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CGS Recent Work

Policy Profiles June 2018 - “The Future of Rural Illinois:  Predicaments and Possible Solutions” compiles data indicating that Illinois’ rural counties are continuing to lose population, especially in the age group comprised of working adults. Compounding the loss of population is the growing need to provide and expand the services required by senior citizens who constitute an increasing  percentage of rural residents. The newly published Profiles suggests strategies rural counties can pursue to sustain the quality of life in rural Illinois in the years ahead.

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

   Civic Leadership Academy

Registration for the 2018-2019 Civic Leadership Academy is now open. Plan to attend one or more of the workshops offered. For more information, visit the CLA Page.

Illinois Township Management Academy

Planning is complete for the 2018-19 Illinois Township Management Academy. Registration is now open via ITMA’s portals and information on their marketing material. Workshops will meet on Oct. 12 and 19, 2018, at NIU-Naperville. More information is available on the ITMA page.

Midwest Leadership Institute 2019
Successful professional local government leadership requires knowledge and a skill set centered on the ability to understand individual and organizational behavior. The Midwest Leadership Institute was developed to equip participants with the leadership skills needed to drive for results in the increasingly complex world of local government. The next MLI runs April 29-May 3, 2019. More information is available on the CGS MLI web page.

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Past CGS Events

   2018 Midwest Leadership Institute - March 2018

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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