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Title:  

1977 Illinois Senate Presidency Fight An Oral History Project

 
 Volume/Number:  2012 January 
 Issuing Agency:  Paul Simon Public Policy Institute 0000
 Description:  This oral history project concerning the election of the Illinois Senate President in 1977 came about as a result of several conversations between former State Senator Ken Buzbee (D-Carbondale) and Mike Lawrence, former Director of The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. 
 Agency ID:  Paper # 28 
 ISL ID:  000000054667   Original UID: 176078 
  Documents:  simonreview28.pdf
 
 

Title:  

The 2008 Presidential Nominations Process, a Marathon and a Sprint: An Analysis of What Happened and Why

 
 Volume/Number:  2008 July 
 Issuing Agency:  Paul Simon Public Policy Institute 0000
 Description:  The 2008 nominations process will certainly go down in history as one of the longest, most contentious, and most expensive in the nations history. It was also one of the most interesting and exciting ever. The race had more officially declared candidates, had more money spent on it, and for the Democrats was more closely contested than any race in recent history. 
 Agency ID:  Paper # 11 
 ISL ID:  000000054650   Original UID: 176060 
  Documents:  2008presidential.pdf
 
 

Title:  

2010 Elections: Illinois Still Blue Despite the Red Wave that Swept the Nation

 
 Volume/Number:  2011 January 
 Issuing Agency:  Paul Simon Public Policy Institute 0000
 Description:  Illinois experienced two extraordinarily close elections at the top of the ticket on November 2, 2010. In a race with national interest and implications five-term Republican Congressman Mark Kirk bested Democratic State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias by a narrow margin after a very competitive race. 
 Agency ID:  Paper # 22 
 ISL ID:  000000054661   Original UID: 176072 
  Documents:  paper-22-final.pdf
 
 

Title:  

2014 Illinois Governor Race: Quinn vs Rauner

 
 Volume/Number:  2015 January 
 Issuing Agency:  Paul Simon Public Policy Institute 0000
 Description:  The 2014 Governors race in Illinois featured two candidates who are the epitome of campaigns for high office in America today. In addition, the race also illustrated the major trends, driven by big money and big media, which are shaping our politics in the 21st century. This paper examines and analyzes the governors race in order to learn what it teaches us about politics in Illinois, and in the United States midway through the second decade of this century. 
 Agency ID:  Paper # 40 
 ISL ID:  000000054725   Original UID: 176144 
  Documents:  2014IllinoisGovernorRace.pdf
 
 

Title:  

Alternatives to Illinois Budget Deficit: An Analysis of Proposed Solutions by Gubernatorial Candidates, Elected Officials, and Public Policy Organizations

 
 Volume/Number:  2011 January 
 Issuing Agency:  Paul Simon Public Policy Institute 0000
 Description:  The state of Illinois currently maintains a major budget deficit of approximately $15 billion. Such a deficit undoubtedly impacts the normal delivery of state programs and services to the public in a negative manner. Consequently, gubernatorial candidates, elected officials, and public policy organizations have introduced several proposals regarding Illinois budget deficits for discussion and consideration into the public arena. In this process of public consideration, Illinois voters have the opportunity to actively support or oppose the merits of these proposals by voting in favor or against certain candidates who support or oppose them and by expressing their opinions directly to their state representatives and senators who might eventually vote on a particular proposal in the legislative process. They can also be informed citizens about the general content and merit of these proposals by paying attention to news reports, public debates, policy seminars, and survey results. 
 Agency ID:  Paper # 23 
 ISL ID:  000000054662   Original UID: 176073 
  Documents:  paper-23.pdf
 
 

Title:  

The Anatomy of President Barack Obamas General Election Victory in Illinois

 
 Volume/Number:  2009 February 
 Issuing Agency:  Paul Simon Public Policy Institute 0000
 Description:  On November 4, 2008 the junior Senator from Illinois, Barack Obama, was elected the 44th President of the United States. Obama was the first president to be elected from Illinois since the Civil War era. 
 Agency ID:  Paper # 13 
 ISL ID:  000000054652   Original UID: 176063 
  Documents:  anatomybama.pdf
 
 

Title:  

Ball Fair? A Quantitative Examination of Which Universities Succeed in the Men's NCAA Tournament

 
 Volume/Number:  2008 March 
 Issuing Agency:  Paul Simon Public Policy Institute 0000
 Description:  Mid-major American universities spend a great deal of money on intercollegiate athletics. For example, the University of Buffalo recently spent $10-20 million to join NCAA Division One, and Southern Illinois University plans to spend $80 million to improve athletic facilities. Much of this money is spent because coaches and administrators see athletic success as a path to national recognition for their institutions. High-prestige competitions like the mens NCAA basketball tournament are perceived as fair games that all schools have a chance to win, andregional universities invest millions in attempts to win them. This paper tests the logic of thisbehavior, by examining the success rates of several categories of schools over the past 10 NCAAtournaments. In fact, when examined statistically, the tournament is not a fair game. The last 10champions have been wealthy universities from elite football conferences, as have 131 of the past 160 Sweet Sixteen entrants. Only one mid-major program has made the Final Four during the past decade. Colleges and regional universities have little chance of winning the tournament, and should consider reevaluating how they spend their limited budgets. 
 Agency ID:  Paper # 10 
 ISL ID:  000000054649   Original UID: 176059 
  Documents:  ballfair.pdf
 
