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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.


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

Founded in 1969, CGS is celebrating five decades of generating and sharing knowledge with its many university and external partners while charting a course for the future. A conference on Nov. 7 not only highlighted the important accomplishments of CGS, but also was future-focused. Visit our 50th Anniversary page for more details, including Conference handouts and photos from the event!


Current CGS Programs

Civic Leadership Academy: New Program Descriptions and registration information are available for the 2019-2020 Civic Leadership Academy. Visit the CLA Page.

Illinois Financial Forecast Forum: The Illinois City/County Management Association, Illinois Government Finance Officers Association, and the Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies will sponsor the Annual Illinois Financial Forecast Forum: Private Sector Views that will Impact the Public Sector on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 at Harry Caray's, 70 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL (inside the Westin Hotel). Visit the Financial Forecast Forum page for a complete program and registration details.


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CGS Recent Work

Illinois Critical Access Hospitals: Exploring the Financial Impacts of the Swing Bed Program - The Swing Bed Program is a Medicare program available to Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and rural Prospective Payment System (PPS) hospitals with fewer than 100 beds. To better understand the significance of the Swing Bed Program in rural Illinois, the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) partnered with NIU’s Center for Governmental Studies to survey Illinois CAHs regarding the importance of their Swing Bed Programs in terms of financial indicators, quality outcomes, and community benefits. Three PDFs are available to download from the CGS Reports page.

Policy Profiles February 2019 -“Smart Tip:  A Strategy for Rural Communities to Reverse Population Losses and Increase Tax Revenues” provides how-to-do-It guidelines for rural communities seeking to maintain, sustain, and improve their home town, particularly home towns afflicted with declining population  and struggling local businesses.

Policy Profiles June 2018 - “The Future of Rural Illinois:  Predicaments and Possible Solutions”

Vol. 2 lllinois Municipal Policy Journal - Includes two articles by CGS research associates.

Vol. 1 lllinois Municipal Policy Journal - Includes two articles by CGS research associates.

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

"Think Globally/Eat Locally" - Video

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