This site is about Illinois, especially its public policies and
public finances. The purpose is to provide public officials, editors,
academics, and active citizens with both fact and speculation about
"the state of the state"--problems, potential, prospects. It contains
many features, including articles, ideas completed or in progress,
and illustrated graphics by myself and others.
Here are this site's features. For full descriptions,
please scroll below the updates section.
When U.S. senator Terry Sanford was governor of North Carolina, he
lamented that "there is no one in the governor's office whose only
job is to gaze out the window and brood about the problems of the
future." I hope that this site will be a window to look and cause us
to think long and deeply.
The features of this site are:
A collection of writings --
academic papers and opinion essays, by myself and others, now
organized by topic. As I expand this section, I would like to
emphasize the word "others" I used above. If you have an article
or essay on one of the listed topics, or a topic of your own
(regarding issues confronting Illinois), please submit it via
Email: [email protected],
or use one of the feedback spots on
this site. I look forward to hearing from you.
If you have a need, please check the page describing my public
issues consulting practice: Nowlan
Work in Progress contains my
"musings", where I will lay out ideas that are percolating (some
will say half-baked) in my noggin. I hope that readers of the site
will react, comment, and offer correction to these musings.
A collection of links to a number of
other Web sites about Illinois policy and public finance. I have
begun with sites I am aware of, and I hope that readers will
supply me with others so that this can develop into a