 

Title:  

Climate of Opinion in Illinois 2008- 2016: Roots of Gridlock

 
 Volume/Number:  2016 June 
 Issuing Agency:  Paul Simon Public Policy Institute 0000
 Description:  Since January 1, 2015, Illinois has been frozen in a governmental and political gridlock that has dominated the states political discourse, consumed the energies of all involved, and created chaos in governmental and non-profit agencies that normally deliver state services. It has also created untold hardship and suffering among those who are most dependent on state services. The conflict has especially threatened to drastically reduce the quality and missions of the institutions of public higher education in Illinois, a state system that was widely recognized as one of the best in the nation and the world. 
 Agency ID:  Paper #47 
 ISL ID:  000000058991   Original UID: 180182 
  Documents:  47.pdf
 
 

Title:  

Climate of Opinion in Illinois 2010-2014: A Dilemma of Popular Democracy

 
 Volume/Number:  2014 June 
 Issuing Agency:  Paul Simon Public Policy Institute 0000
 Description:  Since 2008 the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale has conducted an annual statewide survey of Illinois voters. The purpose of these surveys has been to document and analyze the views and values of the people of the Prairie State. These surveys now have become an accumulated data collection that allows us to track public opinion in the state for several consecutive years. This is a report of that longitudinal perspective on public opinion in Illinois for the volatile and interesting half decade between 2010 and 2014. 
 Agency ID:  Paper # 37 
 ISL ID:  000000054676   Original UID: 176087 
  Documents:  psppi-simon-37-june-2014.pdf
 
 

Title:  

Climate of Opinion in Southern Illinois Continuity and Change

 
 Volume/Number:  2011 April 
 Issuing Agency:  Paul Simon Public Policy Institute 0000
 Description:  Southern Illinois is a land rich in history, culture and friendly people. Its topography was originally shaped by the great glaciers of the Ice Age, which pushed this far south, leaving a hilly and rough terrain that is much different from the rich and flat farmland of central and northern Illinois. There are advantages to this physical terrain in terms of natural beauty; however, those advantages are also mitigated by the impact on farming, as most of southern Illinois supports only smaller and more marginal farms. 
 Agency ID:  Paper # 25 
 ISL ID:  000000054664   Original UID: 176075 
  Documents:  simonreview25.pdf
 
 

Title:  

Confronting the State Budget and Establishing Quality of Life Benchmarks in Illinois: Results and Analysis of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute 2008 Statewide Poll

 
 Volume/Number:  2009 January 
 Issuing Agency:  Paul Simon Public Policy Institute 0000
 Description:  In Fall 2008, The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale conducted its first statewide public opinion survey since 2004. Topics included the general direction of the country, the state, and respondents respective areas of the state; benchmark quality of life measures for education, public safety, the environment, and the economy; opinions on important public issues, such as a proposal to amend the Illinois Constitution to allow recall of statewide elected officials and theproposed Constitutional Convention; and opinions on judicial selection issues in the state. 
 Agency ID:  Paper # 12 
 ISL ID:  000000054651   Original UID: 176061 
  Documents:  statebudget.pdf
 
 

Title:  

Creative Economy in Southern Illinois: Opportunities for Reshaping Carbondale and SIU

 
 Volume/Number:  2014 October 
 Issuing Agency:  Paul Simon Public Policy Institute 0000
 Description:  Since the 2002 release of Richard Floridas seminal book, The Rise of the Creative Class, a considerable amount of the regional and local development discussion has focused on his concept of attracting and retaining the creative class as a vehicle of economic growth. Floridas (2002) work centers on the premise that contemporary development is not a process of attracting large employers but attracting talented people to an area; it is a process of jobs following people, not people following jobs. Although Florida has a primarily urban focus (Peck, 2005), with more than 59 million or 19.3 percent of the American people living in rural areas, including nearly 12 percent of Illinoisans (U.S. Census Bureau, 2013), ignoring the impact of rural artists and creative activities comes at the detriment of local, state and national economic progress. With Florida in mind as an avenue to increasing economic activity in the region, the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute convened a day-long conference held at the Carbondale Civic Center April 29, 2014. As part of the conference the information contained in this paper was presented by Kent Dolezal, Lindsay Knaus and Nichole Sack. This papers purpose is to summarizes the concepts in those remarks and disseminate the information to a wider audience. 
 Agency ID:  Simon Review # 39 
 ISL ID:  000000054724   Original UID: 176143 
  Documents:  viewcontent.pdf
 
 

Title:  

