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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Suggests Widespread Spending Cuts in Budget Address

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.18.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner introduced his plan for the state's Fiscal Year 2016 budget during an address in front of the General Assembly Feb. 18. Rauner outlined a plan that his administration says would eliminate a $6.2-billion budget deficit.

Gov. Bruce Rauner faced Democratic laughter during minimum wage increase proposal at Illinois State of the State speech

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.09.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

When Gov. Bruce Rauner suggested in his State of the State Address raising the minimum wage to $10 over seven years, Democrats in the audience laughed...

Big Improvements Ahead for Illinois Infrastructure?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.30.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

One of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's many challenges as he attempts to lead the state in a better direction will be to improve its infrastructure.

A New Era in Illinois Politics?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.29.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

With Gov. Bruce Rauner in the Executive Mansion in Springfield, could this really be the beginning of a new, cooperative era in Illinois politics?

Illinois' State Legislators Have the Fifth-Highest Salaries in the Country

Reboot Illinois | Posted 03.22.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The states that paid their legislators the most in 2014, ahead of Illinois, were California, Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan. New Mexico's state legislators don't receive an annual salary and New Hampshire lawmakers only earn an annual salary of $200.

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

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.15.2015 | 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.

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 ...

New Laws in Illinois You Don't Want to Miss

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.21.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

On January 1, many new Illinois laws went into effect, including prohibiting cellphone use while driving and a speed limit increase on some Illinois highways. Since then, the spring session of the Illinois General Assembly brought another batch of new laws and other actions. Here are five.

"Two Persons"

Brett Webb-Mitchell | Posted 08.30.2014 | Religion
Brett Webb-Mitchell

While I live in a state that amended its constitution to define marriage by religious morality rather than constitutional law, making it impossible for my partner and me to marry in North Carolina, at least my Church appreciates the many ways that love and marriage can be defined. After all, we are just two persons in love.

The Presbyterian Church's Tough Love of Israel

Sam Bahour | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Sam Bahour

Palestinian civil society and Palestinians -- Christians and Muslims -- have urged everyone interested in seeing peace with justice to divest from the occupation and to invest only where the occupation does not benefit.

Tech Startups With Federal Purse Strings

John McLaughlin | Posted 08.17.2014 | Technology
John McLaughlin

Startups can live or die by the depth of their investors' pockets, but some have stumbled on what can often be the most reliable source of funding -- contracts with the federal government.

How to Raise a Billion Dollars

Lee Schneider | Posted 07.01.2014 | Small Business
Lee Schneider

More than a billion dollars has been raised on Kickstarter since the platform was founded in 2009. Hundreds of millions have been raised on IndieGoGo,...

Customer Loyalty With a SXSW Interactive Twist

Kristen Tischhauser | Posted 03.19.2014 | Technology
Kristen Tischhauser

Those who go to Austin, Texas for South by Southwest Interactive, otherwise known as SXSW Interactive, know they're going to enjoy an incredible confe...

California Regulators Say Coding Bootcamps "In Good Faith" Won't Be Shut Down

Turnstyle | Posted 04.05.2014 | San Francisco
Turnstyle

by Nishat Kurwa (@nishatjaan) The cease and desist letters sent to so-called "hacker schools" in California is an attempt to protect students, not e...

Shift:Tech -- New Entrepreneurial Initiative Brings Tiny Armenia to forefront of World IT Industry

Christopher Atamian | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Christopher Atamian

ONEArmenia and its latest venture, the Shift::Tech initiative bring tectonic change to Armenia, one project at a time.

Promise for Pension Reform?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.04.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Senate President John Cullerton is getting behind a pension reform compromise bill being hammered out by the General Assembly's special, 10-member conference committee that has been working on a bill since June.

"The Time Is Now": An Interview With UN Youth Envoy Ahmad Alhendawi

ZP Heller | Posted 12.01.2013 | World
ZP Heller

The #2030NOW Twitter hashtag of this year's Social Good Summit, held in New York during the UN General Assembly week, was meant to be a rallying cry f...

Iran Makes Headway but the Bargain has not yet Matured

Raghida Dergham | Posted 11.27.2013 | World
Raghida Dergham

Neither has the bargain matured nor are conditions ripe for a handshake between US President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rohani. We are ...

World Leadership Forum: Free Markets Meet Sustainable Development

Lia Petridis Maiello | Posted 11.27.2013 | Business
Lia Petridis Maiello

The 13th Annual World Leadership Forum organized by the Foreign Policy Association in New York City offered a cross-section of facts and opinions on the global economy, financial markets and sustainable development with five high-profile panels.

'MAJOR SHIFT': What Obama's UN Speech Means For Iran Relationship

HuffPost Live | Erin McDonough | Posted 09.24.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

As President Obama delivered an address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, he vowed to pursue stronger relations with Iran in an effort to allevia...

Will the US and Iran Give Peace a Dance?

Joe Cirincione | Posted 11.24.2013 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

It is not often that the world gets to see the hinge of history move in real time. But it could happen this week, if the leaders of these two critical nations can grasp the moment.

Summers Out

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Even after pointing out how Occupy fell short and how a little agreed-upon focus might have prolonged the movement and allowed it to grow strong, Occupy did succeed spectacularly at their basic goal: changing the American conversation about the economy.

Seeking a Viable UN Path Forward on Syria

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

Perhaps the administration conceives air strikes as the lever to push the Syrian resistance to the long-promised negotiating table with Assad's government. But even if this is the game plan, the administration should be laying the groundwork now.

Madigan/Cullerton lawsuit: "Quinn acting like Blagojevich"

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.30.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

"NOT SINCE GOVERNOR BLAGOJEVICH..." House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton begin their lawsuit against Gov. Pat Quinn by in...

More patronage outrage from Metra scandal

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.25.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

METRA OUTRAGE CONTINUES It turns out that the Metra employee for whom House Speaker Michael Madigan was trying to obtain a raise was already collectin...