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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Richard J. Winkel Jr.  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

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Winkel resides in Urbana, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Winkel is the director of the Office of Public Leadership in the Institue of Government and Public Affairs. He served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003 and in the Illinois Senate from 2003 - 2007.


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Titles At Your Library

Illinois Politics: A Citizen's Guide
ISBN: 0252077024

University of Illinois Press. 2010

Illinois Politics: A Citizen's Guide sheds light on these important questions and more:

Why has corruption flourished in Illinois even as reformers struggle for ethical change?

How do the three regions of the state compete for resources?

How does the legislature work?

When did the state become so blue?

What powers do the governor and other elected officials really have?

How are judges appointed to and removed from the bench?

Why does Illinois have more units of government than any other state?

How did higher education lose ground as a funding priority?

What role did politics play in the current budget deficit?

And how can Illinois move beyond its status as the "most average state in the nation"?