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CGS Recent Work

Policy Profiles June 2017: Unemployment, Labor Force Participation and The Illinois Work Force, the recent Policy Profiles issue, examines factors leading to the declining labor force participation rates, especially in rural Illinois, and their possible impact on the work force. It also explores ways to bolster the work force by attracting young adults and keeping experienced workers in the labor force longer.

Vol. 2 lllinois Municipal Policy Journal - Includes two articles by CGS research associates: one by Norman Walzer, Mim Evans and Michael Aquino about Downtown Development issues. The other is by Norman Walzer about Community Supported Enterprises as a Local Investment Strategy.

Vol. 1 lllinois Municipal Policy Journal - Includes two articles by CGS research associates: one by Cory Poris Plasch and Norman Walzer on shared services. The other by Shannon Sohl, Andy Blanke and Norman Walzer on determinants of unrestricted net reserves in Illinois municipalities.

Unemployment, Labor Force Participation and the Illinois Work Force - Report

"Think Globally/Eat Locally" - Video

Community Supported Enterprises - Report

Community Supported Enterprises - Executive Summary

Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force Final Report

Northern Illinois University and Our Region’s Prosperity

A Revitalization Plan for DeKalb, IL

Policy Profile September 2016: The Big Unknown: How Much Money Do Illinois' Local Governments Spend Annually?

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Current CGS Events

   2018 Midwest Leadership Institute

Plan now to attend the 2018 Midwest Leadership Institute March 19-23, 2018. Designed for local government professionals, including chief administrative officers, assistants and department heads, MLI covers a broad array of topics. Registration is now open.  

Civic Leadership Academy

Registration for the 2017-2018 Civic Leadership Academy is open. Plan to attend one or more of the workshops offered. For more information, visit the CLA Page.

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Past CGS Events

2018 Illinois Financial Forecast Forum-January 2018

New Perspectives on Growing Local Economies April 3, 2017

Creative Enterprises and Downtown Prosperity

Growing Your Farmers Market Workshop

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CGS In the News

Bilingual college grads are in demand, says NIU survey

You say goodbye, I say Hello

CGS: Illinois population shifts: Rockford sees substantial decline; Naperville, Elgin, Aurora add residents

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CGS Contact

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DeKalb, Illinois 60115-2828

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