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July 2013 - Volume 19, Number 3


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What’s New At
Public Interest Institute


Dr. Don Racheter, Public Interest Institute (PII) President, along with Dr. Craig Curtis, Bradley University Associate Professor of Political Science, and Dr. Brad McMillan, Director of Bradley University’s Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service, presented a paper entitled “There’s Nothing Fair about the Illinois Map:  An Examination of the Reapportionment Process in Illinois” at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute conference in Springfield, Illinois, on April 30, 2013. 


The three authors subsequently revised the paper to have a focus on reapportionment in Iowa, which was published as a POLICY STUDY by PII entitled “Mal-apportionment and the Miracle of Iowa.”


The May issue of IOWA ECONOMIC SCORECARD featured an article by Jim Hawkins, Director of the Professional Educators of Iowa, titled “Union Freedom for All,” on how teachers may resign from the Iowa teachers’ union.
POLICY STUDY #13-3: “Just Say NO – and Keep Saying NO – to Federal Health Care Exchanges and Medicaid Expansion,” by Research Analyst Deborah D. Thornton was published in March.


The May IOWA TRANSPARENCY NEWSLETTER featured an article by IT Specialist Jennifer L. Crull entitled “Iowans Should Demand Transparency Concerning the Union Negotiations.”


Research Analyst John Hendrickson finished a busy and successful semester teaching a course at IWC in early May.


FACTS & OPINIONS is one of our quarterly membership newsletters, arriving in January, April, July, and October. It consists of short articles of public interest with an emphasis on current issues.


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