Illinois Resources

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Illinois State Home Page

Illinois State and Local Government Links: A gateway to executive and legislative agencies for Illinois.

Government Agencies

Illinois Child Support Enforcement

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

Illinois Department of Employment Security

Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (formerly the Illinois Department of Public Aid)

Illinois Department of Human Services; Human Capital Development Services provide employment and training, and family support services

Illinois Department of Labor

Illinois Department of Public Health

Illinois State Archives

Illinois State Library

United Counties Council of Illinois

State Legislative Links

Illinois State Legislature: Site offers access to the Illinois Register, Constitution, statutes, legislation, session laws, administrative code. For pre-2003 legislation, don't choose "Bills & Resolutions"--choose "Previous General Assemblies" instead.

Illinois State Constitution: revised 2005; a .pdf document

Illinois State Administrative Code: The main page for each Administrative Code Title lists only Parts, not Chapters and Subchapters. To see where a Chapter or Subchapter begins, find the Table of Contents for the Title you seek.

Census Bureau

State and County Quickfacts for Illinois: Offers tables or maps of such information for states and counties only.

Data Centers for Illinois: Joint projects of the Census Bureau and particular states, make state data available to the public through a network of state agencies, universities, libraries, and regional and local governments. Links to existing centers with a Web presence appear below, under each state.

Poverty by census tracts in Illinois; tracts with 20 percent or more poverty

American Community Survey for Illinois: Provides socioeconomic data for a range of years for selected states, counties, and other jurisdictions. The plan is to extend the ACS to all U.S. states.

Census 2000 Data for Illinois

Illinois population estimates by sex and age (.pdf file)

Illinois population estimates by sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino origin (.pdf file)

Other Sources of Data and Statistics

CIESIN Demographic Data Cartogram Service (DDCarto): Provided by Columbia University, includes information on Illinois.

Illinois Atlas: The Data & Mapping Services Division of the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University created the IllinoisAtlas, which contains free downloadable maps of demographic and economic information for Illinois counties.

The Illinois Report: Annually published by Institute of Government & Public Affairs, includes statistical figures and tables on economic, demographic, educational, and social data.

Illinois State Data Center Cooperative: Coordinates access to statistical resources for the state of Illinois and contains links to local and regional data centers.

Regional Capacity Analysis Program (ReCAP): Program at Iowa State University, which "collects, analyzes, interprets, and disseminates information on social, economic, and demographic trends," is a well-organized site containing county-level data for states in the Midwestern region; information is most complete for Iowa but a selection of Census information for other Midwestern states, such as Illinois, is also easily accessible through this site.

USDA Food and Nutrition Service: Illinois

Illinois health statistics: Published by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

IPLAN: The Illinois Department of Health's IPLAN data system provides access to essential indicators of public health, with data from many different sources, for counties and, in some cases, for communities. For selected indicators, the system identifies associated populations by age, race, ethnicity, and gender.

Kaiser Family Foundation Health Facts: Provides health statistics on programs such as Medicaid.

Illinois State Board of Education: Publishes annual state aid entitlement statistics for all Illinois public schools. (These are used to calculate additional funding to offset the impact of poverty in school districts.)

Illinois School District Demographics: This links to the main page for the maps. Select "Illinois" and proceed. Provided by the National Center for Education Statistics.

Research Information Network for Women & Girls in Illinois: Contains links to national and state-specific databases on employment, income, poverty, and welfare and to print resources (University of Illinois at Chicago).

Annie E. Casey Foundation Kidscount CLIKS database: Provides county, city, and community level indicators of children's well-being by state. The site allows users to create specific tables and graphs for Illinois in many combinations and comparative formats; data were assembled through the national Kidscount Network, and the availability of particular indicators varies among states.

National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center: Provides demographic information about the children, families and child care in Illinois, as well as contact information for different state agencies involved in child care. The profiles also contain links to additional state and national resources.

Nongovernment Agencies

Six Strategies for Family Economic Self-Sufficiency

Heartland Coalition for Human Needs and Human Rights

Work, Welfare, and Families: Illinois coalition working to end poverty.

University Research Centers and Institutes

The Center on Demography and Economics of Aging (CoA): University of Chicago provides academic demographic and economic research, often interdisciplinary, and dissemination of research-based information about the aging of the population.

Center for Human Potential and Public Policy (CHPPP): The CHPPP, at the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago, integrates research and policy perspectives on improving the health, welfare, and development of children, youth, and families, and is guided by three broad objectives: focusing on child education, health, and welfare in the context of economic disadvantage.

Center for State Policy and Leadership: This is a center at the University of Illinois – Springfield that helps to form effective public policy and educates citizens about public affairs. The Center publishes the Illinois Issues magazine, a source for Illinois politics and public policy.

Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture: This Center, at the University of Chicago, is an interdisciplinary program dedicated to promoting engaged scholarship and debate around the topics of race and ethnicity.

Children and Family Research Center (CFRC): The CFRC is an independent research organization at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that supports research that contributes to keeping children safe, assuring permanent homes for children, and supporting child and family well-being.

Institute of Government and Public Affairs: The Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign conducts research that improves public policy and government performance.

Institute for Policy Research (IPR): The IPR, at Northwestern University, is an interdisciplinary public policy research institute that supports social science research on significant public policy issues.

National Opinion Research Center (NORC): NORC is a nonprofit corporation at the University of Chicago that conducts survey research in the public interest for government agencies, educational institutions, private foundations, nonprofit organizations, and private corporations.

The Population Research Center (PRC): PRC, at University of Chicago, provides academic demographic research, often interdisciplinary.


Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Tribune

State Journal-Register (Springfield) Politics and policy news for Illinois.


Promising Practices Catalog: The database contains human services initiatives for Illinois.


State Policy Documentation Project

Illinois Families Study: Northwestern University's Six-year panel study of Illinois families & welfare reform--research reports, policy.