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.

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.

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

Vol. 20 No. 3, June 2020
Financing Local Public Services: Pending Issues

Vol. 20 No. 2, June 2020
Managing Demographic Change: Working with Growth in Elderly Populations

Vol. 20 No. 1, June 2020
Dixon, Illinois: A Northern Illinois Community Aggressively Preparing
for a Rapidly Changing Economic and Cultural Environment

Vol. 19 No. 2, October 2019
Illinois’ Rural Communities:  Ways to Improve Their Future Prospects

Vol. 19 No. 1, February 2019
Smart Tip:  A Strategy for Rural Communities to Reverse Population Losses and Increase Tax Revenues

Vol. 18 No. 1, June 2018
The Future of Rural Illinois: Predicaments and Possible Solutions

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

Policy Profiles Archives 1999-2015