Policy Profiles Archives

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.

If you are interested in receiving notification of when the latest Policy Profiles has been posted to the CGS website, email Policy_Profiles@niu.edu.


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?

Vol. 12 No. 2, August 2013
Workforce Status in Downstate Illinois

Vol. 12 No. 1, February 2013
Employment Changes in Downstate Illinois and Business Climate Perceptions

Vol. 11 No. 4, December, 2012
Promoting Entrepreneurship in Rural Illinois 

Vol. 11 No. 3, November, 2012
Local Government Structure and Public Expenditures in Illinois: Does Governmental Structure Matter?

Vol. 11 No.2, May, 2012
Tax Caps on Illinois Local Governments: How Well Are They Working?

Vol. 11 No.1, March, 2012
Health Care in Rural Illinois: The Role of Critical Access Hospitals

Vol. 10 No.4, August, 2011
Illinois' New Look: How the Past Ten Years Changed the State

Vol. 10 No.3, July, 2011
Developing the Arts: A New Tool for Community Development Programs

Vol. 10 No.2, April, 2011
Local Government Structure and Public Employment: A Fresh Look at Illinois' Predicament

Vol. 10 No.1, February, 2011
Do Home Rule Governments Work Better? A New and Different Perspective

Vol. 9 No.3, November, 2010
Small Governments and Intergovernmental Collaboration

Vol. 9 No.2, August, 2010
Governments in Difficulty: Evolving Trends Make Life Harder for County Governments

Vol.9 No.1, January, 2010
Affordable Housing in the Chicago Area: The DuPage County Experience

Vol. 8 No.3, February, 2009
Globalizing Local Economies: Making It Happen Through Local Action

Vol. 8 No.2, November, 2008
Globalizing Local Economies: The Chicago Region’s Record To Date

Vol. 8 No. 1 May, 2008
Building Effective Network Governance in the Chicago Region

Vol. 7 No. 2 November, 2007
Networking: The Key to 21st Century Government

Vol. 7 No. 1 October, 2007
Illinois Police Officers And Fire Fighters: How Good Are Their Pensions?

Vol. 6 No. 3 December, 2006
The County Administrator Form: A Modern Approach To Illinois County Government

Vol. 6 No. 2 October, 2006
Illinois County Government: Overlooked, Underappreciated, Very Important

Vol. 6 No. 1 February, 2006
Planning for Metropolitan Growth: Guidelines for Strengthening Local Control. The Prairie Parkway Series Conclusion

Vol. 5 No. 2 May, 2005
Telecommunications and the Future: The U.S. and Illinois are Falling Behind

Vol. 5 No. 1 January, 2005
Growth Management in the Western Suburbs. Part 1: Planning the Prairie Parkway

Vol. 4 No. 1 April, 2004
Illinois Public Education Undermines Democracy

Vol. 3 No. 4 December, 2003
Safeguarding Farmland From Non-Agricultural Uses

Vol. 3 No. 3 July, 2003
Growth Management in Illinois: A Perspective on Statutory Authority

Vol. 3 No. 2 April, 2003
Attack the Achievement Gap

Vol. 3 No. 1 February, 2003
Can Government Accounting be Trusted? An Experiment in Accounting and Accountability

Vol. 2 No. 6 September, 2002
Educations Problems: Teachers' Perspectives

Vol. 2 No. 5 November, 2002
New Homes in Rural Areas: Agricultural, Fiscal, and Public Safety Impacts

Vol. 2 No. 4 September, 2002
A View of Elementary School Problems in Poor Neighborhoods by Three Elementary School Principals

Vol. 2 No. 3 August, 2002
The Uses of Home Rule With Special Emphasis on Taxation

Vol. 2 No. 2 February, 2002
Implications of the Federal “Leave No Child Behind Act”

Vol. 2 No. 1 January, 2002
Public Sector Collective Bargaining: The Illinois Experience

Vol. 1 No. 5 May, 2001
Educational Funding in Illinois: Some Thoughts for Reform

Vol. 1 No. 4 May, 2001
Why Rewrite Illinois' Telecommunications Law?

Vol. 1 No. 3 April, 2001
The Election Debacle in Florida: Lessons for Illinois

Vol. 1 No. 2 April, 2001
Citizen Perceptions of Illinois Taxes

Vol. 1 No. 1 February, 2001
Illinois Home Rule: A Thirty Year Assessment

August, 2000
Illinois Adult Literacy Failing the Workplace. Alternative Solution Needed

March, 2000
The 2000 Census: It Can Be As Good As A Tax Cut

May, 1999
Tax Caps: A Look at the Arguments