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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Animal Scientist Temple Grandin, ahead of her lecture with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIU Carbondale.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian David Kennedy ahead of his Morton-Kenney Distinguished Lecture at SIU Carbondale:

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute's John Jackson about "The Simon Review: The Climate of Opinion in Illinois 2008-2019: Gridlock Broken?" to get his take on what's changed, and what remains the same.

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The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIU is hosting its inaugural Renewing Illinois Summit. 
 
Institute Director John Shaw says 35-40 students from 8 Illinois Universities will brainstorm about the future of Illinois, and how to improve the state.

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A new poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute indicates more people are optimistic about the direction of Illinois.

Institute polling director Charles Leonard says this spring's poll shows 22-percent of respondents believe the state is moving in the right direction, compared to nine percent last spring.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Ambassador Harriet Elam-Thomas, ahead of her presentation for the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIUC.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Visiting Professor John Jackson. Jackson says despite gains for Democrats across Illinois, the southern part of the state is bucking that trend. 

A new statewide poll shows Republican President Donald Trump may weigh down Illinois’ GOP candidates in the midterm election.

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The most recent Simon Review published by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute shows data refuting public perception of budgeting in Illinois. WSIU's Amelia Blakely talks with co-author John Jackson.

As the summer campaign season heats up for the November elections, the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute released town hall meeting guidelines in effort to encourage open and vigorous dialogue between the public and policy makers.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Director John Shaw about his new book, "Rising Star, Setting Sun: Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and the Presidential Transition that Changed America."

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with New York Times Chief Washington Correspondent Carl Hulse, during his visit to SIUC and the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with professor and SIUC Political Science Department Chair Tobin Grant about Illinois primary election results.

Simon Poll: Illinoisans Want Criminal Justice Reform

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A new poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIU shows Illinoisans want criminal justice reform and Director John Shaw says people also want more help for those who've been released from prison.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Visiting Professor John Jackson about his expectations for the Illinois Primary.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Debate Coach Todd Graham about the upcoming March Primary in Illinois and the messaging strategies campaigns are using to target voters.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Dr. Linda Baker of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute about recent polling, which shows voters are dissatisfied with state and national leadership, but support their local representatives and senators.

A majority of Illinois voters wants to legalize recreational marijuana according to a new poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIU.

Director John Shaw says the numbers are significant.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Director John Shaw about polling, and its effects on politics.

The March primary is less than three weeks away.

The latest Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Poll shows Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic Candidate J-B Pritzker leading their respective parties.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Director John T. Shaw, who took over leadership in January.

More members of the U.S. Congress are deciding they will retire or not seek re-election. In this episode of On Topic, John Jackson with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIUC takes a look at what the exodus means for policy making.

After a passionate speech at this year's Golden Globe Awards, political watchers began buzzing with the possibility of Oprah Winfrey running for President in 2020. Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Analyst John Jackson offers his take on that, along with what he thinks it takes to be an effective Commander in Chief.

In this episode, Host Jennifer Fuller and Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Interim Director Jak Tichenor discuss what to expect in Illinois politics in 2018.

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The media got to officially meet  the incoming director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute this morning, Monday December 18th, 2017.  .  John Shaw, is a native of Peoria who has written five books, and has spent 25 years covering Congress as a journalist.  Shaw says he is looking forward to continuing the Institute's work in bringing nationally known experts to Carbondale.  In addition,  he would like to see future partnerships with other congressional research institutes.

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The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute may soon have a new leader.

Journalist and author John Shaw will take over as the next director if approved by the SIU Board of Trustees.

In this week's On Topic, WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Visiting Professor John Jackson about the just-finished Illinois Veto Session. Many of Gov. Bruce Rauner's vetoes were overridden, though he did have some success. Lawmakers also were forced to grapple with accusations of sexual harassment and legislative inaction.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller discusses the 2017 Illinois Fall Veto Session with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Interim Director Jak Tichenor. While the two-week session is normally procedural, this year's meetings are producing bombshell accusations along with override votes that pit lawmakers against their party leaders.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Professor Linda Baker for this week's episode of On Topic. More than two dozen state lawmakers have announced they're retiring, or are not running for reelection in 2018. Baker analyzes what that means for the legislature.

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Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin delivered the keynote address Tuesday to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

Durbin said Simon had plenty of offers to teach when he retired from the Senate. So, he decided to follow his heart.

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