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Entries by Matthew Dietrich from 08/2013

Where was Quinn's veto pen when we needed it?

| Posted 08.01.2013 | Chicago

Reboot Illinois is all about reform in Illinois government and nothing is better for improving government than a large and active electorate. So the ...

Where is Quinn's amendatory veto pen when we need it?

| Posted 08.01.2013 | Chicago

VETO PEN Three weeks ago Gov. Pat Quinn used his amendatory veto power to eliminate funding for lawmaker salaries after they failed to meet his July 9...

Metra chairman resigns: No politics here, he says

| Posted 08.02.2013 | Chicago

METRA CONTINUED The Metra board chairman portrayed by former CEO Alex Clifford as a pawn of House Speaker Michael Madigan resigned on Thursday. Cliffo...

Does the Whole World Think Illinois Is Crazy?

| Posted 08.13.2013 | Chicago

Illinoisans have learned to weather a certain amount of scorn from the national media about our government's dysfunction. This week, though, the criticism goes international.

Bruce Rauner: I'm Ready to Fight Unions

| Posted 08.14.2013 | Chicago

Illinois has never seen a candidate for governor like Republican hopeful Bruce Rauner. The Chicago venture capitalist has nearly endless wealth he could put into his campaign. He has no experience in elected office.

GOP Day at IL State Fair: 4 Gov Candidates Square Off

| Posted 08.16.2013 | Chicago

Republicans this year are giddy about their chances for retaking the governorship for the first time since Rod Blagojevich's victory in 2002.

Washington Post Gives Nation a Look at Illinois' 'Family Feud'

| Posted 08.20.2013 | Chicago

I would imagine all of this Democratic in-fighting comes as a big surprise to most Washington Post readers, who know Illinois mainly as a state so blue that presidential candidates don't bother campaigning here.

Audit: Metra Payout Unnecessary

| Posted 08.21.2013 | Chicago

Patronage, clout, hush money, misuse of public funds... there are so many ways the events surrounding the departure of former Metra CEO Alex Clifford have exploded into the biggest Illinois scandal of the summer.

Will Quinn Campaign Get Minimum Wage Increase Back on Track?

| Posted 08.23.2013 | Chicago

This could be an uphill battle, however, due to two statistics: Illinois already has the highest minimum wage in the region and unemployment is 9.2 percent -- second highest in the nation.

Pension Committee Compromise Sure to Displease

| Posted 08.27.2013 | Chicago

There is one thing I am absolutely, 100 percent sure about when it comes to the pension bill being hammered out by the Illinois General Assembly's conference committee: Whatever it is, both sides will find plenty to hate about it.