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Illinois Politics

Will Barack Obama Run For Governor of Illinois?

Will Reynolds | Posted 02.12.2016 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

"I miss you guys," Obama said during an address in the Illinois statehouse on the anniversary of his Presidential campaign announcement. He returned to his frequent theme of bringing civility and compromise to politics.

Watch: Small Business Advocacy Council, Reboot Illinois Hold Budget Mobilization Town Hall

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.12.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

"I've been to Springfield and the line they always tell me is, 'You know, small business, you guys are the backbone of our economy. You're the backb...

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 ...

How Obama, Rauner and Madigan Have More In Common Than You Think

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.09.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Column by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek President Obama, Gov. Bruce Rauner, House Speaker Michael Madigan. Three peas in a pod. Don't snort. The...

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 Super PAC Donations Already Changing Landscape of 2016 Legislative Races

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.03.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

In 2011, with the state reeling from campaign finance abuses exposed in the Rod Blagojevich scandal, Illinois enacted its first-ever limits on campa...

Poll: Weak Clinton Lead Over Trump in Illinois Should Worry State Dems

David Ormsby | Posted 01.30.2016 | Chicago
David Ormsby

For those Illinois Democrats who have been trusting in Hillary Clinton's skirt tails as the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee to help sweep Illinois House and Senate Democratic incumbents back into office and to perhaps topple some GOP lawmakers, uh, knock it off.

10 Notable DNC Members From Illinois Announce Support for Hillary Clinton

Reboot Illinois | Posted 01.29.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Ten prominent Illinoisans and members of the Democratic National Committee have announced their support for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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...

Top 5 Quotes From Rauner's 2016 State of the State Speech

Reboot Illinois | Posted 01.28.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Here are 5 top selected quotes from Gov. Bruce Rauner's second State of the State speech: 5. "We have the ability to lead the nation in growth and op...

Here's Everything You Need Today For Rauner's State of the State Address

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.27.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner today delivers his second State of the State Address in the Illinois House chamber at the Capitol. In his first address last year, ...

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...

Infographic: The State of the State of Illinois in 2016

Reboot Illinois | Posted 02.03.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday delivers his second State of the State Address in the Illinois House chamber at the Capitol. In his first address last...

Mike Frerichs Talks Star Wars, Hillary, His Height and More with Reboot Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.22.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

In our Jan. 15 "Only in Illinois" video, we talked with Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs about his first year in office and the challenges he has faced as the state's top investment officer during a time of extreme instability in state finances.

Year in Review: An Analysis of Rauner's Top 5 Statements From the 2015 State of the State Address

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.20.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

On Jan. 12, 2015, Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered an inaugural address that was a call to action for shared sacrifice to right the state's finances and, in turn, its economy.

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.

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.

Illinois' Top 5 Biggest Fails From 2015

Reboot Illinois | Posted 12.30.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

If you live in Illinois you know there's no shortage of fodder for "fails" in our state over the year. We've chosen 10 to highlight and recap from the year that was.

Rauner and Madigan Want Surrender, Not Compromise

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.18.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

It's not healthy tension that we have now in Springfield. What we have is gridlock amid a winner-take-all battle of political philosophies.

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 ...

David vs. Goliath: Mike Madigan's Primary Challenger Says He's Not Intimidated

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.11.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Jason Gonzales of Chicago says he's not intimidated by Madigan's longevity and reputation. He's challenging Madigan in the March 15, 2016, Democratic primary for Madigan's 22nd Illinois House District.

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...