Browse IGPA Reports by Title

  • 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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  • GORDON, RACHEL A.; GORDON, RACHEL A. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2016-08-31)
    Early childhood education has seen increased high-stakes use of observational measures of child care and preschool quality in recent years. Scoring above or below a particular cut-score on these measures now has substantial ...

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  • GORDON, RACHEL A.; Zinsser, Katherine; Jiang, Xue (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2018-04-11)
    The Early Investments Policy Initiative team presented findings from a systematic review of the literature regarding practices to promote young children's emotional competencies at the American Educational Research Association ...

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  • GORDON, RACHEL A.; Krysan, Maria; Colaner, Anna C.; Lambouths, III, Danny (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-03-18)
    This Preschool Policy Forum documents the many funding sources for Chicago area childcare centers and preschools as well as the frequency and impact of funding disruptions between 2011 and 2012. The study surveyed 229 ...

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  • Merriman, David F. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2020-11-05)
    In November 2020, Illinois voters will consider an amendment that would strike the following two sentences from the Illinois constitution. “A tax on or measured by income shall be at a non-graduated rate. At any one time ...

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  • Merriman, David F. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2013-01-17)
    During the Illinois General Assembly’s January 2013 special session a proposal to limit the so-called Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs), a component of public employee pensions, was much discussed and debated. Under ...

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  • Fretwell Wilson, Robin; Merriman, David F.; Delaney, Jennifer (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2020-04-30)
    National research in the U.S. has shown that postsecondary enrollments are known to be impacted by economic downturns. During the Great Recession (between fall 2007 and fall 2010) total enrollment increased from 18.2 million ...

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  • LUBOTSKY, DARREN (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2012-02-03)
    The funding of public-sector pensions has been among the most hotly debated issues in Illinois recently. State-funded pensions currently do not have enough assets on hand to pay all currently promised benefits. The public ...

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  • Merriman, David F., Hudspeth, Nancy; Crosby, Andrew (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2012-06-12)
    State finances work much like your finances at home. The state has income (revenue) and expenses (sometimes called expenditures). It also has a bank account of sorts (called a fund balance). Each year, the state comes up ...

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