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Illinois Budget

After Highs and Lows of 2016, Make 2017 a Better Year for Women & Girls

K. Sujata | Posted 01.08.2017 | Women
K. Sujata

We don't yet know everything 2017 will bring, but as we revisit the major events and cultural moments of 2016, it is helpful to consider what the past...

What the Illinois Comptroller Race Results Could Mean for State Budget Crisis

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.07.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Opinion No analysis of the race for Illinois comptroller is complete without the term "proxy war." It's a term Illinois voters have heard and exp...

Despite Stopgap Budget Deal, Moody's Downgrades Credit Ratings Of Illinois Universities

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.06.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

After an entire year without an operating budget, Illinois breathed a sigh of relief June 30 when Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democratic Legi...

Celebration Time? State Legislature Passes Budget, Sorta

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.01.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

MATT DIETRICH: Madeleine, I hope you don't mind that I'm typing with one hand while holding a lit sparkler in the other. I'm getting an early start o...

Is the Stopgap Budget a Step in the Right Direction or "Groundhog Day" Replay?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.01.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The Illinois budget agreement hammered out on June 30 will allow state government to avoid outright collapse through calendar year 2016, but it hardly...

Illinois Lawmakers Break Historic Year-Long Budget Impasse

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois lawmakers broke a historic year-long budget impasse on Thursday, approving legislation to complete the current fiscal yea...

Once Allies, Rauner and Rahm Now Enemies on Chicago Public Schools

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.29.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

"Instead of doing the hard work of fixing Illinois' broken education funding formula, Bruce Rauner has wasted 18 months of his term holding the entire...

Plenty of Anger, but Little Chance to Vent at Polls in November

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.20.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

With Illinois state finances in a shambles and our leaders -- who were elected to make hard decisions -- intent on postponing any hard decisions until...

#DoYourJob, #ILBudgetNow: Use These Hashtags and Send a Message to Springfield

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.10.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Events this week in state politics inspired us to begin promotion of two Twitter hashtags: #doyourjob and #ilbudgetnow. We hope you'll join us in usin...

Women at Greatest Risk as Budget Crisis Continues

K. Sujata | Posted 06.09.2016 | Women
K. Sujata

Still without a state budget, I have to say that Illinois is not only the worst state for affordable childcare, but it is quickly becoming an unsafe place for women and girls.

Taking Stock of Failure, Finding Ray of Hope From 2016 Legislative Session

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.07.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

For the second straight year, the Illinois General Assembly left Springfield this week without a budget in place for fiscal year that starts July 1. ...

Real Government Shutdown May Be Only Way To End Budget Crisis

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.06.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

My how our expectations of our government have fallen over the past year. A year ago, Gov. Bruce Rauner rejected nearly all of the Democrats' budget,...

Illinois is Trashed Like North Avenue Beach

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.03.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Opinion by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek It appears someone has left half of our generation at the north avenue beach.

Doubek vs. Dietrich On Illinois House Democrats' Budget Bill

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.26.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

MADELEINE DOUBEK: Hey, Matt, so it looks like the brilliant, masterful House Speaker Mike Madigan has decided to throw the bipartisan working budget g...

It's Time For Final Exams in Budget Deal-Making 101

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.25.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Opinion by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek All over Illinois, it's cramming time. Finals time. Time for tests before the break. In Springfield, t...

Plenty of Action, Scant Progress at State Capitol

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.20.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Inside and outside the Illinois Statehouse this week there was a constant buzz of activity, though it's hard to tell whether all the action was eviden...

12 Key Issues to Watch as Illinois General Assembly's Spring Session Nears End

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.18.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

With the Illinois General Assembly's spring session nearing its traditional May 31 end, this is a good time for a check on what happened, what didn't ...

School Funding Could Be New 'Hostage' in Budget Standoff

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.16.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

For nearly a year, Democrats have accused Gov. Bruce Rauner of holding the state budget hostage and demanding his Turnaround Agenda as ransom. As the...

Why Inaction on Illinois Progressive Income Tax Actually is a Good Thing

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.10.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Opinion by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek We've now gone 11 months without a state budget. It's been one year and five months since our personal ...

Gov. Rauner's demolition politics are hurting Illinois

Roberta Lynch | Posted 04.15.2016 | Chicago
Roberta Lynch

Governor Bruce Rauner's refusal to compromise and agree to a state budget is tearing at the fabric of our state's human service and higher education infrastructure. Families, children, students and seniors are suffering.

Confusion for Students, Counselors as MAP Grants in Limbo for Second Straight Year

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.15.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

This is the time of year when high school seniors finalize their plans for college, including budgeting for the year to come. The Illinois budget imp...

Rauner Wants Dems, GOP Working Together 24/7 To End Illinois Budget Crisis

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.07.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

By Gov. Bruce Rauner Gov. Bruce Rauner meets with legislative leaders to discuss the state budget on Dec. 2, 2015. It was the first meeting involvin...

Lisa Madigan Could Hold The Key To Unlocking The Budget Impasse

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.07.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The main reason the Illinois budget impasse has endured into its 10th month is an appellate court decision from last July that said all state employee...

Everything is Falling into the Right Place for Speaker Madigan

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.05.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Cartoon by Scott Stantis Opinion by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek Everyone's fallen right into their roles. I wonder if House Speaker Mike Mad...

When Will Chicago Teachers and Illinois Politicians Act Like Grown-Ups and Actually Think About Our Kids?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.30.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Opinion by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek My family has been quite, um, productive lately. I mentioned quite a while back that I come from a big ...