Browse IGPA Reports by Issue Date

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • GORDON, RACHEL A.; KAESTNER, ROBERT, ABNER, KRISTEN, KOREMAN, SANDERS (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2012-03-01)
    CHILD CARE FOOD SUBSIDIES.3.2012 ABNER, GORDON, KORENMAN, KAESTNER In 2008, nearly 15 percent of U.S. households were food insecure, meaning the household members lacked consistent access to enough food for healthy ...

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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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  • 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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  • GORDON, RACHEL A.; ABNER, KRISTIN (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2013-02-20)
    Differential Response to Child Abuse and Neglect in Illinois What is differential response? How might Illinois use it to support families? By Kristin Abner and Rachel A. Gordon In 2009, the Illinois Department of ...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Dye, Richard; Merriman, David F. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2013-02-20)
    This report discusses decisions that must be made now to set the state budget on a path toward balance. The authors observe that although progress has been made toward sustainability through policies implementing cost ...

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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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  • 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.; 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; 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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  • 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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  • Mooney, Christopher Z. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-18)
    As the introductory reports in the IGPA Budget Policy Toolbox demonstrate, projected state spending in Illinois outpaces projected revenue for the next several years, with the gap increasing over time. IGPA’s Fiscal Futures ...

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  • Merriman, David F. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-18)
    Business taxes are often a point of debate in discussions about raising state revenue. Economists have not come to a consensus on an ideal business tax strategy. Illinois uses the business tax similarly to most other states. ...

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