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"Social Scientists Seek New Ways to Influence Public Policy"

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Report Finds Cost-Benefit Analyses Improve Budget Choices & Taxpayer Results

A new report shows cost-benefit analyses have helped states make better investments of public dollars by identifying programs and policies that deliver high returns. However, the majority of states are not yet consistently using this approach ... Read More
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Projections Show Significant Changes in Long-Term Budget Outlook

Recent legislation and other factors have substantially improved the long-term budget outlook, according to a report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). Read More

"Forever Young: A Path to Successful Aging"

From The Huffington Post
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Analyzing the Status of Local Pension Funding

The report attributes the declining health of Chicago-area public pension funds in large part to inadequate employer contributions over a sustained period and recent investment losses. Read More

"City Hall's Pension Spiral Worsens "

From Crain's Chicago Business
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Evaluating the FY2014 Illinois State Budget

A report from the Civic Federation’s Institute for Illinois’ Fiscal Sustainability supports Governor Pat Quinn’s recommended $62.4 billion FY2014 Illinois state budget for balancing revenues and expenditures without borrowing and making progress toward ... Read More