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James Dunlap Nowlan

Born: 1941 in Toulon, Illinois
Pen Name: James D. Nowlan

Connection to Illinois: Nowlan is a Toulon native who currently resides in Princeton. He received his B. A., M. A., and Ph. D. degrees in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Biography: James Nowlan has been an Illinois legislator, state agency director, statewide candidate and campaign manager for US senatorial and presidential candidtaes. He was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1968 at age twenty-six. Four years later he was the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, running mate of Governor Richard B. Ogilvie. In 1978, he managed the successful re-election campaign of US Senator Charles H. Percy and the follwing year organized the national presidential campaign of US representative John B. Anderson. During the Governorship of James R. Thompson, Nowlan served in eight different capacities, including trouble-shooting state agency director (three times), special assiatnat for education, and executive director of a speical transition team that bridged the Governor's third and fourth terms. Nowlan received his PhD in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana. A former community newspaper owner and publisher, Nowlan served as president of the Taxpayers' Federation of Illinois from 1991 - 1994. He is a senior fellow at the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs and an adjunct professor of public policy at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

A New Game Plan for Illinois
ISBN: 0962268003 OCLC: 19630034

Neltnor House, Chicago, Ill. : 1989.

Fixing Illinois: Politics and Policy in the Prairie State
ISBN: 0252079965 OCLC:

University of Illinois Press 2014

In the 1950s, thriving commerce, strong leadership, and geographical good fortune made Illinois one of the most envied states in the nation. Today, persistent problems have left it the butt of jokes and threatened it with fiscal catastrophe. In Fixing Illinois, James D. Nowlan and J. Thomas Johnson use their four decades of experience as public servants, Springfield veterans, and government observers to present a comprehensive program of almost one hundred specific policy ideas aimed at rescuing the state from its long list of problems, including:An overhaul of state pension systems that includes more reasonable benefits and raising of the retirement age, among other changes;Broadening of the tax base to include services and reductions in rates;Raising funds with capital construction bonds to update and integrate the antiquated information systems used by state agencies;Uprooting the state's entrenched culture of corruption via public financing of elections, redistricting reform, and revolving door prohibitions for lawmakersPointed, honest, and pragmatic, Fixing Illinois is a plan for effective and honest government that seeks an even nobler end: restoring our faith in Illinois's institutions and reviving a sense of citizenship and state pride.

Glory, Darkness, Light: A History of the Union League Club of Chicago
ISBN: 0810115492 OCLC: 53840208

Northwestern University Press, Evanston, Ill. : ©2004.

Illinois Politics: A Citizen's Guide
ISBN: 9780252035203 OCLC: 968655561

UNIV OF ILLINOIS Press, [Place of publication not identified], 2017.

Considered a microcosm of the nation, the state of Illinois stretches almost four hundred miles from its northern limit at the Wisconsin line to its southern tip at Cairo, nestled between Kentucky and Missouri. Its political culture is as intriguing as the state is long.Illinois has produced presidents and leading members of Congress. It also has a long history of political corruption, including, in recent years, the federal indictments of two consecutive governors. The population of the state is exceptionally diverse, with a significant number of new immigrants. Its political allegiance, once firmly Republican, has trended ever more Democratic. Illinois can be divided neatly into three distinct regions: Chicago, the suburban collar surrounding the city, and the ninety-five downstate counties.Based on the research and experience of respected veterans of Illinois politics, this book shows how the government runs, how politics operates, and what obstacles and opportunities exist for change. It explains how power is exercised and how parties compete for it. For engaged citizens, scholars, and students, Illinois Politics: A Citizen's Guide is a timely and much-needed roadmap for positive change.

The Editor's Wife: One Woman's Political Climb to the Top
ISBN: 1420853996 OCLC: 68722423

AuthorHouse, Bloomington, Ind. : ©2005.

A story of a sensual woman in heartland politics.

The Itinerant: A Heartland Story
ISBN: 0963439561 OCLC: 44452382

Conservation Press, Winnetka, Ill. : ©2000.

Jake Trickle was a journeyman printer who loved reading, kept to himself and moved restlessly from small town to small town. Then in August 1949 he stepped off the bus in Williamstown, Illinois, and life opened like a flower in spring. He learned to love, to care about a community and to spot a problem in the local political system. But he also learned that

The Politics of Higher Education: Lawmakers and the Academy in Illinois
ISBN: 0252005589 OCLC: 2318316

University of Illinois Press, Urbana : ©1976.