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We've Got An All New For You

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.22.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Yep. You're right where you belong. Hello and welcome to your new Reboot Illinois! After surveying many of you, listening to your suggestions and con...

We've Got An All New For You

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.22.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Yep. You're right where you belong. Hello and welcome to your new Reboot Illinois! After surveying many of you, listening to your suggestions and con...

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...

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...

Citizen-Led Illinois Redistricting Reform Effort Notches Another Key Milestone

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.14.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Opinion by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek How about some good news about citizens taking control of their own government? The citizen-led Indepe...

#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...

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.

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...

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...

Lawsuit Filed to End Citizen Initiative for Illinois Redistricting Reform

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.13.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

A lawsuit filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court says the Independent Map Amendment redistricting reform plan is unconstitutional and should not ...

Reboot Illinois' Doubek Wins Two Lisagor Journalism Awards

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.11.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Reboot Illinois Publisher Madeleine Doubek won two prestigious Peter Lisagor awards in the 39th annual journalism contest sponsored by the Chicago Hea...

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 ...

What's Going To Happen With Illinois' Income Tax?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.09.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

This week's "Only in Illinois" starts with a flashback to the Jan. 2, 2014, "Only in Illinois" in which I made a prediction about the future of the Il...

The Mess in Illinois and the Public Trust Case for Pension Reform

David A. Dana | Posted 04.25.2016 | Politics
David A. Dana

Public pensions are wildly underfunded in many political jurisdictions across this country. The pension crisis in Illinois is perhaps the most dramatic: Illinois municipal bonds are treated as "junk" by the markets for good reason.

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...

Here's Why Blago's 14-Year Prison Sentence Should Be Reduced

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.31.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

OPINION Tuesday's Reboot Illinois Daily Tip-Off email contained a mention of the Chicago Sun-Times editorial headlined, "Time to rethink Blago's pris...

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 ...

A 'Protest' Against Tammy Duckworth May Not Have Been Real

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.29.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) was greeted by a few dozen African-American protesters outside a Monday gathering in Chicago. They held up...

Duckworth Launches 112-Day Campaign To Tie Kirk To Trump

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.29.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Here are a few facts about Mark Kirk's election to the U.S. Senate in 2010: He defeated Democratic State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias by a slim margin...

A Voter's Work Is Never Done: An Electoral Autopsy

Kanu Iheukumere | Posted 03.28.2016 | Chicago
Kanu Iheukumere

Voters demanded more and better from a colluding group of agencies intentionally unresponsive to poor communities and riddled with ineptness. Foxx's nomination is a therefore, not a whereas; a consequence of government malfeasance exposed, not because of Laquan.