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Want To Become Governor Of Illinois? Woo Latinos

Crain's Chicago Business | Martin Torres | Posted 07.31.2013 | Latino Voices

Illinois' list of gubernatorial hopefuls continues to grow as the campaign season for the March 18 primary gains steam. While midterm elections tend t...

Despite higher income tax, state finances continue downward spiral in Illinois!

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.30.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

A bill filed by Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) is intensifying speculation that the 2011 personal and corporate income tax hikes could become permanent. T...

Judge Tosses Bid For Hastened Concealed Carry Law

AP | JIM SUHR | Posted 09.28.2013 | Chicago

ST. LOUIS — Gun-rights advocates who failed to sway a federal judge into letting Illinois residents immediately tote firearms in public under th...

Top 10 Quotes in Illinois Corruption Scandals

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Reboot Illinois

We have all heard of corruption in Illinois, but this list is just a smack in the face to a state that already has very low expectations of State Offi...

My Top Quotes in Illinois

Madison Bondi | Posted 07.23.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

The subject of political corruption is nothing new to Illinois, but the recent accusations of patronage against House Speaker Michael Madigan made by ...

Other states cashing in on Illinois' dysfunction

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Reboot Illinois

An anemic state economy, deadbeat government and lackluster business climate have left some Illinoisans asking themselves, "Could the grass be gree...

Flat income tax? Progressive tax? No state income tax? A nationwide overview

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.18.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The 1970 Illinois constitution states that Illinois' state income tax must be applied with one rate paid by all taxpayers. Illinois is one of nine ...

Is Nepotism Dying in Illinois?

Keith Koeneman | Posted 09.16.2013 | Chicago
Keith Koeneman

There is an upcoming test case which that help to determine whether nepotism is actually dying in Illinois, or if it is poised to come roaring back. This pass/fail test is for Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Senator's Daughter Challenges 'Kooky Old Aunt'

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

The Illinois lieutenant governor is seeking to unseat the Republican state comptroller, who former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) once described as a "kooky...

My Top Quotes in Illinois

Madison Bondi | Posted 09.16.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

Last week Governor Pat Quinn fulfilled his threat to lawmakers that if they did not come up with a proposed solution to the pension crisis, they will ...

Flat income tax? Progressive tax? No state income tax? A nationwide overview

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.14.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The 1970 Illinois constitution states that Illinois' state income tax must be applied with one rate paid by all taxpayers. Illinois is one of nine st...

Blagojevich Lawyers Appeal Corruption Convictions And Sentence

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 09.14.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Rod Blagojevich faces long odds with the appeal of his federal corruption conviction, just as did his predecessor as Illinois governor...

John Celock

Front-Runner Exits Governor's Race

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics

The Illinois attorney general said Monday she won't run for governor next year because her father remains a top state legislator. State Attorney G...

What Do You Get When You Start Searching a Candidate's Name?

Madison Bondi | Posted 09.10.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

You can learn a lot about a candidate with a Google search. But you can learn a lot about what people are wondering about a candidate if you let Googl...

Is The Governor's Move To Freeze Pols' Pay Constitutionall?

Posted 07.11.2013 | Chicago

A day after Illinois Governor Pat Quinn said he would block state lawmakers from being paid in hopes of spurring them into action on pension reform, s...

Gov. Quinn Suspends State Pols' Pay Over Pension Inaction

AP | SARA BURNETT and SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 09.09.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn moved to halt Illinois lawmakers' pay Wednesday, following through on his warning of consequences if they failed to com...

Lawmakers Miss Governor's Deadline For Action On Pensions

Reuters | Posted 09.09.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO, July 9 (Reuters) - Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday missed a deadline set by Governor Pat Quinn to enact pension reform, leaving a bipartisan ...

My Top Quotes in Illinois This Week

Madison Bondi | Posted 09.08.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

While many people relaxed in celebration of the 4th of July holiday, Illinois was buzzing from the recent release of former Governor George Ryan, Bill Daley's endorsement from NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Quinn's partial veto of a concealed carry firearms bill.

Quinn Has Good Pension News, But He's Not Happy -- Why?

David Ormsby | Posted 09.08.2013 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Apparently the "do nothing" Illinois General Assembly may have done enough to help to turn the long-term tide of the state's underfunded pension systems. Despite the good news, Quinn refused in his statement to embrace his administration's good news.

Want to change the state constitution? It's not easy -

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.04.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Two proposals to amend the Illinois Constitution have received lots of attention this year. One proposes to eliminate the office of lieutenant gover...

Social Media Buzz-meter #2: How Social-savvy Is Gov. Pat Quinn?

Madison Bondi | Posted 09.02.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

Last week we showed how the various candidates for Illinois governor stack up on their use of social media so far. Today we look at how Gov. Pat Quinn...

Former Illinois Governor A Free Man After 5 Years In Prison

AP | Posted 09.02.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan is officially a free man. The 79-year-old spent more than five years in prison for corruption, and i...

State financial distress means fewer doctors serve the poor

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.01.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The share of doctors willing to accept new Medicaid patients varies widely across the 50 states, according to a recent study from the National Cente...

Who Will Lead the Illinois Republican Party?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.01.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

As rumors of infighting continue to plague the Grand Old Party, the Illinois Republican State Central Committee faces no small task as it meets in Springfield this weekend to select a new leader.

My Top Quotes in Illinois This Week

Madison Bondi | Posted 08.31.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

I took their triumph as a sign of hope for Chicago and the state of Illinois that improvement in an organization, whether it is a hockey team or a government, is possible.