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Illinois Budget

With No State Budget, Community Mental Health in Crisis

Mona Shattell | Posted 02.09.2016 | Chicago
Mona Shattell

Co-authored by Ann Fisher Raney, AM, LCSW, chief executive officer at Turning Point, Skokie, IL and Mona Shattell, PhD, RN, FAAN, member of the Board ...

Watch: Rauner Starts New Year With New Focus

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.08.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner has started 2016 with a series of high-profile press events that seem geared to emphasize accomplishment rather than his ongoing sta...

10 Mind-Numbing Facts About The Illinois Budget Deficit

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.04.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Opinion by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek Ready for an 8 percent income tax rate in Illinois? That's what all of us would have to live with, Illi...

Illinois's billionaires -- not the State == could be the salvation of Illinois's hungry, sick and homeless

Rebecca Sive | Posted 02.03.2016 | Chicago
Rebecca Sive

For Illinois's impoverished and ill, and the social service agencies that have enabled them to survive, the end of Illinois's state budget stalemate w...

Illinois Meets Paul Newman: Is What We Have Here a Failure to Communicate?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.29.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The 1967 prison drama "Cool Hand Luke" is a classic, and contains one of the all-time classic American movie lines. "What we've got here is failure t...

Time to End the Illinois Hostage Stand-Off

John Bouman | Posted 01.28.2016 | Chicago
John Bouman

Illinois's former Governor Edgar had it right months ago. Edgar characterized current Governor Rauner's refusal to negotiate a budget until he wins concessions on his ideological policy agenda as "hostage taking."

Rauner, AFSCME Impasse Could Benefit The Governor

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.26.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Opinion by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek Gov. Bruce Rauner's request that that state's labor relations board declare an impasse between his admi...

Opinion: Illinois Never Has Been In Such Bad Shape

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.15.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

What's gone on with Illinois state government in Springfield for the last year certainly qualifies as a reboot, but not the kind we envisioned when this website debuted in November 2012.

The Unfortunate Effects of Illinois' Budget Crisis

Reboot Illinois | Posted 01.13.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

By law, an Illinois budget for fiscal year 2016 should have been passed no later than July 1, 2015. Thousands of Illinoisans and organizations have been terribly affected by the Illinois budget crisis, and that number continues to grow every day.

Illinois Politics in 2015: Started With Rauner Coming Into Office, Ended With Calls For Rahm to Resign

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.04.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

In October, Emanuel had seen his former schools chief, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, plead guilty to corruption charges in one of the most brazen bribery schemes in state history. The McDonald controversy brought demands for his resignation that continue today.

Here's a Look at the Year in Illinois Politics 2015

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.30.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

January 1, 2015 marked the first time since 1999 that our state rang in a new year with a Republican governor-elect waiting to take office.

Breaking Through the Illinois Budget Reality Distortion Field

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.21.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

House Speaker Michael Madigan won't budge on opposing Gov. Bruce Rauner's reforms and also won't acknowledge that maybe, just maybe, some of the actions by ruling Democrats from 2003-2015 might have contributed the fiscal disaster and economic malaise now gripping Illinois.

Top 10 Quotes From Rich Miller's City Club of Chicago Speech

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.17.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

If you're a regular visitor to Reboot Illinois, you know that Capitol Fax publisher Rich Miller is one of the most astute observers of Illinois state ...

Highlights From Michael Madigan's Rare Speech at City Club of Chicago

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.10.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan warned Wednesday that Gov. Bruce Rauner's borrowing to fund state government operations is "terribly significan...

Are The Simpsons​ from Illinois? Absolutely. Here Are 22 MORE Reasons to Prove It

Madison Bondi | Posted 12.08.2015 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

After sharing my previous article, I received some flack from Twitter users and Facebook commenters, who are still in denial that The Simpsons are fro...

Sane Solutions to Illinois' Budget and Pension Madness

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.08.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Remember pensions? It's been exactly seven months since the Illinois Supreme Court told us, unanimously, that the state cannot force changes to pension benefits on public employees and retirees.

Veteran Statehouse Reporter Recalls When Mike Madigan Longed For Power

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.04.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

When reporter Kurt Erickson began covering the Illinois Statehouse, Jim Edgar was governor, George Ryan was secretary of state, Rod Blagojevich was a ...

Top 5 Things Learned at Illinois Budget Meeting

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.03.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

There was no way Tuesday's summit meeting on the Illinois budget could have lived up to its hype. No one with a shred of knowledge of the state budget...

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...

Illinois Now Worst State for Affordable Childcare

K. Sujata | Posted 11.09.2015 | Chicago
K. Sujata

If you've seen the news or have read the headlines, you know Illinois is in a state of crisis right now.

Watch: Illinois Budget Crisis Ruins 'Daily Show' Correspondent's Happy Ending

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.28.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

"Daily Show" correspondent Jordan Klepper gets super depressed after learning more about the Illinois budget crisis The Illinois state budget stalem...

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 ...

Moody's Knocks Illinois Credit Rating; Second Downgrade in Four Days

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.23.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Two ratings agencies this week downgraded Illinois' credit rating. What does this mean to you? Mainly it means that more of your tax dollars now will go toward paying interest on state borrowing.

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...