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Here We Go Again... Rauner and Madigan Resume War of Words

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.08.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Like a reoccurring nightmare, Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan on Wednesday returned to their fierce fighting tactics over the stat...

Rauner Says He's Talking to Democrats, But They Need to Stop Waiting and Take Action

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.07.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Surprisingly, some good news has come out of Springfield: Gov. Bruce Rauner, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton recently met to discuss the state budget impasse.

Here's What Pat Quinn Is Up To These Days

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.02.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

It's been nearly nine months since former Gov. Pat Quinn disappeared from the news cycle. This week, though, he's edged back into the headlines -- ...

How Boehner's 'False Prophets' Warning Could Apply to Rauner and Madigan

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.28.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Boehner is leaving because he can't reconcile with hardliners within his caucus who view any effort toward compromise with the Obama White House as capitulation.

Rauner Administration, Democrats Getting Very Good at Driving Each Other Crazy

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.25.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois Public Radio reporters Tony Arnold and Amanda Vinicky this week teamed up for a pair of stories that, in highly entertaining and informative fashion, describe two methods the opposing sides have used this year to antagonize each other and whip up the hostility that defines the 2015 legislative session.

Watch: Illinois' Bill Backlog Could Rocket Up to 2010 Levels

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.14.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois' bill backlog will reach $8.5 billion if New Year's Day arrives without a budget in place, Munger said. The last time the bill backlog got that bad, lawmakers deemed the situation an emergency and enacted a 67-percent income tax increase.

Rauner Rejected These 11 Conditions for Treatment by Medical Marijuana in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.14.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

As more Illinoisans apply for and receive permission from the state to use marijuana as a medical necessity, Gov. Bruce Rauner put a stop to further e...

Watch: Illinois House Dems have major power on union bill vote

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.31.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner has called a union bill passed by the General Assembly the worst piece of legislation in Illinois history and a "direct, frontal ass...

Recapping Drama in Illinois: At the State Fair and With the Ashley Madison Hack

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.25.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Six state government emails were found among the list of hacked accounts at the dating site Ashley Madison, which encourages married users to have affairs.

Illinois State Fair: Deep-fried Politics

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.24.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

If you've had any trouble understanding why we've got gridlock in Springfield, a few minutes' worth of the rhetoric between the state's primary political combatants -- Gov. Bruce Rauner, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton -- should make things clear.

Gov. Bruce Rauner Talks Up Republican Values at Illinois State Fair

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.24.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday rallied the Republican faithful and predicted a comeback for the party in Illinois as he hosted his first Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair.

Editorial: Give Rauner Room to Do What He Was Elected to Do

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.19.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Editor's note: This is an editorial written by Reboot Illinois' Matt Dietrich and Madeleine Doubek. Despite what House Speaker Michael Madigan belie...

Illinois' Geographic Rifts Grow Larger With School Spending Conflicts

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.18.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Forget Democrats vs. Republicans. A brewing fight over how state government funds Illinois schools districts draws geographic battle lines that pit Ch...

With No State Budget, Illinois Spending Is Running Amok, Unchecked

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.17.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

House Speaker Michael Madigan last week made a statement that, when examined against recent events in Springfield, says a lot about the state budget s...

After Some Contention, Illinois House Dems and GOP Agree on Something

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.13.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Stop the presses! Wednesday found the Illinois House voting unanimously on a spending bill. But unanimity doesn't equate to harmony in Springfield, at least not on the House floor before all members voted to sanction spending $5.2 billion in federal money that had been in limbo because of the state budget stalemate

Madigan Says the 2014 Election Was More About Pat Quinn's Failures Than Bruce Rauner's Successes

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.12.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The back and forth continued this week when Madigan and Rauner disagreed over a bill passed in the Illinois Senate that would free up about $4.8 billion in federal money that has so far been tied up due to the state's budget stalemate

Has Rauner Finally Found Effective Union Reform Rhetoric?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.11.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Rauner has said he would be more willing to talk about passing a budget if legislative Democrats were more willing to talk about these union deals.

Rauner on Property Tax Freeze Bill: Illinois Should Not Be 'Dictatorship From Chicago'

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.06.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner says a property tax freeze passed by the Illinois Senate this week is more evidence of Illinois being run as a "dictatorship from Chicago" by House Speaker Michael Madigan and his Democratic allies in the city.

Maybe It's Time to Let John Cullerton Lead the Way on Pension Reform

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.05.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

I'll admit it: Two years ago, I was an ardent supporter of Senate Bill 1, a sweeping pension reform proposal that would save the state more than $150 ...

How a Property Tax Freeze and Change to School Funding Could Break the Springfield Stalemate

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.04.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

A few weeks back, three Democratic senators talked to reporters in Springfield about a concept that would both freeze property taxes in Illinois for a few years and sunset the state's school funding formula in a few years.

Munger Reaches Labor Deal as Rauner Continues His Own Battle

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.11.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

As Gov. Bruce Rauner continues to battle with organized labor, the state comptroller he appointed has cut a deal with union workers in her office. Th...

Rauner's Business Reform Plan Could Face First Test With Plant Closing

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.29.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

There's no denying that Illinois' manufacturing economy has crumbled in recent years. But using the Mitsubishi closing as an example of the state's poor manufacturing climate is inaccurate and, more importantly, misses what it truly represents.

Six Months In, How Does Rauner Stack Up on Transparency Promises?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.28.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek says Gov. Bruce Rauner's oft-stated campaign goal of bringing unprecedented transparency to the governor's office is proving more difficult in practice than in stump speeches.

Rauner Yet to Act on Reverse Mortgage Bill

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 07.24.2015 | Chicago
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

The Springfield budget wars between first-year Gov. Bruce Rauner and long-time House Speaker Michael Madigan have dominated news headlines this summer. One story has received far less attention.

Is Scott Walker Less of an Extremist Than Donald Trump?

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.28.2015 | Entertainment
Robert Naiman

Scott Walker is turning his union-busting theory of labor relations into a warmongering theory of U.S. foreign policy.