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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Samuel Kimball Gove  

Pen Name: Samuel K. Gove


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1923 in Walpole Massachusetts

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Illinois Connection

Gove lived in Urbana, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gove is Director Emeritus of Illinois Government and Public Affairs and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been on the staff of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs since 1950, and was director in 1967-1985. He also was director of the Master of Arts in Public Administration program in the Department of Political Science. He is a fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration.Professor Gove's main interest is the study of the politics of state and local government, especially in Illinois. He also has an interest in the politics of higher education. He has been active in constitutional revision in Illinois.He has served as a member or on the staff of many governmental study commissions. He was one of the founders of ''Illinois Issues'' magazine and served as chairman of that board for over ten years. He directed the Legislative Staff Internship Program in Springfield for ten years.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Illinois legislative process, (University of Illinois bulletin)

University of Illinois, Institute of Government and Public Affairs. 1954

Illinois votes, 1900-1958;: A compilation of Illinois election statistics
ISBN: B0007EH6M4

Institute of Government and Public Affairs, University of Illinois. 1959

Revision success: The sixth Illinois constitutional convention (State constitutional convention studies)
ISBN: B0006W8D1K

National Municipal League. 1974

The Illinois Legislature: Structure and process
ISBN: B0006COL84

Published for the Institute of Government and Public Affairs by the University of Illinois Press. 1976

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"?


Samuel was honored at the 1996 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.

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