Browse IGPA Reports by Title

  • 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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  • Dye, Richard; Merriman, David; Hudspeth, Nancy (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-01-30)
    Illinois has a chronic, structural fiscal problem so huge that it cannot be eliminated by increases in economic growth alone, increases in taxes alone, or—alas— aggressive pension changes alone.1 In early December 2013 the ...

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  • Luby, Martin J. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2016-01-16)
    The state of Illinois recently sold its first bond issue since the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the pension reform legislation in May 2015 and during a period when the state is still without a budget - both of which ...

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  • Luby, Martin J. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2016-06-20)
    Analysis by the Fiscal Futures Project demonstrates the consequences of the state's poor credit rating. On June 16 the state of Illinois sold $550 million in General Obligation Bonds. This was the first bond issue ...

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  • Merriman, David F.; Choi, Francis; Disher, Michael (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2021-07-27)
    In recent years, more than one out of every four dollars spent by the state of Illinois went to Medicaid,¹ and more than one out of five state residents got their healthcare through the program. Nationally, ...

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  • Merriman, David F.; Choi, Francis; Disher, Michael (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2021-07-27)
    In recent years, more than one out of every four dollars spent by the state of Illinois went to Medicaid,¹ and more than one out of five state residents got their healthcare through the program. Nationally, ...

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  • Krysan, Maria; Hall, Matthew; Washington, Patrick (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2013-04-05)
    The Chicago metropolitan area has long been the destination of immigrants from around the world. One of the features of the most recent wave of immigration is that immigrants are moving not just to the city of Chicago, but ...

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  • Merriman, David F.; Dye, Richard; Crosby, Andrew (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2015-11-07)
    Illinois does not follow basic principles of sound budgeting recommended by fiscal experts. This research suggests ways that Illinois and other states can reform practices to avoid fiscal crises in the future. Two ...

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  • Merriman, David F. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2019-01-31)
    Tax increment financing (TIF), a popular economic development tool across the United States, often falls short of its promise to revitalize struggling neighborhoods. TIF earmarks property tax revenue increases (or “increments”) ...

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  • Reif, Julian (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-18)
    This report estimates the revenue and distributional effects of increasing the state’s cigarette excise tax by $0.50 per pack from $1.98 to $2.48. After taking into account the behavioral responses of smokers, Reif estimates ...

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  • Fullerton, Don (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-04-14)
    This paper explains the benefit of taking a holistic approach to evaluating fiscal reforms. Different state taxes can interact in complicated ways, making the pros and cons of altering any one of them difficult to evaluate ...

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