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Who's To Blame For Busting Business In Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.24.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The following is an excerpt from an opinion written by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek: Governor Bruce Rauner, House Speaker Michael Madigan, Senat...

With Automatic Voter Registration, Illinois Poised to Reduce Recidivism

Chandra Bozelko | Posted 11.02.2015 | Chicago
Chandra Bozelko

If the Illinois General Assembly passes Senate Bill 2134 - automatic voter registration - it may not increase voter participation as much as anticipated but it could be one of the most effective anti-crime laws in the state.

Ever Wonder What Illinois' Most Powerful Politicians Would Look Like as Zombies?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 10.29.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

If you're a fan of AMC's hit show "The Walking Dead," you know living in a post-apocalyptic world overrun with decaying, flesh-hungry zombies -- or wa...

Poll: Rauner Job Approval Hits New Low

David Ormsby | Posted 10.20.2015 | Chicago
David Ormsby

As Governor Bruce Rauner enters his ninth month in office, his job approval rating continues to fall, a new poll shows.

Poll: Duckworth Lead Over Kirk Shrivels

David Ormsby | Posted 09.20.2015 | Chicago
David Ormsby

On Thursday, Duckworth's campaign fired off a fundraising email to supporters bragging about a new poll showing her leading Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk by four-points.

Rauner Remains in Blatant Violation of Our Illinois Constitution

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Doug Ibendahl

Bruce Rauner must go back to square one and submit a balanced budget as our Illinois Constitution requires him to do as Governor.

Poll: Duckworth Leads Kirk by 16 Points

David Ormsby | Posted 07.03.2015 | Chicago
David Ormsby

If U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) emerges as the 2016 Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in Illinois, incumbent Republican Mark Kirk faces an enormous challenge holding onto his seat, a new poll suggests.

Poll: Gov. Bruce Rauner's Support Slumps

David Ormsby | Posted 06.26.2015 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Since Governor Bruce Rauner unleashed his nearly $2 million TV Ad buy two weeks ago, political and media pundits have been almost exclusively focused ...

Political Corruption in Illinois

Tio Hardiman | Posted 06.12.2015 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

Illinois has a long history of politicians going to jail. It appears that corruption is a learned behavior passed down from one politician to the other or maybe power sometimes corrupts people. However, there is no excuse for the bad decisions that politicians make.

Poll: Cullerton Holds Slight Edge in Race to Succeed Duckworth

David Ormsby | Posted 06.03.2015 | Chicago
David Ormsby

The Democratic contest to succeed U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) has already drawn two announced candidates about whom voters are overwhelmingly undecided, a new survey says.

Poll: Duckworth Zaps Zopp in U.S. Senate Democratic Primary

David Ormsby | Posted 05.22.2015 | Chicago
David Ormsby

On Friday, May 15, the Chicago Sun-Times' Michael Sneed reported that Zopp, who has been recruited by ex-White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, had decided to run. Apparently, Zopp got her poll results back.

Illinois Poll Shows Strong Opposition to Fracking

Will Reynolds | Posted 06.06.2015 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

As the poll shows, many voters are looking for leaders who offer more than empty assurances that regulation will make fracking safe or provide good jobs.

Reports: Ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Released From Prison

Reuters | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics

March 26 (Reuters) - Former U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. was released from an Alabama prison on Thursday after serving time for misusing ab...

America's Fracking Mayor: Rahm Emanuel

Will Reynolds | Posted 05.18.2015 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

When Rahm Emanuel became mayor, the city of Chicago was making lists of top green cities in America. During the election he pledged support to a community movement aimed at closing the polluting Fisk & Crawford coal plants.

Poll: Voters Sour Further on Rauner

David Ormsby | Posted 05.18.2015 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Shortly after his election, Bruce Rauner warned that "tough" decisions needed to be made to fix Illinois and that he would likely not be "Mr. Popularity" for a while. That prediction continues to be prescient.

Rauner Funding Cut to Preschool for HIV/AIDS-Affected Kids Promises Political Fight

David Ormsby | Posted 05.10.2015 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Insiders were struck by the political tone-deafness of the cut, given the charged history of the well-regarded nonprofit and its 13-year struggle to cling to the funding for its preschool and specialized nursing care for ill children.

Dominick Cleans Up Cicero Legal Woes, Creates Business Boom

David Ormsby | Posted 05.06.2015 | Chicago
David Ormsby

During the reign of incumbent Town President Larry Dominick, the notorious Cook County suburb has shed much the inefficient bureaucratic bloat that at times made the town ungovernable and ripe for corruption.

Sam Levine

Public Unions Sue Illinois Governor Over Blocking 'Fair Share' Fees | Sam Levine | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Illinois public employee unions struck back Thursday, filing a lawsuit to block Gov. Bruce Rauner's attempt to prevent them from collect...

K-12, Higher Education Worlds Must Collide to Improve Student Outcomes

Douglas D. Baker | Posted 04.26.2015 | College
Douglas D. Baker

We believe that budget discussions should consider the growing role that institutions like ours play in educating our young people, long before freshmen check into their residence hall rooms for fall semester.

Former Tea Party Rep. Joe Walsh Claims He's 'Seriously Considering' A Senate Run

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics

Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) doesn't appear to be content with fading graciously into obscurity after failing to return to Congress for a second ter...

Poll: Gov. Bruce Rauner's Approval Rating Tumbles

David Ormsby | Posted 04.17.2015 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Polls may confirm the angst that some GOP lawmakers are feeling about the governor's full-throated attack on the unions, fearing that slippage of Rauner's approval rating could hit their own numbers, particularly those labor-friendly Republican legislators who may be forced to vote for anti-labor initiatives.

Poll: Jeb Bush Trails Badly Among Illinois GOP Voters

David Ormsby | Posted 04.15.2015 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Whatever "momentum" Bush has among the moneyed crowd is offset by the commanding lead Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has among Illinois Republican primary voters, according to a new poll commissioned by The Illinois Observer's e-newsletter, The Insider.

Is Bruce Rauner Sneaking a Tax Increase Past Illinois Voters?

John A. Tures | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

When Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner was elected in 2014, he ran on an anti-tax platform. But is he trying to sneak a tax increase past voters that he never called for in last year's campaign?

Industry Campaign Contributions Should Disqualify Rauner's Pick for Natural Resources Director

Will Reynolds | Posted 03.17.2015 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

Foresight Energy also gave $10,000 to Rauner's campaign fund and was a top inauguration sponsor giving up to $100,000. It's looking like business as usual in the new administration.

Governor Rauner's Environment & Energy Adviser Represents Many of Illinois' Worst Polluters

Will Reynolds | Posted 03.18.2015 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

Rauner distinguished himself among Republicans during the campaign by acknowledging the scientific reality of climate change. Yet, Rauner's report includes more than a dozen calls for changing the business climate while making no mention of addressing the global climate crisis.