Politics & Government

Nonpartisan examination of the workings of state and national institutions, including legislatures, bureaucracy, and electoral systems

Legislative redistricting in the 50 states in 2010: Best practices

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Chapter 10 of The Illinois Report 2011

This report examines and evaluates criteria and mechanisms that the 50 states used to draw legislative and congressional district boundaries.


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Illinois college and career readiness pilot initiative

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  • Debra Bragg
  • Lorenzo Baber
  • Erin Castro

Chapter 8 of The Illinois Report 2011

This report examines the College and Career Readiness Pilot Program in Illinois, passed by the General Assembly in 2007, which puts community colleges together with high schools to better prepare students for transition to college.


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School vouchers and charter schools in Illinois

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Chapter 7 of The Illinois Report 2011

This report examines charter schools and voucher programs in Illinois and discusses whether they improve performance of public schools and educational opportunity.


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American dream to nightmare

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  • Cedric Herring

Chapter 4 of The Illinois Report 2011

This report reviews the mortgage and housing crisis during the Great Recession and provides policy ideas to slow the tide of foreclosures and repossessions.


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Declining house prices and property taxes in Illinois

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  • Daniel P. McMillen

Chapter 3 of The Illinois Report 2011

This report reviews evidence of the relationship between property values and taxes, concluding that falling property values do not necessarily lead to lower property taxes.


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Titanic and sinking: The Illinois budget disaster

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  • Nancy Hudspeth

Chapter 2 of The Illinois Report 2011

This report reviews the dire fiscal situation facing the state of Illinois at the start of 2011 and examines the difficult policy questions facing state lawmakers and officials.


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Illinois' economy: Past trends, current challenges, future prospects

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  • Xuan Yin

Chapter 1 of The Illinois Report 2011

This report reviews economic conditions in Illinois entering 2011.


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Opportunities for reform and culture change in Illinois politics

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  • James D. Nowlan
  • Richard J. Winkel

Chapter 9 of The Illinois Report 2010

This chapter reviews the opportunities for political reform in Illinois in the context of actions taken by the Illinois General Assembly in 2009 and 2010, and consideration of the future role of higher education in going beyond legislation in helping to change the political climate.


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Price supports and climate change

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  • Nicholas D. Paulson

Chapter 8 of The Illinois Report 2010

This report examines policy issues related to agriculture in Illinois and how emerging policies related to climate change might affect that industry.


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Waste and recycling in Illinois

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  • Sarah Miller

Chapter 7 of The Illinois Report 2010

This report examines policies related to easte management in Illinois, providing an overview of state mandates and compares garbage and recycling policies enacted by different local governments in the state.


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