Disaster and Gender in Southern Illinois

 
 Volume/Number:  2015 February 
 Issuing Agency:  Paul Simon Public Policy Institute 0000
 Description:  The unique needs of women in the context of disaster have been largely overlooked in disaster management. For this reason, women have been hard-hit by natural disasters in the United States and internationally. However, by learning from the mistakes of the past, the negative effects of disasters on women may be mitigated through disaster management that is sensitive to the different needs and experiences of women and men. 
 Agency ID:  Paper # 41 
 ISL ID:  000000054726   Original UID: 176145 
  Documents:  DisasterandGenderinSouthernIllinois.pdf
 
 

Title:  

Ethical Reforms, the Budget Crisis, and Perceptions of Quality of Life in Illinois: Results and Analysis of The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute 2009 Statewide Poll

 
 Volume/Number:  2010 February 
 Issuing Agency:  Paul Simon Public Policy Institute 0000
 Description:  The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale conducted its second annual statewide public opinion survey in the fall of 2009. As in the inaugural survey in 2008, the Institute asked Illinoisans about their quality of life and about ways to deal with the states crippling budget deficitswhether cutting government spending or enhancing revenues. We also asked their opinions on a number of political and electoral reform ideas that had been well publicized over the summer of 2009 by the Illinois Reform Commission, appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn. Quinns takeover from the impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich seemed to promise a new era of cleaner, more transparent government. 
 Agency ID:  Paper # 17 
 ISL ID:  000000054656   Original UID: 176067 
  Documents:  poll_analysis_report.pdf
 
 

Title:  

Friends And Neighbors Government: Partisanship In County Government In Illinois 1975-2010

 
 Volume/Number:  2011 August 
 Issuing Agency:  Paul Simon Public Policy Institute 0000
 Description:  This paper documents the partisanship of the elected county officials throughout Illinois for two different periods. The baseline chosen is 1975-1976 and the latest data are taken from 2009-2010. 
 Agency ID:  Paper # 26 
 ISL ID:  000000054665   Original UID: 176076 
  Documents:  simonreview26.pdf
 
 

Title:  

From Slavery to Freedom: The Life of Alexander Lane, Educator, Physician and Illinois State Legislator, 1860-1911

 
 Volume/Number:  2012 February 
 Issuing Agency:  Paul Simon Public Policy Institute 0000
 Description:  The life of Alexander Lane is an inspiring tale of a man who rose from life as the son of a slave in the post-Civil War South to become a leading Chicago physician and Illinois state legislator. 
 Agency ID:  Paper # 29 
 ISL ID:  000000054668   Original UID: 176079 
  Documents:  simonreviewlane.pdf
 
 

Title:  

Healthy Communities In Southern Illinois

 
 Volume/Number:  2016 April 
 Issuing Agency:  Paul Simon Public Policy Institute 0000
 Description:  Due to industrial and lifestyle changes, rural and small town areas are losing population and suffering economic hardship. 
 Agency ID:  Paper #45 
 ISL ID:  000000058989   Original UID: 180180 
  Documents:  45.pdf
 
 

Title:  

Higher Education Funding in Illinois: 1997-2010

 
 Volume/Number:  2010 March 
 Issuing Agency:  Paul Simon Public Policy Institute 0000
 Description:  This paper examines the recent history of state appropriated funding for higher education in Illinois. It covers the fourteen years from Fiscal Year 1997 through 2010. It also reviews some of the most important literature on public budgeting and relates that academic literature to the recent record of how the State of Illinois has handled its budgets over the past few years and what this has meant to the agencies of the state in terms of planning and decision making. The paper takes some of the abstract and theoretical literature and applies it to the very real case study of educations struggle with recent budgeting decisions in Illinois. 
 Agency ID:  Paper # 18 
 ISL ID:  000000054657   Original UID: 176068 
  Documents:  higher_education_funding.pdf
 
 

Title:  

How Local Schools Can Promote Civics Education

 
 Volume/Number:  2012 April 
 Issuing Agency:  Paul Simon Public Policy Institute 0000
 Description:  Justice Sandra Day OConnor and Congressman Lee Hamilton have called on schools to bring high-quality civic education to every American student. Local schools and administrators must change how civic learning is taught from the dry facts of history and the structure of government to an emphasis on how citizens can and must participate in civic life. 
 Agency ID:  Paper # 31 
 ISL ID:  000000054670   Original UID: 176081 
  Documents:  simonreview31.pdf
 
 

Title:  

Illinois Politics in the 21st Century: Bellwether, Leading Edge, or Lagging Indicator

 
 Volume/Number:  2004 January 
 Issuing Agency:  Paul Simon Public Policy Institute 0000
 Description:  During the 20th Century Illinois always enjoyed the status of being a bellwether state meaning that it was a microcosm of the nation. 
 Agency ID:  Paper # 1 
 ISL ID:  000000054640   Original UID: 176050 
  Documents:  21stcentury.pdf
 
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