP Student Isaac Reichman on his selection to be a 2016 City of Chicago Mayor's Office Fellow.


For more information about the MUAPP Program, visit our website


MUAPP Address
Loyola University Chicago
The Graduate School
Lake Shore Campus
1032 W Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60660

Greetings from the Director
Budget showdowns in the state legislature, ballooning pension payments, potential tax increases, Chicago Public School fiscal woes.  Every day seems to bring more bad news about public financial problems at the state and local government levels. 
In this newsletter, we highlight some of the MUAPP program activities related to local fiscal issues.  Both our faculty and alumni highlights focus on people working on public budgeting issues.  Jill Mason Terzakis had taught Public Budgeting and Finance in the MUAPP program for the last four years.  Her career in public finance and her view of the current situation is detailed in this issue. Evan Phillips, a MPP graduate in May 2013, discusses his job as a Senior Budget Analyst for the City of Chicago.
The MUAPP program also has announced a student writing competition on the topic of the City of Chicago's budgeting problems and solutions.  Students are encouraged to submit a 1000-word policy memo on "What is one policy you would recommend to the City of Chicago to improve its financial situation?" Proposals will be evaluated for political feasibility and potential effectiveness by a panel of three faculty in the MUAPP program.  The winner will receive a gift certificate from Amazon.
Other news from the program includes the list of Practitioner Speakers this spring that can be seen on the left. As a part of that Speaker Series, we welcomed three distinguished 2013 graduates back to campus for an Alumni Panel in January. The night was entertaining and informative- video highlights can be seen here.
Finally, congratulations to Isaac Reichman, a first year student in the MPP program.  He was selected to be a 2016 City of Chicago Mayor's Office Fellow.  As described on the Fellow program's website:  " The Mayor's Office Fellowship Program attracts bright, highly motivated individuals, gives them a broad overview of municipal government and provides a unique, "hands-on" experience. Fellows participate in budgetary, legislative, and programmatic areas of city government and work directly with Mayor's Office staff.  Mayoral Fellows are afforded an unparalleled opportunity to learn about public service and policy-making by directly contributing to the executive office of the City of Chicago."  The Fellowship is a nationally competitive program attracting applicants from Harvard, UC-Berkeley and other schools.  Approximately 25 students are selected each year. 
Annette Steinacker, PhD
Director, Urban Affairs and Public Policy Program

Evan Phillips always knew that he wanted a career in government. He never thought, however, that it would be in the budget department. After graduating from Loyola with a Master's in Public Policy in 2013, Evan applied to a number of jobs within the public sector, including a position in the Office of Budget and Management that he never expected to get.

Public finance involves complex processes. As Professor Jill Ma son Terzakis teaches in her Public Budgeting and Finance course, there are many different roles that influence the financial condition of governments. Terzakis understands this better than most- she has played nearly every role at some point in her career. This makes her uniquely qualified to understand the crisis facing our city and our state. Her conclusion: there is hope!
Ea ch year, the MUAPP Program hosts professionals from around  the  Chicago area as part of our Practitioner Lecture Series. For our next event, we are happy to welcome Celena Roldan-Moreno, the CEO of American Red Cross Chicago, to campus on April 5th. For Celena's bio and a full schedule of this year's Practitioners, click  here .
Request for Student Submissions

The MUAPP Program is looking for submissions for its first annual Policy Proposal Contest. Proposals must be submitted by current students and should be a response to the following prompt: What is one policy you would recommend to the City of Chicago to improve its financial situation? Submissions are due on April 22nd and should be no more than 1,000 words. Proposals will be evaluated for content and feasibility by Professors Annette Steinacker, Jill Terzakis, and Ron Gibbs. The winning proposal will be featured in our next newsletter and the winning student will receive a $50 gift card to Amazon. 

For any questions, please email the Program Coordinator at muapp@luc.edu