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    • 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. ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 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.
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • Guidebook and Resources for Starting Community Supported Enterprises 

      Walzer, Norman (Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies, 2019-01)
      By Norman Walzer, Northern Illinois University, in collaboration with Jacob Smith, NIU, and David Ivan, Michigan State University. (2019) In 2014, the North Central Regional Council for Regional Development published a ...
    • 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 ...
    • Illinois Critical Access Hospitals: Exploring the Financial Impacts of the Swing Bed Program 

      Henriksen, Melissa; Richard, Brian; Ballard, Jeanna (Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies, 2019-02)
      The Swing Bed Program is a Medicare program available to Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and rural Prospective Payment System (PPS) hospitals with fewer than 100 beds. The term “swing bed” may be simply thought of as a ...
    • 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 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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. ...