Center for State Policy and Leadership

The Center for State Policy and Leadership is the policy center of the University of Illinois Springfield.

  • The Center provides a national stage for scholars, students, policymakers, and citizens to exchange ideas, engage in research, and expand our understanding of public issues.

13th Annual Lincoln Legacy Lectures: “Lincoln and Voting Rights”

The Center hosted the 13th Annual Lincoln Legacy Lectures on October 15, 2015 on the theme, “Lincoln and Voting Rights.”   The featured speakers were Dr. Michael Burlingame, Chancellor Naomi Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies, UIS; Dr. Michael Vorenberg, Associate Professor of History, Brown University; and Dr. Ronald Keith Gaddie, President’s Associates Presidential Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Oklahoma. Dr Vorenberg spoke on “Voting Rights and the Meaning of Freedon: The View from the Civil War Era ” and Dr Gaddie spoke on “Citizenship and Voting Rights in the Modern Era.”  The lecture can be seen on the UIS Video on demand.  More information can be found on the Lincoln Legacy Lecture site.

  • The Lincoln Symposium titled “Mourning Father Abraham” from 4/30/15 is available on Video on Demand. Or Contact the Office of Electronic Media at 217-206-6799 to Purchase a Copy. To link to past Videos on Demand.


Illinois Innocence Project Client Exonerated of 1984 Sexual Assault and Murder

February 12, 2015
(Cook County, IL – February 12, 2015) — The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office yesterday morning, February 11, 2015, moved to vacate and dismiss all of the charges against Christopher Abernathy, exonerating him of a sexual assault and murder for which he served 29+ years in prison. Prosecutors agreed to his immediate release from the Illinois Department of Corrections. Approximately three hours later, Illinois Innocence Project staff, students and volunteers joined with Mr. Abernathy’s family to walk him out of Stateville Correctional Center. See more about Christopher Abernathy (PDF)

New Publications of The Papers of Abraham Lincoln staff

February 05, 2015
Two staff with the Papers of Abraham Lincoln – a project cosponsored by the Center – have published books recently.  Dr. Stacy Pratt McDermott, assistant director/associate editor, has published Mary Lincoln: Southern Girl, Northern Woman, Routledge Historical Americans, ISBN 1138786810.  Dr. Edward Bradley, assistant editor, has published “We Never Retreat”: Filibustering Expeditions in Spanish Texas, 1812-1822, Elma Dill Russell Spencer Series in the West and Southwest (to be released February 10, 2015).

Reinbold publishes article in the International Journal of Children’s Rights

January 16, 2015
Dr. Gary Reinbold, Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Faculty Associate of the Center for State Policy and Leadership, has published an article in the International Journal of Children’s Rights, 2014, 22(3): “Realising young children’s right to health under the Convention on the Rights of the Child: The promise–and the reality in Bangladesh and Kenya.” Dr. Reinbold also presented a paper at the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management 2014 Fall Research Conference: “Comparing chronic official poverty and chronic supplemental poverty as predictors of child outcomes: Evidence from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics.”

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