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Oh the Irony: "Back to the Future" Writer Who Predicted 2015 Cubs World Series Win Is Cards Fan

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.09.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

How's this for irony? When the movie "Back to the Future II" came out in 1989, the joke was self-evident: Things are so crazy in the far-off world o...

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...

Illinois Rewind: This Little Girl Sees the Way Forward for the State's Children

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.29.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

A series of reports by the Daily Herald and WBEZ finds indisputable evidence of something we've suspected for decades: "Kids who come from poverty plainly do not perform as well as those who are born to better circumstance." Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek calls on Illinoisans to care for all children in their communities and remembers her own community-aided upbringing.

Daley on Exit: I Could Have Won, That's Why I Quit

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.18.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Bill Daley offered a unique excuse Tuesday for why he had abandoned his bid for governor the previous day: He was confident he'd win. And he realized that, at 65, he wasn't prepared for the 5- to 9-year commitment winning the governorship would entail.

Emanuel on Letterman: Chicago Mayor "Best Job Ever'

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.10.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Hear Emanuel's response and his thoughts on gun control, Syria and running a president's staff -- plus a pretty good impression of his former boss, Bill Clinton -- in the video.

No Joke: You Paid $700,000 for Doors

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.05.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Turns out that Illinois state employees are among the highest paid, though Illinois does not top the list even among Midwestern states. But Illinois also has the fewest state employees per capita of all states. We break it all down in today's infographic. You be the judge of what constitutes "overpaid."

Quinn and Daley Toe to Toe; Civil Committee Fahner's Faux Pas

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 10.10.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Well, just in time for the Illinois State Fair campaigning, the sniping has begun between Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and his opponent, Bill Daley.

Metra chairman resigns: No politics here, he says

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.02.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

METRA CONTINUED The Metra board chairman portrayed by former CEO Alex Clifford as a pawn of House Speaker Michael Madigan resigned on Thursday. Cliffo...

Where is Quinn's amendatory veto pen when we need it?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.01.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

VETO PEN Three weeks ago Gov. Pat Quinn used his amendatory veto power to eliminate funding for lawmaker salaries after they failed to meet his July 9...

Where was Quinn's veto pen when we needed it?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.01.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Reboot Illinois is all about reform in Illinois government and nothing is better for improving government than a large and active electorate. So the ...

Income tax debate takes center stage

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.24.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

SPOTLIGHT ON INCOME TAX Jan. 1, 2015, is D-Day for Illinois' income tax. That's when most of the 2011 temporary income tax increase expires, dropping ...

Crime, debt, flight = Detroit? Not to a Chicago cartoonist

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.23.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

MOTOR (WINDY) CITY Chicago Tribune cartoonist Scott Stantis' view of crime-plagued, financially failing Detroit looks awfully familiar. He says a lot ...

Rep. Franks: Maybe Metra's Clifford broke law?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.18.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

IT'S ALL IN THE BERRIOS FAMILY CIRCLE Cook County taxpayers got dinged this week by county Assessor Joe Berrios as they will foot the $500,000 bill fo...

Suburban Paper Begins Charging Online Readers Monthly Fee

Posted 11.07.2011 | Chicago

With its move to begin charging its online readers a monthly fee to visit its site, the suburban Daily Herald Wednesday became the first Chicago area ...

Will Newspaper Be Forced To Disclose Names Of Anonymous Commenters?

Posted 06.26.2011 | Chicago

The newspaper of record for the Chicago suburbs has been subpoenaed with a request to disclose the identities of many of its online commenters. The...

Political Newcomer, Water District Candidate Todd Connor Is on a Roll

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Connor is likely the hottest candidate who has stormed onto the 2010 Cook County political stage.

"Gay Panic Defense" Used To Acquit Illinois Man Who Stabbed Neighbor 61 Times

Michael Rowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Rowe

Only two people know what really happened in that apartment on Hassell Road in Hoffman Estates in the early hours of March 5th 2008. One of the men is dead.