Institute for Legal, Legislative, and Policy Studies

The Institute for Legal, Legislative and Policy Studies, a unit of the Center for State Policy and Leadership at the University of Illinois Springfield, develops and applies practical knowledge to improve public sector performance.

Through public policy research and development, program evaluation and design, and the education and training of government and nonprofit employees and citizens, the Institute seeks to bring new information to bear on public problems. Institute projects include those independently undertaken and those funded on a grant or contract basis through public and private sector support.

Through its faculty, staff, and outside consultants, the Institute offers skills in social science research, policy analysis, evaluation, curriculum design and implementation, conference planning and execution, advocacy development, and authoring publications.


Units of ILLAPS include:

The Survey Research Office (SRO)

The Child Protection Training Academy (CPTA)

The Illinois Legislative Staff Internship Program (ILSIP)

The Project for Public Safety and Justice (PPSJ)

The Illinois Traffic Safety Resource Program (TSRP)

Substance User Prevention and Recovery Program (SUPR) DUI Trainings


Recent Research

ILLAPS Visiting Researcher Manuel Gutierrez recently co-authored a chapter in Binational Commons with Kathleen Staudt, from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Their chapter analyzes how federal and state policies shape binational cooperation between the US and Mexico. They argue both countries enact legislation at the federal level that affects the border but it is not common to see legislation aimed at local level institutional cooperation. The authors also discuss best practices for cooperation across the United States-Mexico border, as seen in San Diego – Tijuana and Laredo – Nuevo Laredo as well as an example of challenges in El Paso – Ciudad Juarez. They end their chapter with recommendations for border governance.

Binational Commons was edited by Tony Payan and Pamela L Cruz. It will be released by University of Arizona Press on October 6th. To find more information about the book, please click here.


In the 2019-2020 school year, ILLAPS launched the Illinois Legislative Staff Intern Program (ILSIP) Intern White Paper Series to spotlight the research work completed by ILSIP interns in the academic component of the program. The first paper, submitted by Aaron Albrecht (2019-2020), looks at pension systems in Illinois. This project won the “Best Social Science – Graduate” award at the 2020 Science Technology and Arts (STARS) Symposium here at UIS. Aaron was thrilled to receive the award and most appreciative of the assistance of his faculty advisor, Dr. Ken Kriz of the Institute for Illinois Public Finance and Department of Public Administration at UIS.

A copy of Aaron’s white paper can be found here

More information about the about ILSIP can be found here

More information about the STARS Symposium can be found here

More information about the Institute for Illinois Public Finance can be found here