The current rush toward privatization of government services requires a reality check, says a former journalist now with a Milwaukee-area research organization. The gains touted don’t always materialize and might do more harm than good for local communities, said Jack Norman, director of policy research and development for the Institute for Wisconsin’s Future. Before joining IWF in 2000, he was a business and local news reporter for the Milwaukee Journal and then the Journal-Sentinel. ….. The area League of Women Voters hosted Norman as it begins a local privatization study that mirrors a similar national league effort.