Browse IGPA Reports by Title

  • 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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  • GORDON, RACHEL A. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2018-03-14)
    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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  • Anderson, Nathan B.; Ross, Rob (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2013-02-20)
    This report looks at local governments’ biggest source of revenue: property taxes. The authors provide a primer on how the taxes are calculated, and new formulas for understanding an individual’s tax share. The authors ...

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  • Merriman, David F.; Kriz, Kenneth; Byrnes, Patricia; Cassidy, Glen (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2019-05-07)
    This report provides background information and evidence-based answers in response to questions posed by an Illinois legislator. The questions are: (1) Can you describe the income distribution in Illinois and how this has ...

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  • Gaines, Brian J.; Mooney, Christopher Z.; Kuklinski, James H. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2013-02-20)
    Delving into the complicated and often politically fraught process of redrawing electoral district boundaries after each decennial census, this chapter examines whether there is evidence that the purportedly gerrymandered ...

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  • Brown, Jeffrey; Cunningham, Stevan; Ghosh, Avijit; Merriman, David; Weisbenner, Scott (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2013-03-12)
    Jeffrey Brown University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Steven Cunningham Northern Illinois University Avijit Ghosh University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign David Merriman University of Illinois at Chicago Scott Weisbenner ...

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  • GORDON, RACHEL A.; Rowe, Hillary L. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2015-01-14)
    On May 20 in Washington DC, IGPA will host a brainstorming meeting regarding unanswered questions in the prevention of infant mortality, particularly risks related to adult-infant bed sharing. Building on the 2013 Family ...

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  • Fretwell-Wilson, Robin; Weine, Stevan; Krishnan, Jerry (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2020-05-01)
    This report identifies several challenges healthcare workers are facing in Illinois during the COVID-19 pandemic. These include the direct health risks to them and their families, as well as issues involving access to ...

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  • Merriman, David F.; Crosby, Andrew (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2013-10-19)
    In January 2011, Illinois enacted legislation that made changes to the personal and corporate income tax rates. These tax increases are scheduled to begin their phase-out in the near future. However, as Illinois continues ...

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