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  Nowlan, James D.
NameJames D. Nowlan
Toulon, Illinois , United States
Born September 08, 1941 (76 years)
Last ModifedRBH
Jun 16, 2017 08:25pm
InfoJim Nowlan is a senior fellow at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs and an adjunct professor of public policy at Knox College. He was president of the Taxpayers' Federation of Illinois from 1991 to 1994.

Professor Nowlan considers himself a jack-of-all-trades in government and politics. Former Illinois Governor James Thompson called on him to take over troubled state agencies on three occasions and to assist his administration in eight different capacities.

He was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1968, at age 26. Four years later Governor Richard B. Ogilvie asked Professor Nowlan to be his running mate as the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor. They were narrowly defeated.

Former U.S. Senator Charles Percy asked Professor Nowlan to manage his successful campaign for reelection to the U.S. Senate in 1978. The following year, U.S. Representative John B. Anderson called on Professor Nowlan to organize his national presidential campaign. Nowlan's planning work for Anderson was described as "brilliant" in the Washington Post book, Pursuit of the Presidency.

His book Inside State Government is considered by many to be required reading for executives in Illinois state government. In a 1989 book, A New Game Plan for Illinois, Nowlan presented a specific, platform for Illinois in the 1990s. Professor Nowlan and Samuel K. Gove are co-authors of Illinois Politics and Government: The Expanding Metropolitan Frontier.

Nowlan's first experience with the IGPA was in 1963 when he was in his last year of undergraduate study; he worked as a research assistant. He has also been a visiting professor at IGPA.

"Whenever I get kicked out of government and politics, I take refuge at IGPA and hope to bring with me knowledge and experience. And I gain faculty policy knowledge that I can take back to the political and governmental arena," said Nowlan.

Nowlan received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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