April 14, 2009
Title: The Role of Race in Illinois' Economy and Education System
Speaker: Ralph Martire, Executive Director, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA)
Great Cities Institute
Suite 400 CUPPA Hall
412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607
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Vernon D. Jarrett 2008-2009 Great Cities Fellow James Compton's program on the state of the African American Male presents Ralph Martire discussing "The Role of Race in Illinois' Economy and Education System."
Ralph Martire is a regular columnist for a number of local newspapers on public policy and good government and a former columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. Mr. Martire served on the budget advisory board of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's transition team, where he acted as chairperson of the state revenue subcommittee. He was the principal author of a study at the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA) that identified revenue enhancement proposals. Five of the proposals in the study became state law. Mr. Martire is a key member of the research team that produces "State of Working Illinois" reports, a joint project of CTBA and Northern Illinois University which detail industry, employment, wage and benefit trends in Illiniois. A frequent lecturer on fiscal policy, Ralph Martire has taught fiscal policy and the politics of education at Illinois State University, Benedictine University, Roosevelt University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a featured expert on tax policy for numerous television and radio news programs and has taught tax policy seminars for local, national and international organizations.
Ralph Martire has received many awards for his personal and professional activism for equal educational opportunities, including the 2008 Friend of Education Award presented by the Illinois Education Association-NEA, the 2007 Champion of Freedom Award presented bby the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, and the 2004 Ben C. Hubbard Leadership Award presented by Illinois State University.
Mr. Martire has a BA in history from Indiana University and a JD from the University of MIchigan. Prior to joining CTBA he was a partner in a law firm specializing in intellectual property, structured finance and mergers and acquisitions. He is marred to Mary Kay Martire and has two children.