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Items listed under State Documents have been received by the Documents Unit, Illinois State Library, Springfield, and are usually available from public libraries in the state through inter-library loan. Issuing agencies may have copies available. For items listed under Other Reports, write to the publisher as noted.

State Reports

Target: 1999/ A Preliminary Look at the Composition of the Illinois Labor Force in the Year 1999, Illinois Department of Employment Security, 555 S. Pasfield, Springfield 62704 (n.d.), 25 pp.

By 1999 at least 770,000 additional workers will be needed to staff the jobs generated by Illinois' economic growth. About two-thirds of the jobs will be white collar, one-fifth will be service jobs, and the balance will be found in various blue-collar occupations. Given this prediction, employers and educational institutions will have to develop action plans in two areas: 1) potential workers must receive the skill training necessary to compete and survive in an evolving work place and 2) the jobs themselves must be sufficiently attractive so that marginal workers are encouraged to join the labor force. Established organizations with public-private linkages are the leading candidates for developing and implementing such plans.

Factors Associated with Infant Mortality, Illinois Department of Public Health, 535 W. Jefferson, Room 450, Springfield 62761 (March 1988), 57 pp.

Between 1966 and 1985 the infant mortality rate in Illinois dropped dramatically — with parallel declines for both whites and nonwhites. The infant mortality rate is a combination of the neonatal (birth to 27 days) and postneonatal (28 days to one year) rates. In 1986 the total infant mortality rate increased slightly, although the perinatal death rate (a combination of the neonatal and fetal death rates) continued to decline. This is the first in-depth study of these and related statistics since the first report issued in 1962. Its purpose is to provide information for practitioners and researchers that will improve the health of mothers and children in this state.

Other Reports

The Illinois State Museum: Historical Sketch and Memoirs, by Milton D. Thompson, Illinois State Museum Society, Springfield 62706 (1988), 204 pp.

The Illinois State Museum is well over 100 years old; some would trace its beginnings to the establishment of the first Geological Survey in 1851, although it did not receive its present and official title until 1877. This volume begins with a description of the trials and tribulations of the difficult first years as the museum's early directors and various government officials sought to define its role. The author then traces the history of the museum chronologically through the two world wars and on up to 1977. Along the way he discusses such innovative programs as the Museumobile, which was begun in 1948 and continued for 22 years, and the audio systems that permitted visitors to hear and learn about individual exhibits. One entire section is devoted to the plans for and construction of a museum building, and throughout the latter part of the book the author mentions the Cahokia Mounds, their discovery and development as a park. Milton Thompson, who served as the museum's director from 1963 to 1976, worked on this manuscript following his retirement until his death in 1987. The present director and his staff are to be commended for finishing the project. In the process of providing us with the interesting story of the Illinois State Museum, they have given us further insights into the fascinating history of this very interesting state.

The Science-Technology Spiral and the Pace of Progress, Fermilab Industrial Affiliates Office, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, P.O. Box 500 — MS 208, Batavia 60510 (1988), 80 pp.

This slender volume presents the proceedings of the eighth annual Fermilab Industrial Affiliates Roundtable, which was held May 26-27, 1988. The affiliates are a group of about 40 organizations with some interest in the research and development work done at Fermilab; the program was begun in 1980 to improve university-industrial research communications and facilitate the "spinoff" of state-of-the-art developments from the laboratory. This report of the roundtable begins with a talk by Donald Fry on "U.S. Industrial R&D: The Good News and the Bad News." It then presents the keynote address by Joel Goldhar, "Science and Technology: The Basis for Global Competitiveness," which was followed by a panel discussion among Hirsh Cohen, Steven Lazarus, Richard Nicholson and Lee Rivers. The report ends with a presentation by Richard A. Carrigan Jr., "Interacting with the Technology at Fermilab."

Moving Into Power: Reinvigorating Public Life for the 1990s, Community Renewal Press, 332 South Michigan Ave., Chicago 60604.

This is volume 1, number 1 of a new series of occasional papers put out by the Community Renewal Society, which has been working with communities in Chicago for 107 years. This first issue comprises five stories about communities told by Harry C. Boyte, executive director of the Commonwealth Project of the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Boyte was in Chicago in November 1988 and met with community organizers, school reformers, journalists, philanthropists, and religious, business and labor leaders.                     Anna J. Merritt

April 1989 | Illinois Issues | 5

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