Browse IGPA Reports by Title

  • 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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  • Powers, Elizabeth T. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-18)
    The Health and Social Service area of the state of Illinois’ budget has comprised roughly 40 percent of state expenditures in recent years. When leaders decide to cut the state budget, this area is inevitably on the chopping ...

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  • Chapa, Jorge (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2012-02-03)
    Given the rapid growth of the Latino population of Illinois, it is now essential to deepen our understanding of this group. This population increase is occurring at a time when the economy has yet to recover from the Great ...

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  • Hall, Matthew (2012-02-03)
    As mandated by Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution, Congress is required to authorize and fund a complete count of the American population every 10 years. The form of the decennial census has changed over time, from a simple ...

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  • HERRING, CEDRIC (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2013-02-20)
    Life at the Edge: Precarity and Economic Insecurity in Illinois and the United States By Cedric Herring This report examines precarity and economic insecurity in the United States and Illinois. Precarity is a ...

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  • GORDON, RACHEL A.; Crowder, Marisa; Davidson, Laura; Domitrovich, Celene (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2019-01-09)
    School districts across the United States are developing systemic, district-wide approaches to support students’ social and emotional learning (SEL), due to the increasingly recognized role that students’ social-emotional ...

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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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  • Merriman, David F.; Guo, Chuanyi; Qiao, Di (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2018-03-01)
    The state of Illinois finally ended its two-year budget impasse in July 2017 but continues to face a structural fiscal imbalance. We use comprehensive data supplied by the Illinois Comptroller to construct a time series ...

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