Institute of Government and Public Affairs


The Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA) is the place where world-class research and policy meet. Over the past 73 years, IGPA has worked to ensure that the University of Illinois System’s world-class scholars bring their immense research, knowledge and understanding to bear on pressing policy issues, on behalf of the people of Illinois. Today, IGPA has evolved into the people’s policy think tank, providing evidence-based research and data-driven analysis connecting scholars and their work to decision-makers in Illinois, the Midwest, and the nation. IGPA strives to identify the most pressing policy topics to help guide their scholarly work and serve as a bridge connecting policymakers and thought leaders to objective research gathered using the most appropriate research methods critical to all policy conversations. In 2020, IGPA launched the IGPA Task Force on the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic putting scores of scholars into conversation with policymakers. Their policy publications have undergirded conversations on public health, fiscal recovery, community resilience, and more. IGPA’s scholars also collaborate within focused working groups, including - Education, Learning and Child and Family Well-Being, - Equity, Justice and Human Flourishing, - Fiscal and Economic Policy, and - Substance Use Disorders and Behavioral Health.

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  • Gaines, Brian J.; Fretwell-Wilson, Robin; Mazzone, Jason; Mettler, Matthew; Miller, Andrea (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2022-05-10)
    The University of Illinois System’s Institute for Government and Public Affairs and the National Center for State Courts jointly conducted the COVID-19 and the State Courts Study between August 2020 and July 2021. The first ...


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  • Merriman, David F.; Disher, Michael; Choi, Francis; Hu, Xiaoyan (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2022-04-19)
    In her book, Flat Earth: The history of an infamous idea, 1 Christine Garwood explains that from medieval times, long predating Christopher Columbus’ famous voyages, educated people knew that the earth was not flat. ...


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  • Kriz, Kenneth; Johnson, Craig L. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2022-01-13)
    There was much uncertainty and concern during the early days of the pandemic about the finances of state and local governments. Lower-rated bond issuers, like the state of Illinois and some other state and local governments, ...


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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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  • 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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