Public Policy


Patrick Higgins

Patrick Higgins, the village manager of Western Springs, Illinois, since 2000, has more than 33 years of experience in public administration and city management. His policy interests include transportation and homeland security, and he has been involved in a variety of regional committees and task forces. He has served as the transportation committee chair of the West Central Municipal Conference for more than 20 years and recently chaired the Regional Transportation Authority’s Cook-DuPage Corridor Technical Committee. Higgins has taught graduate courses in public administration at Chicago-area universities. His recent research interests vary across a wide spectrum: on the application side they include “smart” transportation corridors; on the theoretical side they include the continuing role of classical liberalism in current American political life and the development of a “Whig” model of public administration. Higgins earned an MAPA and PhD from Northern Illinois University with a concentration in public administration and political philosophy.

Currently teaching:Fundamentals of Public Administration
Foundations of the Nonprofit/NGO Sector

Victoria McGrath

Victoria McGrath is founder and CEO of McGrath Consulting Group, which serves public sector organizations in the areas of public safety and human resource consulting. She has more than 20 years of human resource experience in municipal government, public education, banking and healthcare. While working for the city of Brookfield, Wisconsin, she consulted with the library and the departments of planning, engineering, public works, fire, police and parks and recreation. McGrath earned a doctorate in administrative leadership from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, specializing in government efficiency. She has a master’s degree in management and a dual bachelor’s degree in labor relations and finance.

Currently teaching:Public Human Resources

Ricca Slone

Ricca Slone is an attorney and former state legislator. She was a consultant on regional water supply policy and lobbyist on environmental and sustainability issues for the Environmental Law & Policy Center, a regional nonprofit headquartered in Chicago. In the Illinois General Assembly, Slone chaired the Higher Education Appropriations Committee and was vice chair of the Energy and Environment Committee. She was honored as Legislator of the Year by the Illinois Environmental Council for her work on clean water, land use and smart growth and sustainable development. She has traveled extensively in India to study the feasibility of distributing solar ovens as an alternative to the use of wood for cooking in off-grid rural areas. Slone has an advanced certificate in international law from Chicago-Kent College of Law. She received a JD from the University of Illinois and an MA in public administration from Ohio State University.

Currently teaching:The Legislative Process
The Legislative Process
Foundations of the Nonprofit/NGO Sector

Morris Taylor

Morris Taylor is an associate professor in the public administration and policy analysis department at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He has taught courses in public management, policy analysis, public law, program evaluation, ethics, homeland security and public safety. Prior to his academic career Taylor was an administrator with the Social Security Administration in St. Louis; a St. Louis city and county police officer; senior attorney negotiator for State Farm Insurance Companies; and the Ira Glasser Fellow of the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri, investigating racial profiling and police misconduct. His research interests include police organizations, ethics, administrative law and aspects of civic engagement. His most recent publication is a book chapter in Icons of Crime Fighting: Frank Serpico, published by Greenwood Press. Taylor received his PhD in public policy analysis with a specialization in social jurisprudence from St. Louis University.

Currently teaching:Fundamentals of Public Administration
Fundamentals of Public Administration