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Who's To Blame For Busting Business In Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.24.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The following is an excerpt from an opinion written by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek: Governor Bruce Rauner, House Speaker Michael Madigan, Senat...

Illinois Senator Dares Governor To Meet With Refugees He Wants To Ban

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) urged Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) this week to rethink his opposition to letting Syrian re...

Rauner Can't Close Border to Refugees, But He's Not Powerless

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.20.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

On Monday, Gov. Bruce Rauner joined a wave of American governors who announced their states would no longer accept Syrian refugees due to security con...

Rauner Responds to Republican Scrutiny Over Child Care Cuts

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.18.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

By Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek Gov. Bruce Rauner finally might be heeding messages from more experienced Republican legislators. And those law...

Rauner Lacks Power to Stop Accepting Syrian Refugees

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.17.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday joined a fast-growing group of American governors issuing orders to stop new Syrian refugees from entering their states.

GOP Demagoguery Over Refugees Sinks to New Low

Robert Creamer | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics
Robert Creamer

In 1939, some 900 Jews fled Germany aboard a cruise liner. They had hoped to reach Cuba and then travel to the United States and safety. But when they arrived at the Florida coast, they were forced to return home. In the end, 250 of those on board were ultimately killed by the Nazis.

Will State Rep. Ken Dunkin Get "Primaried" in March?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.13.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The big question in Illinois politics this week is whether Democratic State Rep. Ken Dunkin's direct challenge of House Speaker Michael Madigan's auth...

Will Rep. Ken Dunkin Face Wrath of Speaker Madigan?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.12.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

UPDATE: State Rep. Ken Dunkin, D-Chicago, appeared Wednesday on WTTW-TV's "Chicago Tonight" and defended his decision to not cast votes on two Democra...

Are Bipartisan Deals on Child Care, Unemployment a Silver Lining in Illinois Budget Impasse?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.10.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

When New Year's Day arrives and news outlets are writing those "Year in Review" stories for 2015, Nov. 9 might earn special recognition as the beginni...

Rauner's Money, Looming March Primary Will Make Illinois Budget Vote Especially Complicated

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.06.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

We're within three weeks of candidate filings for the March 2016 primary. By January, all legislative candidates should know whether they'll have a c...

8 Ways You Can Help End the Illinois State Budget Standoff

Reboot Illinois | Posted 10.28.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The following is an opinion piece written by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek: "You're looking for hope? This will be a short conversation!" That w...

Will the Illinois State Budget Standoff Come to an End in November?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.27.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

What started last week as something of a Hail Mary pass on the Illinois state budget may bring Gov. Bruce Rauner and the four leaders of the Illinois ...

10 of the Saddest Things That Have Happened Because of the Illinois Budget Battle

Reboot Illinois | Posted 10.23.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

As the Illinois budget impasse drags on, we wanted to recap some of the saddest repercussions the logjam in Springfield has had on people and organiza...

7 Reasons Why You Need to Start Screaming About the State of Our State

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.22.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

What are we doing? Why do we allow this? Former governors Jim Edgar and Jim Thompson are beside themselves. One asks new Gov. Bruce Rauner to stop holding the budget hostage. The other spreads the blame and declines to name names.

Fitch Issues First Credit Downgrade of Rauner Era, Cites Illinois Pension Trouble

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.20.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Editor's note: This post has been updated to reflect an Illinois credit rating downgrade issued by Fitch Ratings on Monday afternoon. "With The Econo...

Rauner claims victim status in budget impasse; Jim Edgar doesn't buy it

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.19.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The following is an excerpt from an opinion piece written by Reboot Illinois' Matt Dietrich: Here is Gov. Bruce Rauner discussing the Illinois budget...

5 Good Arguments for Scraping and Keeping the James R. Thompson Center

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.15.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The Thompson Center has been an albatross ever since it opened. The things that make it unique architecturally -- chiefly the vast, open atrium -- make it uniquely unsuited as a workplace.

Thompson Center Expensive, Inefficient, but in a Valuable Location, Rauner Says

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.14.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The experience of stepping into the seat of state government in Chicago -- the James R. Thompson Center -- is much like that of stepping into the se...

Busting the Myths About the Illinois Budget Impasse

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.13.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner recently has said the $5 billion unbalanced budget passed by Democrats last year not only was unconstitutional, but that it also has...

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.