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Understanding and Managing State Health Care Costs

The State Health Care Spending Project is a joint initiative of the Pew Center on the States and MacArthur.

"Successful Aging"

From Richard Heffner's Open Mind
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Studying the Impact of New Technology on Democratic Institutions

Opening Government, a MacArthur supported research initiative, seeks to study the impact of technology on democratic institutions in the United States and globally.

Q&A: State Health Care Costs

The Q&A explores how health care costs are contributing to states’ fiscal troubles, the factors driving up these costs, and how the State Health Care Spending Project aims to provide answers to these questions.
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Evaluating Public Education in Illinois

An assessment of Illinois public education shows that the state’s academic performance has remained flat for much of the past decade, and asserts that absent serious effort and change, its prospects for improvement are slim.

The Future of Law and Neuroscience

The program will feature a law and neuroscience curriculum specifically designed for lawyers, and will draw on new research from the MacArthur Foundation Research Network.
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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.

The Fiscal State of Illinois

On October 24, the State Budget Crisis Task Force will be releasing its findings on the specific threats confronting the state of Illinois.

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.