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    • Changing Expenditure Patterns in Illinois Municipalities 

      Blanke, Andy; Walzer, Norman (Illinois Municipal Policy Journal, 2020)
      The economic recovery in Illinois following the Great Recession was relatively sluggish. Per capita expenditures by municipalities with a population of 25,000 or larger increased by only about 1% annually between 2012 ...
    • City of Sycamore 2021 Comprehensive Plan Update 

      Evans, Mim; Vanadilok, Todd; Egret & Ox Planning, LLC; Blanke, Andy (City of Sycamore, 2021)
      The City of Sycamore Comprehensive Plan Update 2020 was completed in conjunction with the Economic Development Playbook. (https://commons.lib.niu.edu/handle/10843/24304) Coordinating preparation of these two documents ...
    • Fiscal Implications of Population Declines and Demographic Changes in Small Rural Municipalities 

      Walzer, Norman; Blanke, Andy (Illinois Municipal Policy Journal, 2020)
      Demographic trends suggest continued population declines and increases in the elderly population of small rural communities during the next decade and beyond. These changes could have significant implications for communities ...
    • Illinois Community Colleges’ Economic Impacts and Student Employment Outcomes 

      Richard, Brian; Blanke, Andy; Castillo, Nicolas; Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2021-09)
      In 2020-21 the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) contracted with Northern Illinois University (NIU) Center for Governmental Studies (CGS) to do an in-depth study of the economic impacts of the Illinois Community ...
    • Illinois Critical Access Hospitals: Collaborating for Effective Rural Health Care 

      Henriksen, Melissa; Walzer, Norman; Blanke, Andy (2013-01)
      As health care budgets tighten and professional resources become more limited, critical access hospitals (CAHs) may need to consider collaboration as an option to maintain local viability, allowing CAHs to continue providing ...
    • Infrastructure Issues and Spending Practices 

      Blanke, Andy; Walzer, Norman (Illinois Municipal Policy Journal, 2019)
      This paper examines patterns of infrastructure investment in Illinois municipalities since the end of the Great Recession. By evaluating the status of infrastructure in 52 municipalities using expenditure information ...
    • Insights into Rising Pension Costs in Illinois Municipalities 

      Blanke, Andy; Walzer, Norman (Illinois Municipal Policy Journal, 2018-12)
      This article examines the funding status of downstate (which includes suburban) Illinois police and fire pension funds in relation to professional recommendations, the numbers of participants, benefits, actuarial assets ...
    • Measuring the Strength of Illinois’ Municipal Reserves: Do Communities have the Flexibility to Wrestle with Unforeseen Events? 

      Sohl, Shannon N.; Blanke, Andy; Walzer, Norman (Illinois Municipal Policy Journal, 2016)
      This study explores the fiscal condition of Illinois communities by evaluating levels of unrestricted net assets for municipalities with 10,000 to 50,000 residents that issue financial reports using generally-accepted ...
    • Modernizing Local Public Service Delivery Systems: LEAP into the future 

      Walzer, Norman; Blanke, Andy (Illinois Municipal Policy Journal, 2019)
      This article examines the role of the Local Efficiency Assessment Plan (LEAP) tool designed to help public officials and the general public evaluate their county’s governmental structures while taking into account likely ...
    • Modernizing Local Service Delivery Systems: Local Efficiency Assessment Program 

      Walzer, Norman; Blanke, Andy (Center for Governmental Studies, 2018-12-13)
      With rural governments in mind, CGS Senior Research Scholar Norman Walzer and Research Associate Andy Blanke have developed Guidebook to Modernizing Local Service Delivery Systems, where they discuss the Local Efficiency ...
    • Municipal Fiscal Responses in the Post-recessional Era 

      Walzer, Norman; Blanke, Andy (Illinois Municipal Policy Journal, 2018)
      This article examines the fiscal challenges Illinois municipalities faced following the 2009 recession and the ways in which they responded. In order to shed light on the strategies and actions employed during this ...
    • Policy Profiles Vol. 11 No. 4 December 2012 

      Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Walzer, Norman; Blanke, Andy (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2012-12)
      Promoting Entrepreneurship in Rural Illinois
    • Policy Profiles Vol. 12 No. 1 February 2013 

      Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Walzer, Norman; Blanke, Andy; Harger, Brian (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2013-02)
      Employment Changes in Downstate Illinois and Business Climate Perceptions
    • Policy Profiles Vol. 12 No. 2 August 2013 

      Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Blanke, Andy; Walzer, Norman (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2013-08)
      Workforce Status in Downstate Illinois
    • Policy Profiles Vol. 13 No. 2 October 2014 

      Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Walzer, Norman; Blanke, Andy (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2014-10)
      Illinois in the Post-Recession Recovery: A Fresh Look at the State’s Progress
    • Policy Profiles Vol. 15 No. 3 October 2015 

      Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Blanke, Andy; Walzer, Norman (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2015-10)
      Workforce Turnover and Replacement In Downstate Illinois
    • Policy Profiles Vol. 19 No. 2 October 2019 

      Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Walzer, Norman; Blanke, Andy; Martin, Rachel (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2019-10)
      Illinois’ Rural Communities: Ways to Improve Their Future Prospects
    • Policy Profiles Vol. 20 No. 2 June 2020 

      Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Walzer, Norman; Blanke, Andy; Evans, Mim (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2020-06)
      Managing Demographic Change: Working with Growth in Elderly Populations
    • Policy Profiles Vol. 20 No. 3 June 2020 

      Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Walzer, Norman; Blanke, Andy (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2020-06)
      Financing Local Public Services: Pending Issues
    • Sycamore Economic Development Playbook 

      Evans, Mim; Blanke, Andy (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2021-08-26)
      This report was prepared in conjunction with the City of Sycamore 2021 Comprehensive Plan Update: https://commons.lib.niu.edu/handle/10843/24303 Information gathered during the comprehensive planning process along with input ...