The Illinois Update is an educational media project affiliated with the Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI). ILEPI supports research and provides timely, candid, and dynamic analyses on major subjects affecting the economies of Illinois and the Midwest, specializing in the construction industry. The purpose of The Illinois Update is to report on public policies that impact Illinois. In particular, our goal is to update the residents of Illinois about “high-road” solutions to advance broad-based prosperity for all.
Frank Manzo IV, MPP – Frank Manzo IV, MPP is the Policy Director of the Illinois Economic Policy Institute. Prior to working at ILEPI, he worked at the University of Illinois Labor Education Program and in the Federal Reserve system. He earned a Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an Advanced Certificate of Labor Studies from the University of Illinois Labor Education Program. His research interests include labor market analysis, economic development, infrastructure investment, the low-wage labor force, and public finance. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
Mary Craighead, MUP, AICP – Mary Craighead, AICP is the Transportation Policy Analyst at the Illinois Economic Policy Institute. Prior to joining ILEPI, she served as the Coordinator for the Victoria, TX Metropolitan Planning Organization and Senior Transportation Planner for the City of Victoria, TX. She earned a Master of Urban Planning and Graduate Certificate in Transportation Planning from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Evansville. Her research interests include transportation planning and policy, community development, energy policy, infrastructure investment, and environmental policy. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jill Manzo – Jill Manzo is the Midwest Researcher at the Illinois Economic Policy Institute. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies from Iowa State University. Her research interests include income inequality, infrastructure investment, economic development, education policy, and the overall labor force. She can be contacted at email@example.com.
Allison Taylor – Allison Taylor is the Comptroller at the Illinois Economic Policy Institute. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from Benedictine University. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mira Staykova – Research Intern