Browse Policy Spotlight by Issue

  • Fretwell Wilson, Robin; Zellner, Moira; Zandiatashbar, Ahoura (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2020-04-28)
    COVID-19 has created a crisis with little precedent. Illinoisans have lost family members. People have died in hospitals alone. But the human toll of the pandemic can be measured in more than lives lost. There have been ...

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  • Parker, Brenda; Smith, Janet (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2021-07-29)
    COVID-19 has amplified gendered disparities in caregiving, work, and housing in the United States. This Policy Spotlight brings together the latest research and data to discuss the intersection of these disparities with ...

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  • Fretwell-Wilson, Robin; Kim, Sage; Jostrand, Tim; Mirza, Ali (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2020-07-06)
    This policy spotlight documents the growing concern for the health of the incarcerated population and explores the implication of unabated COVID-19 outbreaks in Illinois prisons for the health of Illinois communities where ...

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  • Gaines, Brian J.; Mooney, Christoper Z.; Redfield, Kent (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2020-07-13)
    The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in most states making numerous changes to electoral procedures, in an effort to assist those voters wishing to avoid crowded polling places, and the health risks they pose. Illinois, like ...

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  • Gaines, Brian J. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2020-09-29)
    To monitor some effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Illinois, IGPA established a diverse panel of experts in economics, public health, and vulnerable populations, throughout the state. Panelists agreed to complete periodic ...

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  • Powers, Elizabeth (2020-06-19)
    Paid, out-of-home care plays a foundational role in U.S. labor markets. This Policy Spotlight describes the early impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on child care businesses, charts federal and state efforts to keep child ...

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  • Kessler, Meghan A. (2020-11-24)
    During the COVID-19 pandemic, the professional realities of teachers were upended to a degree experienced by few other professionals. Yet, the importance of high-quality, well-supported teachers was never more apparent. ...

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  • Hewings, Geoffrey; Kriz, Kenneth A.; Merriman, David F. (2020-05-27)
    Analysis of the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the state of Illinois’ economy, using an annual econometric-input-output model, revealed that even though the initial or direct impacts were concentrated in three sectors, ...

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  • Fiese, Barbara; Fuller, Tamara; Goulet, Betsy; Fretwell-Wilson,Robin (2020-05-14)
    Children at Risk: Ensuring Child Safety During the Pandemic The week that Illinois schools and most child care centers closed to “flatten the curve” of the coronavirus, calls to the Illinois child abuse and neglect hotline ...

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  • Krishnan, Jerry; Weine, Stevan; Fretwell-Wilson, Robin (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, University of Illinois System, 2020-05-01)
    Supporting the Healthcare Workforce in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Healthcare Workforce Impact Group Jerry Krishnan, Robin Fretwell-Wilson, Stevan Weine SARS-CoV-2, a new coronavirus disease first identified ...

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  • Kass, Amanda; Kriz, Kenneth A.; Merriman, David F. (2020-04-09)
    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused upheaval in the U.S. economy but there is great uncertainty about the depth and duration of the disruption. This report forecasts that tax revenue will plummet. The size of the revenue ...

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  • Fretwell-Wilson, Robin; Zandiatashbar, Ahoura; Zellner, Moira (2020-04-28)
    COVID-19 has created a crisis with little precedent. Illinoisans have lost family members. People have died in hospitals alone. But the human toll of the pandemic can be measured in more than lives lost. There have been ...

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  • Cordova, Teresa; Weine, Stevan (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2020-04-16)
    To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and alleviate the pressure on medical resources, state and local governments in Illinois mandated measures of social distancing, including sheltering at home. While necessary during a ...

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  • Layser, Michelle D.; Greenlee, Andrew J.; De Barbieri, Edward W.; Kaye, Tracy A.; Saito, Blaine G. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, University of Illinois System, 2021-03-30)
    Governments and public health authorities face a seemingly intractable paradox during the COVID-19 pandemic. Key tools used to manage public health dimensions of the crisis, stay-at-home orders and business shutdowns, have ...

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  • Merriman, David F. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, University of Illinois System, 2020-10-29)
    The COVID-19 pandemic brought widespread health, social and economic hardship to households and businesses across Illinois, the nation, and the world. This report provides an initial look at some early evidence regarding ...

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