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Policy Profiles

Policy Profiles is a series of research reports published periodically by Northern Illinois University’s Center for Governmental Studies (CGS).  The reports present the insights and findings of CGS studies and discussions focused on matters of public policy and managerial concern to local governments:  to cities, villages, and towns; counties; school districts; townships; and special districts.  While the primary focus of Policy Profiles is on local governments in Illinois, most of what is reported through Policy Profiles is of interest and concern both to local government officials and to public affairs observers, scholars, and students throughout the United States and the world.

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Available to download below, in the order of publication with the most recent listed first, are the individual research reports published by CGS.

Vol. 17 No. 1, June 2017
Unemployment, Labor Force Participation and The Illinois Work Force

Vol. 16 No. 3, September 2016
The Big Unknown: How Much Money Do Illinois' Local Governments Spend Annually?

Vol. 16 No. 2, July 2016
Modernizing Illinois Governments and Improving Their Efficiency

Vol. 16 No. 1, March 2016
Restoring Economic Vitality To Rural American Communities

Vol. 15 No. 3, October 2015
Workforce Turnover and Replacement In Downstate Illinois

Vol.15 No. 2, June 2015
Locally Produced Food: A Way To Grow More Food And The Economy

Vol. 15 No. 1, February 2015
Big Changes Around the Corner for Public Sector Financial Reporting: How Illinois Can Prepare and Take A Leadership Role

Vol. 13 No. 3, December 2014
The Back to the Cities Movement: Will It Help Illinois’ Smaller Cities?

Vol. 13 No. 2, October 2014
Illinois in the Post-Recession Recovery: A Fresh Look at the State’s Progress

Vol. 13 No. 1, May 2014
Too Many Governments in Illinois? What is the Impact on Townships?

Policy Profiles Archives 1999-2013