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Better Politics, Smarter Government


Bringing together public service leaders, our community, and students to carry on Senator Paul Simon's vision.

Our Better Politics, Smarter Government initiatives explore statesmanship, the formidable challenges facing our world, and the urgent need to renew Illinois. Learn more

APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW FOR 
2022-2023 CELIA M. HOWARD FELLOWSHIP

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INTRODUCING SIMONCAST:
WIDE-RANGING, CIVIL CONVERSATIONS

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Understanding Our New World: A Livestream Discussion Series

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Illinois Authors: Meeting the writers who bring the Prairie State to life

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