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Better Politics, Smarter Government

The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank promoting better politics and smarter government and preparing young people for careers in public service.

Bringing together public service leaders, our community, and students to carry on Senator Paul Simon's vision to create a place to research and provide constructive public policy resources, encourage others to take part in conversations on the issues of our time, and support the next generation of public leaders.

Our Better Politics, Smarter Government initiatives explore statesmanship, our world's formidable challenges, and the urgent need to renew Illinois. Learn more about past initiatives!