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Illinois Municipal Policy Journal

The Illinois Municipal Policy Journal (IMPJ) is a collaboration of the Illinois Municipal League, the School of Public Service, and the Chaddick Institute at DePaul University. The goal of the journal is to provide municipal and state leaders in particular with research, best practices, and recommendations related to key issues such as capital budgeting, shared services, home rule, and retail construction trends, among others. The inaugural issue was released 2016 and the second volume in December 2017.  IMPJ will continue to provide research-based analysis to help guide policy decisions at the local and state level.

We are now accepting article submissions for the 2018 edition of the IMPJ. Please send all submissions and questions to

  • Understanding the Drivers and Barriers to Fire Department Consolidation in Illinois | R. Herrmann & A. Deslatte. Full Text PDF 
  • How Small Downtowns Grow: Lessons from Elmhurst, Naperville and Normal | S. Wilson. Full Text PDF
  • Community Supported Enterprises as a Local Investment Strategy | N. Walzer. Full Text PDF
  • Promoting Economic Self-Sufficiency via HUD's Moving To Work Program: Evidence from the Housing Authority of Champaign County | P.E. McNamara, Han Bum Lee and C. Strick. Full Text PDF
  • Downtown Development Strategies in Illinois: Assessing the Priorities of Municipal Leaders in Illinois | N. Walzer, M. Evans & M. Aquino. Full Text PDF
  • The Immigrant Policy Context in Illinois: An Overview, Policy Analysis Framework and Implications for Illinois Children | E. Barrios & M. Condon. Full Text PDF
  • Understanding Public-Private Partnerships (P3) Through a Theoretical Cost Comparison | M. Calcavecchia, E. Birkenkopf & J. Finke. Full Text PDF
  • Increasing the Benefits from Urban Trees while Minimizing Costs: Lessons Learned from the Chicago Region Trees Initiative | L. Darling, M. Custic, L. Scott & C. Smith. Full Text PDF
  • Tax Increment Financing: Learning from Research and Municipal ''Best Practice" | N. Ermasova & A. George. Full Text PDF
  • Curbside Composting in Illinois: Trends and Emerging Best Practices | C. Smith, A. Janssen Mahajan & J.P. Schwieterman. Full Text PDF

Volume 1, Issue 1 (December 2016) 

  • Shared Services as a Response to Governmental Fragmentation | N. Walzer & C.P. Plasch. Full Text PDF
  • Use of Special Assessments by Municipal Governments in the Chicago Metropolitan Area: The Taming of Leviathan? | R. Hendrick. Full Text PDF
  • Fiscal Recovery after the Great Recession: Reviewing the Performance of Metropolitan Chicago Communities | C. Brewer, J. Vitone & J.P. Schwieterman. Full Text PDF
  • Capital Budgeting Strategies in Good Times...and Bad | B.S. Bunch. Full Text PDF
  • Taxes and Trust: Lessons for Leaders as Illinois' Constitutional Home Rule Authority Approaches its Fiftieth Year | J.A. Kearney. Full Text PDF
  • Measuring the Strength of Illinois' Municipal Reserves: Do Communities Have the Flexibility to Wrestle with Unforeseen Events | S. Sohl, A. Blanke & N. Walzer. Full Text PDF
  • Frameworks for Growth: How Local Institutions and State Governance Influence Economic Development Policy | D.E. Bliss. Full Text PDF
  • Is it Time to Reexamine Your Bike Code? A Review of Cycling Policies in Illinois Municipalities | J. Caldwell & D. Yanocha. Full Text PDF
  • Retail Construction in Illinois: Why the Slump? | C. Brewer, J. Vitone & J.P. Schwieterman. Full Text PDF