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The Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University provides expertise that helps decision-makers implement efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches to economic, social, and information management issues.


NIU CGS Celebrating
50 Years in 2019!

Shaping our Future:  Purpose, Partnership, Possibilities
Framing Sustainable Solutions

On Nov. 7, 2019, a one-day convening will be held on NIU’s DeKalb campus to celebrate CGS’s five decades of generating and sharing knowledge with its many university and external partners and chart a course for the future. This celebration will not only highlight the important accomplishments of CGS, but also be future-focused: how to understand and harness the vast demographic, economic, environmental, and technological forces that are reshaping our world. Visit our 50th Anniversary page for more details!

Current CGS Programs

Civic Leadership Academy: Register now for the 2018-2019 Civic Leadership Academy. Visit the CLA Page.

Illinois Township Management Academy Workshop 2019: The NIU Department of Public Administration and CGS are working with the Illinois Township Management Academy to offer the “Responding to Vulnerable Populations in Your Community” workshop on Friday, April 12, from 9:00 am-noon, at NIU’s Naperville Campus, 1120 E Diehl Rd, Naperville, IL. Participants will have the opportunity to earn CEU credit.  A continental breakfast will be provided. "Responding to Vulnerable Populations in Your Community," will be presented by Dr. Adrienne Holloway, Chief Innovation Officer, City of Aurora. Visit the ITMA page for more details and registration.


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Save the Date:
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019

CGS Contact

Center for Governmental Studies
Northern Illinois University
Monat Building
148 N. Third St., DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone: 815-753-1907
Fax:  815-753-7278


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