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  • Woodstock Illinois Age-Friendly Livable Community Action Plan 

    Evans, Mim; Blanke, Andy; Walzer, Norman (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2021-06)
    The City of Woodstock has a vision for an age-friendly future: Age-friendly Woodstock, Illinois is widely recognized as a warm, welcoming vibrant community offering lifelong opportunity and enrichment for youth and adults ...
  • 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 ...
  • Shared Services as a Response to Government Fragmentation 

    Walzer, Norman; Plasch, Cory Poris (Illinois Municipal Policy Journal, 2016)
    Substantial support exists for the notion that institutional fragmentation and duplication is adding to the cost of government in Illinois. Several other states are actively encouraging local government to adopt innovative ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Policy Profiles Vol. 9 No. 2 March 2010 

    Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Holloway, Adrienne M. (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2010-03)
    Affordable Housing in the Chicago Area: Site Selection by Families with Rental Vouchers
  • 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
  • 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. 1 June 2020 

    Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Langloss, Danny; Walzer, Norman (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2020-06)
    Dixon, Illinois: A Northern Illinois Community Aggressively Preparing for a Rapidly Changing Economic and Cultural Environment
  • 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. 19 No. 1 February 2019 

    Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Walzer, Norman; Kull, Gary; Fernandes, Mirna Maria (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2019-02)
    Smart Tip: A Strategy for Rural Communities to Reverse Population Losses and Increase Tax Revenues
  • Policy Profiles Vol. 18 No. 1 June 2018 

    Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Walzer, Norman; Harger, Brian (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2018-06)
    The Future of Rural Illinois: Predicaments and Possible Solutions
  • Policy Profiles Vol. 17 No. 1 June 2017 

    Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Walzer, Norman; Harger, Brian; Robinson, Diana (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2017-06)
    Unemployment, Labor Force Participation and The Illinois Work Force
  • Policy Profiles Vol. 6 No. 3 September 2016 

    Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Sohl, Shannon N. (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2016-09)
    The Big Unknown: How Much Money Do Illinois' Local Governments Spend Annually?
  • Policy Profiles Vol. 16 No. 2 July 2016 

    Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Walzer, Norman; Chockalingam, Sri (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2016-07)
    Modernizing Illinois Governments and Improving Their Efficiency
  • Policy Profiles Vol. 16 No. 1 March 2016 

    Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Walzer, Norman; Sandoval, Jessica (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2016-03)
    Restoring Economic Vitality To Rural American Communities
  • 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. 15 No. 2 June 2015 

    Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; Inman, Patricia (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2015-06)
    Locally Produced Food: A Way To Grow More Food And The Economy

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