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A Look at the 10 Ways Rauner Wants to Change, Improve Education in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 02.05.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois schools have hit a big rough patch this year, what with Chicago Public Schools' huge budget gap, continuing funding disparities throughout th...

Rauner, Democrats Lay Out Plan for I-55 Expansion

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.05.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

A year ago, Gov. Bruce Rauner was on a barnstorming tour of Illinois to promote his Illinois Turnaround agenda in advance of the spring legislative an...

10 Mind-Numbing Facts About The Illinois Budget Deficit

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.04.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Opinion by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek Ready for an 8 percent income tax rate in Illinois? That's what all of us would have to live with, Illi...

Illinois Super PAC Donations Already Changing Landscape of 2016 Legislative Races

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.03.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

In 2011, with the state reeling from campaign finance abuses exposed in the Rod Blagojevich scandal, Illinois enacted its first-ever limits on campa...

Illinois Meets Paul Newman: Is What We Have Here a Failure to Communicate?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.29.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The 1967 prison drama "Cool Hand Luke" is a classic, and contains one of the all-time classic American movie lines. "What we've got here is failure t...

Top 5 Quotes From Rauner's 2016 State of the State Speech

Reboot Illinois | Posted 01.28.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Here are 5 top selected quotes from Gov. Bruce Rauner's second State of the State speech: 5. "We have the ability to lead the nation in growth and op...

Here's Everything You Need Today For Rauner's State of the State Address

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.27.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner today delivers his second State of the State Address in the Illinois House chamber at the Capitol. In his first address last year, ...

Rauner, AFSCME Impasse Could Benefit The Governor

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.26.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Opinion by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek Gov. Bruce Rauner's request that that state's labor relations board declare an impasse between his admi...

Infographic: The State of the State of Illinois in 2016

Reboot Illinois | Posted 02.03.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday delivers his second State of the State Address in the Illinois House chamber at the Capitol. In his first address last...

Year in Review: An Analysis of Rauner's Top 5 Statements From the 2015 State of the State Address

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.20.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

On Jan. 12, 2015, Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered an inaugural address that was a call to action for shared sacrifice to right the state's finances and, in turn, its economy.

Commission Proposes 14 Recommendations for Illinois Prison Reform

Reboot Illinois | Posted 01.19.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

A commission created last year by way of executive order by Gov. Bruce Rauner released its first set of recommendations that aim to reduce the pris...

Opinion: Illinois Never Has Been In Such Bad Shape

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.15.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

What's gone on with Illinois state government in Springfield for the last year certainly qualifies as a reboot, but not the kind we envisioned when this website debuted in November 2012.

Here's How Illinois Politicians Can Wage Campaign Cash Proxy Wars

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.11.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

On this week's "Only in Illinois," we explain how party leaders can wage very expensive proxy wars as they pass large sums into the campaign funds of candidates they support.

Plaintiff in Illinois Union Lawsuit Hopes SCOTUS Sides With California Teacher

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.08.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

A California lawsuit to be argued Monday before the U.S. Supreme Court could do much of the heavy lifting for Gov. Bruce Rauner in his effort to end f...

Michael Madigan Sees Major End-Of-Year Fundraising Surge

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.05.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

When we last checked the finances of the biggest Illinois political committees two months ago, Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Republicans he supports appeared poised to enjoy a huge fundraising advantage over their Democratic counterparts in 2016 Illinois General Assembly races.

Rauner Task Force Outlines 27 Recommendations for Reducing Local Taxing Bodies

Reboot Illinois | Posted 01.05.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

With nearly 7,000 units of government, Illinois has about 2,000 more than any other state in the nation, resulting in a behemoth bureaucratic industry...

Illinois Politics in 2015: Started With Rauner Coming Into Office, Ended With Calls For Rahm to Resign

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.04.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

In October, Emanuel had seen his former schools chief, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, plead guilty to corruption charges in one of the most brazen bribery schemes in state history. The McDonald controversy brought demands for his resignation that continue today.

Rauner's 'Turnaround' Is Driving Working People Down

Roberta Lynch | Posted 01.04.2016 | Chicago
Roberta Lynch

Will our state continue in its death spiral, driven down by Governor Rauner's bizarre patchwork of non-reforming reforms? Or will common sense and basic decency reassert themselves and set us all on a better course?

Here's a Look at the Year in Illinois Politics 2015

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.30.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

January 1, 2015 marked the first time since 1999 that our state rang in a new year with a Republican governor-elect waiting to take office.

The Top 10 Marijuana Policy Victories Of 2015

Rob Kampia | Posted 12.23.2015 | Politics
Rob Kampia

In 2015, state legislators considered bills to legalize marijuana in 21 states, decriminalize marijuana possession in 17 states, and legalize medical marijuana in 19 states. The table was set in other ways that will lead to a healthy serving of marijuana policy reform in 2016.

Jesus Emanuel's Health Care Plan

Roger Wright | Posted 12.22.2015 | Chicago
Roger Wright

Rain that just kept coming. Creepy warm winds on the first day of winter in Chicago as Jesus steps on to the evening Brown Line train and I start to t...

Breaking Through the Illinois Budget Reality Distortion Field

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.21.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

House Speaker Michael Madigan won't budge on opposing Gov. Bruce Rauner's reforms and also won't acknowledge that maybe, just maybe, some of the actions by ruling Democrats from 2003-2015 might have contributed the fiscal disaster and economic malaise now gripping Illinois.

Rauner and Madigan Want Surrender, Not Compromise

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.18.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

It's not healthy tension that we have now in Springfield. What we have is gridlock amid a winner-take-all battle of political philosophies.

Top 10 Quotes From Rich Miller's City Club of Chicago Speech

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.17.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

If you're a regular visitor to Reboot Illinois, you know that Capitol Fax publisher Rich Miller is one of the most astute observers of Illinois state ...

States Celebrating Hospitality With Nativity Scenes Want To Turn Away Syrian Refugees

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Around two thousand and sixteen years ago, a non-Christian Middle Eastern couple was in need of refuge for the night. There was no room...