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    • 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: 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • Delivering Efficient, Effective, and Streamlined Government to Illinois Taxpayers 

      Walzer, Norman; Task Force on Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates (Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies, 2015-12-17)
      Options to streamline the system for delivering local government services in Illinois were significantly increased with passage of recommendations by the Task Force on Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates report ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 2016 Journal of Local Government Shared Service Best Practices 

      Sanguinetti, Evelyn (State of Illinois Office of the Lieutenant Governor, 2016-12-31)
      As a result of the 2015 Task Force on Unfunded Mandates and Government Consolidation, CGS assisted the Lieutenant Governor’s office in conducting a survey of best practices in shared services among Illinois local governments. ...
    • 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.
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • A Briefing: Promise & Programs in Rural Illinois 

      Walzer, Norman; Rural Partners: The Voice of Rural Illinois connecting people and communities with resources (Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies, 2018)
      Population projections show that rural Illinois will face serious issues in the next decade and beyond, with population declines, shrinking young population cohorts, and increasing proportions of elderly that may retire ...
    • Journal of Local Government Shared Service Best Practices Second Edition 

      Sanguinetti, Evelyn (State of Illinois Office of the Lieutenant Governor, 2018-07-31)
      As a result of the 2015 Task Force on Unfunded Mandates and Government Consolidation, CGS assisted the Lieutenant Governor’s office in conducting a survey of best practices in shared services among Illinois local governments. ...