Recent Submissions

  • 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 ...
  • Illinois Municipal Price Index (MPI) 

    Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2018)
    The Illinois Municipal Price Index (MPI) was developed by the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois and is updated annually by Northern Illinois University's Center for Governmental Studies staff with ...
  • Breaking into Local Government: A Guidebook for Career Changers 

    Peters, Dawn S. (International City/County Management Association, 2013-09)
    With a record number of professional local government managers retiring, there is a gap in the talent pool the fill these chief administrative officer positions. In order to help fill this gap, ICMA has created this Guide ...
  • Management’s Perceptions of Annual Financial Reporting 

    Maher, Craig S.; Sohl, Shannon N. (International City/County Management Association, 2013-12)
    The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) was established in 1984 as the second operating arm of the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF), to serve as the authoritative accounting standard setting body for state ...
  • Critical Access Hospital Program: Economic and Community Impact in Illinois 

    Walzer, Norman; Henriksen, Melissa; Harger, Brian (2011-05)
    The Illinois Critical Access Network (ICAHN) is a not-for-profit entity that works with member critical access hospitals to share resources, provide education opportunities, promote operational efficiency and improve health ...
  • Illinois Critical Access Hospitals: Managing Healthy Communities in Rural Illinois 

    Henriksen, Melissa; Walzer, Norman (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2013-10)
    The Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN), working with the Center for Governmental Studies (CGS) at Northern Illinois University recently released, “Illinois Critical Access Hospitals: Managing Healthy Communities ...
  • 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 ...
  • Illinois Critical Access Hospitals: Enhancing Quality of Care in Rural Illinois 

    Henriksen, Melissa; Walzer, Norman (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2012-04)
    Critical access hospitals (CAHs) are essential to rural health care and play an important role in its delivery as a safety net for rural patients. While CAHs operate in a challenging environment, this report focuses on the ...
  • Emergence and Growth of Community Supported Enterprises 

    Walzer, Norman; Sandoval, Jessica (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2016-09)
    Local development agencies organize groups of residents to invest in business ventures commonly known as Community Supported Enterprises or Businesses. These ventures are often motivated by the potential loss of a grocery ...
  • Unemployment, Labor Force Participation and the Illinois Work Force 

    Walzer, Norman; Harger, Brian (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2016)
    The relatively slow economic recovery in Illinois following the 2009 recession has been a frequent topic of debate among policymakers, business leaders, and the news media, with each group judging the state’s performance ...
  • Community Supported Enterprises as a Local Investment Strategy 

    Walzer, Norman (Illinois Municipal Policy Journal, 2017-12)
    Aging business owners, declining markets because of population declines, and slow local economies have threatened essential businesses in many small rural communities. In response, local groups have organized efforts in ...
  • Downtown Development Strategies in Illinois: Assessing the Priorities of Municipal Leaders in Illinois 

    Walzer, Norman; Evans, Mim; Aquino, Michael (Illinois Municipal Policy Journal, 2017-12)
    Retail and downtown issues are changing with Internet buying growing in importance. Consequently, local public officials are exploring alternative strategies and approaches to update the roles played by downtown areas to ...
  • City of DeKalb: 2025 Strategic Plan - Economic Development Implementation Strategies 

    Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies; City of DeKalb Economic Development Commission; Henriksen, Melissa; Evans, Mim (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2017-09)
    CGS assisted the City of DeKalb in developing a citywide strategic plan encompassing a variety of topic areas. This document focuses on the implementation of the economic development components of the overall plan.
  • A Revitalization Plan for DeKalb, IL 

    Evans, Mim; Richard, Brian (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2015-11-06)
    The City of DeKalb advanced to the semi-finals of the America’s Best Communities Competition. This report was the key piece in the City’s competitive entry. The report presents a number of projects designed to work ...

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