Municipal Policy Webinar Series
Rethinking Municipal Service When Facing Declining Population and State Budget Unpredictability
In hundreds of municipalities and counties, anticipated drops in population—and associated aging of the citizenry—are raising tough questions for staff and elected officials. 

  • How can departments or governmental units better coordinate their work to remain efficient? 
  • Should there be consolidation? If so, how? 

Join us as we learn from three experts. Norman Walzer and Andy Blanke, Northern Illinois University, will discuss their work on the state’s Local Efficiency Assessment Plan (LEAP), a tool designed to help officials and residents evaluate their county’s governmental structures while taking into account likely population changes. Nick Kachiroubas, DePaul University, will review his analysis of how falling population can affect home-rule status and be a discussant.  Both have articles in the Illinois Municipal Policy Journal , an Illinois Municipal League publication for which we have served as the editorial home. We’ll have plenty of time for Q&A.  
Webinar:   Rethinking Municipal Service When Facing Declining
Date Tuesday, January 28, 2020. 12:30 – 1:20 pm
RSVP :  Free. Email
Speakers : Norman Walzer, senior research scholar, and Andy Blanke, research specialist, Northern Illinois University; Nick Kachiroubas, Associate Teaching Professor, DePaul University,
Moderator :  Joe Schwieterman, DePaul University
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We are also accepting RSVP's for our webinar "Effective Municipal Strategies to Eliminate Lead Service Lines", Wednesday, February 5 from noon to 1 p.m. Click here to find the link for that study.