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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.

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.