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January 1, 2011

Post-mortems on the 2010 midterm election have quickly segued into forecasts about the 2012 presidential election. Topics under discussion include how durable and cohesive the new Republican House majority will prove to be; who should be regarded as front-runners for the Republican nomination for president; how redistricting will play out in major states and others.

April 1, 2010

Probably the most dramatic immediate reaction to federal health care reform has been legal: in the first month following President Obama’s signing ceremony, 20 states announced that they will join a lawsuit challenging the federal legislation as unconstitutional. In short, opponents allege that the reforms constitute an illegal federal encroachment on policymaking territory reserved for state governments. In fact, such encroachment is not new. Through rules, incentives, and financing, federal policy routinely guides state decisions.

January 20, 2010

The Illinois Report 2010 is an annual examination of crucial issues facing the state of Illinois. For each issue, we examine the current status, draw comparisons with national and regional trends and offer some possible solutions. 

January 20, 2010

Chapter 1 of The Illinois Report 2010

This report provides an overview of the Illinois economy headed into 2010 as the state began to emerge from the 2007-09 recession.

January 20, 2010

Chapter 5 of The Illinois Report 2010

This report examines the history of the Public Agenda for College and Career Success in Illinois, the plans for its implementation and other issues.

January 20, 2010

Chapter 6 of The Illinois Report 2010

This report examines four features of health care reform bills under consideration in 2009, the shortcomings they were intended to address and the implications for businesses and residents in Illinois.

April 1, 2009

At various times advocates, politicians, policy analysts, and concerned citizens have recommended reforms of state small-group and non-group (individual) health insurance markets. The early- to mid-1990s was a period in which health care issues rose to the top of federal and state agendas, and we appear to be entering another such period of acute interest in expanding health insurance coverage.

January 21, 2009

Chapter 2 of The Illinois Report 2009

This report examines the continuing and projected fiscal problems facing Illinois entering 2009 and draws some links between the state's budget and the state's economy.

January 21, 2009

Chapter 4 of The Illinois Report 2009

This report examines racial residential patterns of blacks, whites and Latinos in Illinois.

January 21, 2009

Chapter 8 of The Illinois Report 2009

This report examines the impact of one significant health care issue - obesity - on public policy in Illinois.