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Illinois Politics

Dear Representative Peter Roskam

Lynn LaPlante Allaway | Posted 02.03.2017 | Chicago
Lynn LaPlante Allaway

Dear Representative Roskam: You haven't met me, yet, but not for my lack of trying. I am one of your constituents from the 6th Congressional District...

Trump, Rauner on Similar Wavelength With Public Workers

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.22.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Opinion Gov. Bruce Rauner famously spent the 2016 election season refusing to endorse, disavow or even say the name Donald Trump. Yet unlike some...

Speaker Madigan's Deputy: We're In The Same Boat

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.10.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

By Madeleine Doubek OK, deep breath in. Deep breath out. Now that we got that nasty election out of our systems, there's a veto session in Springfie...

Opinion: Let's Vote And Treat Politicians Like They're Our Children

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.01.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Opinion by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek I was texting with some family members over the weekend and I'm sure it will come as no shock that one ...

Poll: Clinton Thumping Trump in Illinois by 19-points, Leading in DuPage Too

David Ormsby | Posted 10.20.2016 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Hillary Clinton holds not only a commanding 19-point lead over Donald Trump in Illinois according to a new poll, but also she has grabbed a solid lead...

New Mike Madigan Documentary Interesting, But Not Authoritative

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.14.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Opinion The Illinois Policy Institute's new Michael Madigan documentary,"Madigan: Power, Privilege, Politics," will serve as a significant historica...

Poll: 62% of Chicago Voters Support Sales Tax Hike on Booze to Fund Mental Health, Drug Treatment

David Ormsby | Posted 09.15.2016 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Concern over funding for mental health care and drug treatment services is acute enough that even tax-weary Chicago voters back a sales tax hike on ho...

Here Are 11 New Illinois Laws You Should Know

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.24.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

There are a lot of new state laws that recently went into effect, including some pretty important ones you might not have heard much about in the news...

Illinois Voters Beware: Deceit Season Is Here

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.24.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Opinion by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek It's deceit season. Voters beware. An envelope arrived last week from Friends of Marty Moylan. The let...

Can We Have More Than Silly Sniping From Our U.S. Senate Contenders?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.16.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Opinion by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek I had such high hopes for the U.S. Senate race in Illinois with Tammy Duckworth, D-Hoffman Estates, tak...

We've Got An All New RebootIllinois.com 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 RebootIllinois.com 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. pic.twitter.com/PaLQ5uEFK...

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 ...