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April 5, 2013

One local-level trend related to the growth of the immigrant population has been the influx of immigrants into the Chicago suburbs, either from the city, or directly from their home countries. Lake County, a region that includes the suburbs Highland Park, Highwood, North Chicago, Round Lake/Round Lake Beach, and Waukegan, has experienced a 332 percent increase in its largely Latino immigrant population since 1980. That’s a near tripling of the population in less than 35 years.

February 20, 2013

The Illinois Report 2013 is is an annual examination of critical issues facing the state of Illinois. For each of these issues, we examine the current status, draw comparisons with national and regional trends and offer some possible solutions. 

February 20, 2013

Chapter 6 of The Illinois Report 2013

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 program, and the Certificate of Need laws. The authors discuss strategies to alter these policies in a way that could lower costs and create a more competitive, higher quality hospital industry.

February 20, 2013

Chapter 7 of The Illinois Report 2013

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 maps played a role in the 2012 election. Using the 2012 U.S. House election, the authors reveal why partisan control of the process should be regarded with suspicion.

February 3, 2012

The Illinois Report 2012 is an annual examination of critical issues facing the state of Illinois. For each of these issues, we examine the current status, draw comparisons with national and regional trends and offer some possible solutions. 

May 25, 2011

Once every 10 years, states engage in what is known as redistricting or drawing the electoral map. This process has great influence on or even determines the outcome of elections over the 10 years that follow. Redistricting is a task necessary to reflect the changes in population of a state over the previous 10 years as documented by the United States Census.

March 1, 2011

Perhaps the most profound demographic trend over the last three decades has been the rapid growth in the immigrant population: the rise in the number of foreigners living in the U.S. is transforming communities, politics, and the economy. While overshadowed to some extent by debates over healthcare, the financial meltdown, and the Great Recession, immigration policy continues to be a highly contentious issue that cuts across traditional party lines and ideologies.

February 16, 2011

The first official census counts revealed population changes in Illinois, including declining populations in Chicago, growing collar counties, and changes to racial demographics.

Highlights 

1. Illinois grew by 411,399 during the 2000s—a relatively small increase of 3.3 percent

January 20, 2011

Chapter 1 of The Illinois Report 2011

This report reviews economic conditions in Illinois entering 2011.

January 20, 2011

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.