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Munger Reaches Labor Deal as Rauner Continues His Own Battle

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.03.2015 | 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.

Court Filings by Illinois Attorney General and Comptroller Show Rising Friction

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.22.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

An appellate court ruling last week ensured that paychecks will continue without a budget for the foreseeable future. This legal battle is far from over and what we've seen so far is a perfect illustration of how the political deadlock between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democrats who control the General Assembly is spilling beyond the Capitol.

Compromise Options Dwindling for Rauner and Madigan on Illinois Budget

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.21.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

For the last month-and-a-half, House Speaker Michael Madigan has repeated in his weekly press conferences a pledge to work "cooperatively and professionally" with Gov. Bruce Rauner to work out a compromise on a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.

Bruce Rauner Having a Hard Time Accepting Small Victories

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.16.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The question comes up in almost every conversation I have these days: "So, you think Rauner or Madigan will win this budget fight?" My answer is consistent: House Speaker Michael Madigan won these fights for 30 years with five previous governors. There's no reason to think it'll be different.

Illinois' Financial Crisis Has Parallels in Greek Tragedies and Greek Politics

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.14.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

One of the factors that could have contributed to this unfortunate state of affairs in state finances is the political fights that delay real solutions.

Rauner Remains in Blatant Violation of Our Illinois Constitution

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Doug Ibendahl

Bruce Rauner must go back to square one and submit a balanced budget as our Illinois Constitution requires him to do as Governor.

Are Illinois' Elected Officials Running a Government or a Political Campaign?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.13.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Capitol Fax's Rich Miller has an argument to make: If one were to look at the workings of Illinois state government last week, they might not be able to tell whether they were examining a political campaign or the negotiations of actual elected officials.

Maybe Bad News Would Be Good for Illinois' Budget Crisis

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.09.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

That old adage about crisis begetting opportunity loses its punch when you take the crisis out of the equation. I know that Illinois politicians' chronic avoidance of painful choices got the state government into the miserable financial condition it's in now.

Illinois State Employees Don't Have Many Options Left for Pay During Shutdown

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.08.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Cook County Circuit Judge Diane Larsen on Tuesday ruled that without a state budget, the Illinois Comptroller's Office can't issue paychecks to the vast majority of state employees.

One Goal: What the Cup-Winning Blackhawks Can Teach the Champions of Working People

Roberta Lynch | Posted 07.07.2015 | Chicago
Roberta Lynch

Like the Blackhawks, we have to focus on One Goal: standing up against the ruthless assault that is now underway not just on labor unions, but on the American Dream of fairness for all, that unions have been so critical to building and sustaining.

Beware the Summer Tax Hikes, Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.07.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek looked at five new or increased taxes Illinois and Chicago residents could be subjected to by the end of the summer.

Illinois Comptroller Says Only a Court Order Can Authorize Payments During Budget Shutdown

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.06.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Munger, the state official in charge of the state's checkbook, said that while she has authority to continue paying some bills under existing court orders, most day-to-day expenses, including payroll for state employees, are another matter.

Did Your State Lawmaker Vote for Illinois' Temporary Budget?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.06.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

With Illinois' state government no-budget shutdown in full swing, House Speaker Michael Madigan proposed a temporary 30-day budget July 1 that didn't pass in the House. A separate Senate bill did pass with no support from Republicans. The Illinois News Network's Mark Fitton explained.

Gov. Rauner to Lawmakers: Pass a Budget, or No Pay Raise

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.02.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The fact that the law may not be on his side here is irrelevant. The bigger question: What lawmaker right now will be willing to be a plaintiff in the lawsuit that seeks restoration of those statutorily guaranteed raises? Precedent says it will be a slam-dunk victory in a court of law. But the jury in the court of public opinion won't be so kind.

7 Terrible Consequences of the Illinois Government Shutdown

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.01.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Everything appears to be in flux, but here's a look at some things that might happen as state government enters the legal and political limbo that comes with running the state with no spending plan.

Is Madigan or Rauner Winning in the Illinois Government Shutdown?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.01.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he can ease the pain of a state government shutdown by paying state employees for as long as takes to enact a state budget. House Speaker Madigan suddenly is the most media-friendly figure in Springfield. He's presenting himself as the genteel, moderate figure in the budget standoff.

Chicago Mayor Rejects State Cash Advance For Schools

Reuters | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics

CHICAGO, June 29 (Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday turned down an offer by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to advance a fiscal 2016 st...

Poll: Gov. Bruce Rauner's Support Slumps

David Ormsby | Posted 06.26.2015 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Since Governor Bruce Rauner unleashed his nearly $2 million TV Ad buy two weeks ago, political and media pundits have been almost exclusively focused ...

A Look at Michael Madigan's "Non-Budget"

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.23.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek has little use for House Speaker Michael Madigan's oft-repeated accusation that Gov. Bruce Rauner is being unreasonable and "extreme" by trying to use "non-budget issues" as bargaining chips in deadlocked budget talks.

Judge Grants Injunction Against Mark Diamond

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 06.22.2015 | Chicago
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Life for Chicago businessman Mark Diamond got harder last week, even as questions remain for some about why he has not yet faced criminal prosecution.

Rauner's Ad Blitz: Slow Now, Could Ramp Up Later

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.22.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Last week, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner released a TV ad campaign aiming to convince regular Illinoisans to side with him, and not House Speaker Michael Madigan, on the state's budget debate. Capitol Fax's Rich Miller says the governor's ad was not as foreceful as some might have expected them to be, but it still wasn't not necessarily productive.