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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Kent D. Redfield  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: N/A

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Illinois Connection

In 1979 Professor Redfield joined the faculty at Sangamon State University, which was merged with the University of Illinois in 1995.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kent D. Redfield is an emeritus professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Since 1979, he has been a research fellow with the Institute for Legislative Studies. Dr. Redfield has also been director of the ''Sunshine Project'' - a campaign finance research project, since 1997. His research has been presented in many reports, a series of articles in Illinois Issues, and two books - Cash Clout and Money Counts. He was also contributor to the ''Almanac of Illinois Politics''.

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Titles At Your Library

Lawmaking in Illinois: Legislative Politics, People, and Processes
ISBN: 0938943014

Inst for Public Affairs. 1986

How much power does the Illinois General Assembly have? What are the constitutional and practical limits of that power? Who are its members? How well is it staffed? How does the legislative process really work? How does the lobbying process work? What is the role of the governor in lawmaking? Does Illinois' legislative system reflect the diversity of the state itself? How does the General Assembly stack up against other legislatures? This carefully organized and clearly written book addresses these and many other important questions about the Illinois legislature. It was written for those individuals - students, interns, lobbyists, journalists, political scientists and interested citizens - who need a good working knowledge of the General Assembly, its formal functions and processes and its traditions and mores. Special emphasis is given to its members and staff. Based upon both exacting research and direct observation and interaction with members and longtime observer s, lawmaking in Illinois is a sharply etched portrait of Illinois' dynamic legislative branch. JACK R. VAN DER SLIK is the director of the Illinois Legislative Studies Center at Sangamon State University. He has degrees from Calvin College and Western Michigan University in addition to an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Michigan State University. KENT D. REDFIELD is the associate director of the Illinois Legislative Studies Center at Sangamon State University. After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Utah he received an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington. From 1972 to 1979 he was a legislative analyst on the staff of the speaker of the House in the Illinois General Assembly, assisting several legislative committees. As the program coordinator for the Illinois Legislative Staff Internship Program, he works closely with the legislative leader of both the House and Senate and the Legislative Research Unit.

Cash Clout: Political Money in Illinois Legislative Elections
ISBN: 0938943057

Inst for Public Affairs. 1994

Cash Clout: Political Money in Illinois Legislative

Money Counts: How Dollars Dominate Illinois Politics and What We Can Do About It
ISBN: 0938943197

Inst for Public Affairs. 2000

To many, Illinois is a poster child for campaign finance reform. Yet the state has a history of keeping this issue off the public agenda in order to retain the advantages that the free flow of money provides for incumbent public officials and private interests with money. Redfield (University of Illinois-Springfield) details 14 common-sense, achievable ideas for leveling the state's playing field. It shows who gives to politicians and judges, how much they give, and why, and examines consequences ranging from "dumb laws" and special legislation to corruption such as the bribes-for-licenses scandals. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (



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