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Entries by Matthew Dietrich from 07/2013

Daley raises $800k, demands campaign reform; Poll: Rutherford leads GOP pack; Government golden parachutes you pay for

| Posted 07.01.2013 | Chicago

2014 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Daley tweeted Sunday night that he has raised $800,000 since announcing his candidacy three weeks ago. He...

Great news, Illinois: Pension debt only costs you $5 million a day

| Posted 07.02.2013 | Chicago

GOOD NEWS For months, Gov. Pat Quinn's office has said Illinois' pension debt is growing by $17 million a day. But as we rang in Fiscal New Year 2014 ...

2014: Bloomberg endorses Daley; Blog: Gun issues in 2014 election; Poll: Name trouble for Daley, L.Madigan? Stantis: Quinn's concealed weapon

| Posted 07.03.2013 | Chicago

2014: BLOOMBERG ENDORSES DALEY New York Mayor and staunch gun-control advocate Michael Bloomberg has endorsed Bill Daley in his run for governor. In a...

Sounding off on pensions, state government

| Posted 07.05.2013 | Chicago

REBOOTER IN ACTION A friend of a friend recently forwarded us something circulating around the Internet that showed someone educating others about his...

Are your income taxes going up? Tribune weighs in, we've got lots of info; 2014: Al Gore for Bill Daley; Pension deadline tomorrow

| Posted 07.08.2013 | Chicago

FAIR TAX OR MORE TAX? The Chicago Tribune on Sunday blasted an effort by some lawmakers to change Illinois' income tax system from a flat rate paid by...

Tribune blasts progressive tax plan; debate is on!

| Posted 07.08.2013 | Chicago

The issue of whether Illinois should ditch its 43-year-old flat-rate income tax system for a new system in which tax rates rise according to a taxpaye...

Famous friends including Al Gore help Bill Daley

| Posted 07.08.2013 | Chicago

Last week New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg came through for Bill Daley with a strong endorsement video. This week we learn that he also got out his pe...

Video: Lawmakers get testy with Quinn on pensions; Mell: political power as family heirloom; Google buzz on 2014 gov candidates

| Posted 07.09.2013 | Chicago

LAWMAKERS TO QUINN: WHERE ARE YOU? Both Republicans and Democrats on a 10-member special pension committee teed off on Gov. Pat Quinn Monday. More acc...

Quinn to lawmakers: No pension bill, no pay

| Posted 07.10.2013 | Chicago

2014: QUINN'S BAD DAY Gov. Pat Quinn had one of the worst days of his governorship Tuesday in Springfield. First the General Assembly resoundingly rej...

Quinn: No pension bill, no paychecks -- Political stunt or shrewd move? Join us to give voters fair maps; Stantis: IL v. Bieber

| Posted 07.11.2013 | Chicago

NO CHECK FOR YOU! Gov. Pat Quinn had threatened "consequences" to lawmakers if they didn't pass a pension reform bill by July 9 and on Wednesday he de...

Sky the limit on campaign funding for 2014 Illinois gov race

| Posted 07.12.2013 | Chicago

SKY'S THE LIMIT? Illinois only recently imposed its first campaign contribution limits. But with Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner likel...

Metra chief memo: I stood up to Madigan, others and got fired for it

| Posted 07.15.2013 | Chicago

METRA MEMO AND MADIGAN Even if you never ride Metra, if you live in Illinois, your tax dollars help pay for it. That's why you should pay attention to...

Madigan won't run for governor: What it means for 2014 ballot

| Posted 07.16.2013 | Chicago

LISA By now you know that Lisa Madigan will seek a fourth term as attorney general rather than challenging Pat Quinn for governor. Perhaps most intere...

Metra scandal: Clout, connections, family ties

| Posted 07.17.2013 | Chicago

METRA AND THE MADIGANS With a $718,000 buyout that required the recipient never to divulge why he was being bought out, the Metra scandal already cont...

Ex Metra CEO: Speaker Madigan has "moral character flaw"

| Posted 07.18.2013 | Chicago

WHO'S GOT THE "MORAL CHARACTER FLAW?" Ex Metra CEO Alex Clifford says House Speaker Michael Madigan has that big character deficit. Wait, who? Only hi...

Rep. Franks: Maybe Metra's Clifford broke law?

| Posted 07.19.2013 | Chicago

IT'S ALL IN THE BERRIOS FAMILY CIRCLE Cook County taxpayers got dinged this week by county Assessor Joe Berrios as they will foot the $500,000 bill fo...

Madigan, Metra and clout culture: "Legal" doesn't mean "correct"

| Posted 07.22.2013 | Chicago

LEGAL VS. RIGHT Whether House Speaker Michael Madigan broke any laws in trying to obtain a raise for a political donor at Metra is all but irrelevant....

Did Madigan break laws? In Metra scandal, that's not the issue

| Posted 07.22.2013 | Chicago

Let's be clear on thing regarding House Speaker Michael Madigan's role in the Metra scandal: he probably didn't break any laws. As State Rep. Jack Fr...

What's in Illinois' income tax future?

| Posted 07.23.2013 | Chicago

TAX TALK Illinois lawmakers face some tough choices about our state income tax. In 2011, they raised the income tax from 3 to 5 percent for four years...

Crime, debt, flight = Detroit? Not to a Chicago cartoonist

| Posted 07.24.2013 | Chicago

MOTOR (WINDY) CITY Chicago Tribune cartoonist Scott Stantis' view of crime-plagued, financially failing Detroit looks awfully familiar. He says a lot ...

Income tax debate finally taking center stage

| Posted 07.25.2013 | Chicago

When rebootillinois.com launched in November 2012, we knew that an effort to change the Illinois constitution and start a sliding-scale, progressive i...

Income tax debate takes center stage

| Posted 07.25.2013 | Chicago

SPOTLIGHT ON INCOME TAX Jan. 1, 2015, is D-Day for Illinois' income tax. That's when most of the 2011 temporary income tax increase expires, dropping ...

More patronage outrage from Metra scandal

| Posted 07.26.2013 | Chicago

METRA OUTRAGE CONTINUES It turns out that the Metra employee for whom House Speaker Michael Madigan was trying to obtain a raise was already collectin...

Quinn's lawmaker salary veto: Playing with fire?

| Posted 07.29.2013 | Chicago

SALARY VETO AS STRATEGY This week Illinois lawmakers will miss their first monthly paycheck after Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed their salaries after their fai...

2014: Daley officially in for governor

| Posted 07.30.2013 | Chicago

DALEY OFFICIALLY IN Maybe it was a foregone conclusion, but Bill Daley today made his run for governor official, filing paperwork with the Illinois St...