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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.

Let's Not Forget About the Pension Crisis in Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.05.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Over the past three months, the budget standoff has dominated the news cycle in Illinois, but it's important not to forget about the $105 billion unsolved problem that is the state's pension crisis.

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.

After a Traumatizing Past, One Cicero Woman Fears the Future the State Budget Impasse Could Bring

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.22.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

As the state budget impasse continues with no end in sight, the livelihood and health of Illinois' most vulnerable residents are at stake. The fear ...

Has Rauner Finally Found Effective Union Reform Rhetoric?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.11.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Rauner has said he would be more willing to talk about passing a budget if legislative Democrats were more willing to talk about these union deals.

Dead Last: Illinois Ranks 50th in the Nation for Fiscal Health

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.15.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The Illinois economy has not looked incredibly bright this past year-- and that's an understatement. According to a statistical analysis about fiscal ...

10 Things You Should Know About Gov. Rauner's Pension Reform Proposal

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.13.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The plan, which Rauner announced Wednesday, contains significant pension reforms, but also contains other measures that Rauner has tried unsuccessfully to get through the legislature. A higher standard of proof for employee injury claims and bankruptcy eligibility for Illinois municipalities are among them.

What Budget Crisis? The Truth About Illinois State Revenue

Amisha Patel | Posted 06.17.2015 | Chicago
Amisha Patel

Illinois working families already pay their fair share. Big banks, large corporations and the wealthy, however, continue to pay less and less to support the infrastructure that our state needs to thrive.

Nearly Half Of States Face Massive Budget Gaps

AP | By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics

ATLANTA (AP) — With the nation's economy at its healthiest since the Great Recession, a surprising trend is emerging among the states — large budg...

IL Governor Rauner's Pal Made $625,000 Per Hour Last Year and Then Gave $10 Million to Rauner Campaign to Attack Unions and Cut Worker Pay

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The New York Times reported yesterday that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's chief political backer, Ken Griffin, made $1.3 billion last year as manager of the hedge fund Citadel Capital. Griffin made as much personally as 26,000 average Americans making the median wage.

Arthur Delaney

Illinois Cuts Funds For Indigent Funerals | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) has decided the state will no longer help pay for poor people's funerals to reduce a $1.6 billion budget shortfall. ...

K-12, Higher Education Worlds Must Collide to Improve Student Outcomes

Douglas D. Baker | Posted 04.26.2015 | College
Douglas D. Baker

We believe that budget discussions should consider the growing role that institutions like ours play in educating our young people, long before freshmen check into their residence hall rooms for fall semester.

'Big Bang' Budget Bad for Illinois

Emily J. Miller | Posted 11.11.2014 | Chicago
Emily J. Miller

In a recent editorial, the Wall Street Journal wrote a disastrous economic prescription for Illinois, one that calls for a "big bang" of the sort that has blown up Kansas' budget and turned that state into a poster child for reckless and short-sighted financial management.

The Pension Crisis as Told by TV's Finest

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.25.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Get a little confused by all of this pension talk? We've brought some of your favorites from the talking box to help you figure it out!

Illinois Is the WORST State for Nonprofit Agencies

Madison Bondi | Posted 05.21.2014 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

According to a map put together by reddit user, bigafricanhat, using statistics from, Illinois is apparently the WORST for nonprofit agencies.

Governor's Budget Projections Mean Huge Cuts for Kids

Emily J. Miller | Posted 03.11.2014 | Chicago
Emily J. Miller

While Illinoisians rang in the New Year with family and friends, a little-noticed new forecast released by the Governor's Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) on the first of the year leaves no room for celebration.

How Does the State's Pension Disaster Affect Illinoisians?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 10.20.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Gov. Pat Quinn estimates that the pension liability grows by $12.6 million every day. We've heard about this issue for so long that it's become a jumble of doom-laden numbers all so large they are difficult to comprehend.

Hey, Chicago, Whattya Say? Chapter 9 Is on the Way?

Bob Williams | Posted 10.08.2013 | Chicago
Bob Williams

Today, Chicago residents can count on their streetlamps working tonight and the police responding to emergencies in well under an hour. Unless they demand immediate action to address public employee retirement costs, that may not be true tomorrow.

My Top Quotes in Illinois

Madison Bondi | Posted 10.01.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

The pension crisis still has no solution, and as each day passes, the Illinois taxpayers are the ones who pay the piper -- literally. It's cost ‪‎taxpayers‬ $21 billion since 2000, and it's only getting worse.

My Top Quotes in Illinois This Week

Madison Bondi | Posted 08.31.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

I took their triumph as a sign of hope for Chicago and the state of Illinois that improvement in an organization, whether it is a hockey team or a government, is possible.

State Ends Fiscal Year With $6.1 Billion Backlog Of Unpaid Bills

Reuters | Posted 09.01.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO, July 1 (Reuters) - Illinois ended fiscal 2013 with an estimated $6.1 billion in unpaid bills and other obligations, and that could swell to...

How Much Money Does Illinois Have? We Don't Know!

Anthony Knierim | Posted 08.26.2013 | Chicago
Anthony Knierim

How much of our money does Illinois have? Is it spending too much? We still don't know, yet. Here we are, nearly a year after Illinois' last fiscal ...

My Top Quotes in Illinois This Week

Madison Bondi | Posted 08.24.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

Starting with the seemingly-endless battle of pension reform in Springfield, to our crumbling public school systems in Chicago; no one can deny that this week in Illinois was brimming with some pretty intriguing sound bites.

Legislators load up on dessert and skip vegetables

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.07.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

As has occurred far too often over the years, our elected officials ate their dessert first last week. The vegetables got pushed off the dinner tab...