Browse IGPA Reports by Title

  • 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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  • Lo Sasso, Anthony T. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-25)
    On March 19, 2013, IGPA teamed with the Illinois Service Federal Savings and Loan Association and the Coalition of African-American Leaders to host a conference about the effects of the foreclosure crisis on Cook County ...

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  • Merriman, David F. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-18)
    Despite enormous recent challenges, Illinois’ economy remains relatively healthy compared to other states. Median family income in Illinois has remained above the national average since at least 1984. After a relatively ...

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  • LUBOTSKY, DARREN (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2016-09-19)
    A study was published in The Journal of Health Economics provides striking data on ways that health care costs have been passed on to employees in the Illinois public school system in the 1990s and 2000s. The research also ...

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  • Merriman, David F.; Dye, Richard; Hudspeth, Nancy (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-20)
    Are we looking at a crisis or a chronic condition? Illinois’ fiscal situation has been precarious for at least a decade – and much longer if pension liabilities are considered. From FY 2003 to 2008, which were good years ...

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  • Merriman, David F.; Kass, Amanda; Bruno, Robert (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2019-02-21)
    The near ubiquitous claim that Illinois is facing a “pension crisis” has rarely been challenged. The failure to examine this customary framing of the fiscal condition of Illinois’ five state pension systems limits ...

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  • Fullerton, Don; Karney, Daniel (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-18)
    According to the dictum “tax waste, not work," Illinois could avoid some increase to the personal income tax on productive labor efforts by instead taxing pollution emissions that contribute to climate change. This short ...

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  • Gordon, Rachel A. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2012-02-03)
    The 2012 Chicago Area Study surveyed 229 center directors in 33 ZIP Codes on the West and North sides of Chicago. All centers and preschools that served three- and four-year-old in these ZIP Codes were eligible, except ...

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  • Kessler, Meghan A. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2020-11-24)
    This report, the seventh in IGPA's Policy Spotlight series, examines the impact the pandemic has had on teachers and school administrators in Illinois. While some of these challenges predated the pandemic, many have been ...

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  • Krysan, Maria; Moberg, Sarah (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2016-09-09)
    How do people feel about race? For those who believe that we live in a post-racial society, this question may seem simple. Although survey data collected since the 1940s do show that racial attitudes held by whites and ...

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  • Fullerton, Don; Reif, Julian; Baylis, Kathy; Konar, Megan; Deryugina, Tatyana (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2015-05-15)
    Illinois needs to prepare now for the coming changes associated with climate change, according to IGPA's Climate Change Policy Initiative. A new report, "Preparing for climate change in Illinois: An overview of expected ...

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  • Gaines, Brian J. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-03-25)
    What are the political prospects of various plans to boost revenue or reduce spending? One way to answer is via opinion polls. Few say they support broad tax increases or spending cuts on education or Medicaid. Targeted ...

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  • KAESTNER, ROBERT, LO SASSO, ANTHONY T. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2013-02-20)
    This report provides an assessment of three state policies that are targeted at the hospital industry in Illinois. The authors take a close look at tax exemptions for not-for-profit hospitals, the Medicaid hospital assessment ...

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  • Kaestner, Robert; Lo Sasso, Anthony T.; Calhoun, Elizabeth (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-20)
    In 2014, Illinois will continue to implement federal health care reform at the state level. Medicaid expansion, the state health insurance exchange, the individual mandate, and the build out of managed care are among the ...

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  • Krysan, Maria (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2015-12-03)
    A new study on the housing search process adds to a growing body of research questioning the myth that racial minorities self-segregate. A 2004-2005 survey of residents of the Chicago area touched on a variety of topics ...

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