Browse IGPA Reports by Title

  • Mooney, Christopher Z. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-04-14)
    Interest politics, as opposed to party politics, make fixing Illinois’ budget problems very complex and difficult. All people and businesses have multiple and overlapping interests in what the state does. Thinking about ...

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  • Merriman, David F. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-18)
    Business taxes are often a point of debate in discussions about raising state revenue. Economists have not come to a consensus on an ideal business tax strategy. Illinois uses the business tax similarly to most other states. ...

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  • Fullerton, Don; Karney, Daniel (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-20)
    Illinois is faced with seemingly insurmountable fiscal problems. Public pensions are still not out of the woods. Bills aren’t getting paid on time. The state’s credit rating is in the dungeon. Ideas for curing the state’s ...

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  • Gordon, Rachel A; Krysan, Maria; Colaner, Anna (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2012-02-08)
    The 2012 Chicago Area Study surveyed 229 center directors in 33 ZIP Codes on the West and North sides of Chicago. We prepared a set of initial research briefs to disseminate basic study findings. This CAS 2012 Research ...

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  • GORDON, RACHEL A.; KAESTNER, ROBERT, ABNER, KRISTEN, KOREMAN, SANDERS (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2012-03-01)
    CHILD CARE FOOD SUBSIDIES.3.2012 ABNER, GORDON, KORENMAN, KAESTNER In 2008, nearly 15 percent of U.S. households were food insecure, meaning the household members lacked consistent access to enough food for healthy ...

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  • Fullerton, Don (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-18)
    Fixing the Illinois state budget requires more than simply balancing revenue and expenditures. Government budgeting also requires establishing the right mix of public goods and services in a way that is fair and efficient ...

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  • Merriman, David F.; Crosby, Andrew; Dye, Richard (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2016-02-15)
    New analysis by the Fiscal Futures Project finds that Illinois’ budget impasse has put spending on autopilot while revenue is down significantly. This perfect storm of decreased revenue and uncoordinated spending is causing ...

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  • Merriman, David F. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 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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  • Kriz, Kenneth A. (2021-01-26)
    We examine Illinois state revenue impacts to date from the COVID-19 pandemic and associated mitigation measures. Unlike other estimates, which have been model based and prospective, we retrospectively model revenue receipts ...

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  • GORDON, RACHEL A.; ABNER, KRISTIN (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2013-02-20)
    Differential Response to Child Abuse and Neglect in Illinois What is differential response? How might Illinois use it to support families? By Kristin Abner and Rachel A. Gordon In 2009, the Illinois Department of ...

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  • Deryugina, Tatyana; Fullerton, Don; KONAR, MEGAN; REIF, JULIAN (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2018-06-28)
    Crop insurance has become an important part of the national agricultural system in the United States. It was instituted to protect farmer incomes in times of volatile production, for example because of droughts or floods. ...

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  • Fullerton, Don; Reif, Julian; Konar, Megan (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2016-07-26)
    This policy brief provides an overview of research on climate change and air pollution, and it discusses the implications for Illinois. The researchers first describe the effects of pollution and then look at trends in ...

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  • GORDON, RACHEL A.; BATES, JULIA; GORDON, RACHEL A.; BATES, JULIA (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2018-07-26)
    Using 21st-century cameras to gather full-day/full-week streams of video in preschool classrooms with minimal disruption. JULY 26, 2018 RACHEL A. GORDON. JULIA BATES As part of the Early Investments Initiative ...

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  • Hewings, Geoffrey J.D.; Kriz, Kenneth; Merriman, David F. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2020-05-27)
    The economic disruption associated with the COVID-19 pandemic came on suddenly and is quite severe. Because much economic data lags actual events by weeks or months, it is still too early to have a complete picture of ...

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  • Fullerton, Don; Reif, Julian; Nafari, Kaveh (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2015-03-23)
    The current fiscal crisis in Illinois affects all parts of the state’s budget. Infrastructure is no exception. For many years Illinois has spent more on highways than it has collected in highway-related revenue. One solution ...

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  • Luby, Martin J. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2017-02-23)
    Governments in Illinois have been forced to spend tens of millions of dollars due to the loss of subsidies in a federal bond program, and could lose hundreds of millions more if the federal budget sequester remains in ...

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  • Dye, Richard; Merriman, David F. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2016-11-30)
    The state of Illinois has operated for many years with a structurally unbalanced budget in the sense that, under the policies in place at the time, government revenue generated by the tax system was insufficient to pay for ...

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  • Dye, Richard F. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2016-11-28)
    The Fiscal Futures Project, which began in 2008, is dedicated to informing the public and policymakers in Illinois about long-term budget issues. The Fiscal Futures Project has developed and refined two important tools ...

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  • Kaestner, Robert; Gallagher, Ryan; Persky, Joseph (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2017-04-18)
    A recent series of studies by the Equality of Opportunity Project has documented substantial geographical differences in intergenerational income mobility. These spatial differences are important because they suggest ...

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  • GORDON, RACHEL A.; WOE, HILLARY L., GARCIA, KARINA (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-20)
    Guarding all infants in sleep 2.20.2014 Rachel A. Gordon, Hillary L. Rowe, and Karina Garcia The loss of a baby is an extremely traumatic event and has enduring effects that ripple out from parents ...

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