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Applications are currently being accepted for the 2015-2016 Wolff Internship at IGPA. The 12-month internship will begin in May and continue through May 2016. It is open to University of Illinois students who will have sophomore, junior and first-semester senior status at the beginning of the 2015-2016 academic year. More information is available here.

Policy conversations sometimes treat child care as an "either/or" choice between two broad types of care: home-based and center-based. A recent study by IGPA expert Rachel Gordon and colleagues Anna Colaner, Margaret L. Usdansky, and Claudia Melgar suggests that this distinction may not fully capture what parents want and use.

The University of Illinois Flash Index rose to 106.8 in January from its 106.5 level in December. The Illinois economy continues to improve as we enter 2015. This month builds on almost three years of slow and steady growth in which the index remained well above 100, the dividing line between growth and decline.


State Journal-Register (Springfield), Feb. 26, 2015
The Associated Press, Feb. 15, 2015
Source:, Feb. 5, 2015

Flash Index Title

The State of the Illinois Economy