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As a part of the "Understanding Our New World" series, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Executive Director John Shaw spoke with former White House Chief of Staff, CIA Director, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Director John Shaw about a new book list, focusing on Illinois. The list includes recommendations from historians, past and present lawmakers, political experts and more.

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Southern Illinois University's Paul Simon Public Policy Institute has launched a new series, with virtual lectures featuring prominent speakers from across the country. In its inaugural  event, Institute Director John Shaw talked with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Kennedy.


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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Linda Renee Baker of SIU's Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. Baker has worked with the Simon Institute and SIU School of Medicine to address disparities in healthcare that fall along racial and socioeconomic lines.

With less than a month until Illinois’ primary election, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is leading in a new poll of Illinois voters. But the field is still quite divided.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Director John Shaw about the Institute's Decision 2020 panel.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Director John Shaw about the Institute's upcoming lecture, "Lincoln and Kennedy: Two Iconic Presidents."

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Director John Shaw about the Institute's focus on Statesmanship.

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A six-figure gift to the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute will help get more college students involved in public service.

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

Mar 23, 2018

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.

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