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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.

How Do You Pay for Your Purchases? | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business

When it comes to making purchases, we all have that go-to payment option. Whether it's a debit card, credit card, cash or check, it's the way we prefer to pay for in-person or online purchases.

Money Management for the 'Boomerang' Household

Jason Alderman | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Jason Alderman

Combined households sharing living expenses, childcare, eldercare and maintenance duties made life more affordable in the '50s. Due to recent economic realities, multi-generational living has been on the rise for many families.

Your Midyear Financial Checkup

Jason Alderman | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Jason Alderman

The summer months allow most of us a chance to slow down and catch up -- on relaxation, on chores and with a bit of scheduling and focus, on our money goals.

The Wrong Way

Debra L. Ness | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

If we want to deliver high-value, quality care to patients and families, we need to invest in better ways to deliver care -- not undermine the agencies that are making real the improvements our health care system needs.

Planning a Wedding on a Budget

Jason Alderman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Weddings
Jason Alderman

Couples can save considerable money through creative scheduling, direct planning and most important, treating their wedding as just one of many financial issues they'll navigate in a lifetime. That's why they might want to consider a little financial planning before the wedding planning starts.

Customer Service Just Died; and Your Training Budget Killed It!

Linda Harding-Bond | Posted 06.23.2015 | Business
Linda Harding-Bond

Once a month the CEO of a certain Five-Star resort company would return to the home office. A status meeting was always held. All vice presidents and middle management would attend either in person or via Skype.

The Road to Solvency

Bob Williams | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Bob Williams

Even though 49 states mandate a balanced budget, either constitutionally or statutorily, there is no uniform definition of a balanced budget, and accounting trickery has allowed states to avoid paying for their future obligations.

35 Items In Your Wardrobe is All You Need: 7 Steps

Ada Polla | Posted 06.22.2015 | Style
Ada Polla

My interpretation of a "minimalist wardrobe" was recently challenged when my girlfriend Jenn Mapp told me about her 35 items. I have known her for years (pre toddler and infant, pre house), and have always thought of her as a "fashionista" in the best sense of the word.

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.

8 Hotels That Are Excellent for Last Minute Booking

Hipmunk | Posted 06.21.2015 | Travel

By: Fiona Moriarty, Hipmunk Sometimes, it's not the early bird that catches the worm--it's the late one! The days of super advanced booking are over,...

Jonathan Cohn

Obamacare Repeal Would Swell The Deficit Even Using GOP's New Math, Budget Office Says | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

The economist that Republicans handpicked to run the Congressional Budget Office just told Republicans that one of their favorite arguments about Obam...

Germany's Leadership Role in Advancing Economic Freedom: Opportunity for All, Favoritism for None

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 06.19.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

The topics of strengthening the transatlantic partnership and advancing economic freedom were brought to the forefront, when we gathered in Brussels at a dinner event of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in December 2014.

10 Tools For The Female Entrepreneur on a Budget

Nancy Laws | Posted 06.19.2015 | Business
Nancy Laws

Being resourceful in business will allow the female entrepreneur on a budget to thrive despite the financial limitations. With an abundance of tools on the market that allow businesses to be able to run on a budget, money does not have to be the reason that you refuse to chase your dreams.

Optimal Fiscal Policy

Jared Bernstein | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

The position of the majority Republicans is that you should always balance the budget for... I just sat with these folks for two long hours and I can't really finish that sentence.

5 Madigan/Cullerton Quotes About Budget Talks

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.17.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

In the efforts to come to a budget agreement in Springfield by July 1, an unusual but unsurprising pattern has developed in the deadlocked talks.

After Rauner's Ad Blitz, Madigan and Cullerton Respond

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.17.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Even with all the news of the budget stalemate coming out of the General Assembly, the Better Government Association's Andy Shaw wants Illinoisans to remember that not all new developments out of Springfield this spring have been bad.

How To Eat In NYC For Under $25 A Day

Hipmunk | Posted 06.18.2015 | Travel

Everyone has to face the facts: New York isn't a cheap city. That said, there is a way to explore The City That Never Sleeps on a budget, including chowing down at the most delicious, affordable, and hole-in-the-wall eats not found on any tourist map.

Rauner Says Illinois Will See Spending Consequences If Budget Not Passed

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.15.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The Illinois General Assembly hasn't yet agreed on a balanced budget for fiscal year 2016. Mark Fitton of the Illinois News Network reports on what Gov. Bruce Rauner says will happen to programs such as Amtrak and the World Shooting Complex if lawmakers can't get a plan together.

Shhh...Speaker Madigan Is Speaking

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.12.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

As the Illinois General Assembly wraps up its second week of past-due budget wrangling, Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek looked at what House Speaker Michael Madigan might be thinking.

Daniel Marans

Alaska Budget Deal Averts Government Shutdown. Now Comes The Hard Part. | Daniel Marans | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

Alaska’s legislature approved a budget on Thursday that averts a government shutdown and ends a weeks-long political impasse. Now, talk turns to mak...

Illinois State Senators Square off and Share Competing Ideas

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.10.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois lawmakers are back to the drawing board when it comes to figuring out a balanced budget for the state.

This Is Not Illinois' First Budget Crisis Go-Round

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.09.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois' current budget fight is frustrating, but it's not the first time the state has found itself in a similar situation. Former Gov. Jim Edgar spoke to Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek about his own budget brawl in 1991.

5 Things You Need to Know About Student Debt as a Campaign Issue

Equal Justice Works | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Equal Justice Works

Student loan debt will be a key issue in the 2016 presidential election - and it should be. The $1.3 trillion in student loan debt has become a defining economic factor for students and graduates across the country.