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The Fiscal State of Illinois

The report details threats to Illinois’ public services and fiscal sustainability as well as actions that can be taken to address those issues, including adopting a non-political revenue forecasting process, pension reforms, and tax reforms. Read More

Chicago Premiere of New Documentary: "The Line"

The documentary explores the emerging and entrenched faces of poverty, including an ex-banker who now relies on a food pantry, and an aging fisherman whose shrimp catching business has been devastated by the Gulf oil spill. Read More
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World Premiere of New Documentary: "The Line"

The documentary explores the emerging and entrenched faces of poverty, including an ex-banker who now relies on a food pantry, and an aging fisherman whose shrimp catching business has been devastated by the Gulf oil spill. Read More
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Online Game “Budget Hero” Releases Election Edition

An interactive game that allows players to experience the challenges of balancing the federal budget has been updated for the election year. Read More

"Education: A Predictor of Longer Life"

From US News and World Report
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Widening Gaps in Life Expectancy Reflect Race, Gender, and Education

Although longevity has increased in the United States as a whole since 1990, the gap in life expectancy between Americans with the least and the most education is widening, according to research by scholars in the ... Read More

Results First State Convening

Results First, a project of The Pew Center on the States and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Invites you to the second annual Results First State Convening. Read More
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Analyzing the States' Budget Crisis

The State Budget Crisis Task Force details the extent of states’ fiscal problems and fiscal sustainability in the wake of the global financial crisis. Read More