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Miller: Gov. Bruce Rauner Has Not Shut the Door on Tax Hikes

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.26.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Rich Miller of Capitol Fax took a look at how exactly Rauner and his team plan to deal with the state's issues, including the possibility of higher taxes along with spending cuts.

Reeder: Quinn's Inauguration Absence a Disappointment

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.23.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn was not present at Gov. Bruce Rauner's inauguration ceremony on Jan. 12. To Scott Reeder of the Illinois News Network, this was the ultimate act of sour grapes.

It Costs $36 to Win One Vote in Illinois but Only $18 to Lose One

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.22.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

In spending $65.4 million to win 1.82 million votes, Bruce Rauner spent $35.88 per vote. Pat Quinn spent $30.2 million in 2014 and received 1.68 million votes, spending slightly less than $18 per vote.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Could Look to Former Gov. Pat Quinn for Some Dos and Don'ts

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.20.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Rauner also will have to learn from and work with other Democrats during his gubernatorial term--Democratic legislators and their leaders. Capitol Fax's Rich Miller says that a new poll shows that Illinoisans want Rauner and his new colleagues to work together to govern the state well.

Industry Campaign Contributions Should Disqualify Rauner's Pick for Natural Resources Director

Will Reynolds | Posted 01.16.2015 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

Foresight Energy also gave $10,000 to Rauner's campaign fund and was a top inauguration sponsor giving up to $100,000. It's looking like business as usual in the new administration.

Illinois lawyer to Gov. Rauner: Cut waste in prisons

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.16.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

One southern Illinois lawyer, Joni Beth Bailey, has a message for the new governor as he looks to take the state in a new direction. She appreciates G...

Governor Rauner's Environment & Energy Adviser Represents Many of Illinois' Worst Polluters

Will Reynolds | Posted 01.16.2015 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

Rauner distinguished himself among Republicans during the campaign by acknowledging the scientific reality of climate change. Yet, Rauner's report includes more than a dozen calls for changing the business climate while making no mention of addressing the global climate crisis.

Illinois medical marijuana program leaves questions

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.16.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The headline on a Daily Beast article Wednesday gives Illinois government way too much credit: "Illinois' Absurd Fight to Block Medical Marijuana." T...

Meet Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's Six New Appointees

Reboot Illinois | Posted 01.15.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has officially taken the oath of office and assumed responsibility for the leadership of the state for the next four years. But he'll have some help from his staff, cabinet members and advisors.

Illinois' Gov. Rauner Takes on a Productive First Day in Office

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.14.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner campaigned on a promise to shake up Springfield. He started that process on Tuesday, his first full day in office, by seeking to rescind numerous appointments and hires by his predecessor and setting new ethics rules for employees of executive branch departments and agencies under his command.

New Gov. Bruce Rauner Calls on Illinoisans to Make Sacrifices in Inaugural Address

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.13.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois' new Gov. Bruce Rauner began his term with an inaugural address that called on all Illinoisans to work hard to make their state better, even ...

Big Mess Awaits New Governor

Reuters | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics

By Karen Pierog CHICAGO, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Illinois' new governor, Bruce Rauner, will begin tackling perhaps the biggest fiscal mess ...

New GOP Governor's Inauguration Raises Questions Of Corporate Influence

Reuters | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics

By Mark Guarino CHICAGO, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Incoming Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner campaigned as a reformer of the state's often corr...

Illinois budget could be heading down a road to trouble

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.08.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Ever since he won the Nov. 4 election, Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has been sounding warnings about the budget danger facing Illinois. In December, he sa...

Rauner Announces Comptroller Appointment While Quinn Calls Special Session to Discuss His Own Appointment

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.06.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has announced he will appoint former Helene Curtis/Unilever executive Leslie Munger to replace the state's late compt...

Incoming Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Faces Big Challenges

AP | SARA BURNETT | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) -- Bruce Rauner became a Republican rock star when he unseated a Democratic governor in left-leaning Illinois, pledging to run Barack Oba...

Reeder: Illinois' Lame-Duck Sessions Are Lame

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.12.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Pat Quinn has called for a special session Jan. 8 for a lame-duck vote on whether to have a special election in 2016 to elect a state comptroller. Scott Reeder, Executive Editor of the Illinois News Network, says lame-duck sessions present the worst opportunities for political shenanigans and should be done away with completely.

After Topinka, who will keep Illinois politicians honest?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.23.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois government still is experiencing a void where the late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka's frank voice used to be. Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Dou...

Illinois elves have some gift ideas for your favorite politicians

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.23.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Still trying to check off your last gift-buying errands on your holiday list? Not sure what to get your favorite (or least favorite) politicians this ...

Beyond Gov. Quinn's Much-Questioned Appointment: Should the Illinois Sports Facility Authority Even Exist?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.19.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

While Illinoisans wonder what to do with that part of the state's financial question, one Illinoisan in particular is being singled out for his influence over one of Illinois' very biggest financial questions.

Public Recordings of Police Officers Will Be Legal in Illinois After All

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.16.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

I'm not sure how this caught fire and spread so quickly on Facebook and Twitter, because the whole point of the eavesdropping law revision was to remove language that made it a felony for any citizen to record a law enforcement officer on duty. It was that portion of the eavesdropping law that made it both unconstitutional and absurdly antiquated.

Frustration With Police in Chicago Runs Deeper Than Ferguson, New York Protests

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.11.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Brian T. Murphey, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, says these recent events are only the catalyst for conversations based on larger, deeper frustrations over a long period of time.

One Idea, Many Consequences

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 12.09.2014 | Chicago
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

Preparing to take office in January, Bruce Rauner has turned to Illinoisans for ideas. People providing ideas are asked to allocate them to one of the 88 state agencies. The Department of Aging, being the first on the list, caught my attention.

Rauner's Union Leader Dilemma

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.05.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

When Bruce Rauner won the Republican nomination for governor on March 18, he abruptly dropped one term from his campaign vernacular: "union bosses."

Jim Edgar remembers his own time as an Republican governor working with a Democratic legislature in Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.24.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner will follow in the footsteps of former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar when he takes control of a state in a fiscal crisis ...