Browse IGPA Reports by Title

  • 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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  • DYE, RICHARD, MERRIMAN, DAVID F., HUDSPETH, NANCY (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2012-02-03)
    Illinois ended 2011 with a better financial situation than it faced a year earlier. However, the state began the year with a hole so deep that not even a massive tax increase and drastic spending cuts could come close to ...

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  • Reif, Julian; Molitor, David (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2021-10-14)
    The advent of cheap digital storage and powerful computer processing has driven an explosion of data collection and empirical research on topics ranging from public health initiatives to stock returns to climate policy. ...

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  • Fullerton, Don; Karney, Daniel H. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-11-17)
    The 2014 mid-term election that put Republicans in control of Congress reduced any chance of federal legislative action to limit greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide from electric power plants. However, the executive ...

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  • Drucker, Joshua; Funderburg, Richard; Merriman, David F.; Weber, Rachel (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2018-04-02)
    The authors use data on all business parcels and property tax incentives in Cook County to analyze the use of business tax incentives from 2012 through 2014. By law, Cook County commercial and industrial parcels are ...

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  • Merriman, David F.; Crosby, Andrew (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-03)
    In January 2011, Illinois enacted legislation that: changed personal income tax rates from 3.0 percent, to 5.0 percent in 2011-2014, to 3.75 percent in 2015-2023, and 3.25 percent thereafter; changed corporate income tax ...

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  • Merriman, David F.; Kriz, Kenneth A.; Kass, Amanda (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2020-04-09)
    We model the fiscal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and stay at home orders on Illinois’ fiscal situation. Prominent forecasters’ recently published estimates range from short and modest declines in U.S. GDP to declines ...

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  • GORDON, RACHEL A.; Superfine, Benjamin (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2018-10-19)
    This policy brief looks at policies that affect what scholars call the school improvement industry. It focuses on how products developed within this industry - many with development and use paid for by public schools ...

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  • Fullerton, Don; Vrouenraets, Maarten (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2015-09-01)
    The U.S. Clean Power Plan will require states to reduce carbon emissions significantly by 2030. The mandate allows states to decide how to reach this target. Rather than relying on coal-fired power plants, Illinois can ...

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