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A Look at the 10 Ways Rauner Wants to Change, Improve Education in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 02.05.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois schools have hit a big rough patch this year, what with Chicago Public Schools' huge budget gap, continuing funding disparities throughout th...

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...

Here's How Illinois Politicians Can Wage Campaign Cash Proxy Wars

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.11.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

On this week's "Only in Illinois," we explain how party leaders can wage very expensive proxy wars as they pass large sums into the campaign funds of candidates they support.

Michael Madigan Sees Major End-Of-Year Fundraising Surge

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.05.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

When we last checked the finances of the biggest Illinois political committees two months ago, Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Republicans he supports appeared poised to enjoy a huge fundraising advantage over their Democratic counterparts in 2016 Illinois General Assembly races.

Sane Solutions to Illinois' Budget and Pension Madness

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.08.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Remember pensions? It's been exactly seven months since the Illinois Supreme Court told us, unanimously, that the state cannot force changes to pension benefits on public employees and retirees.

Top 5 Things Learned at Illinois Budget Meeting

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.03.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

There was no way Tuesday's summit meeting on the Illinois budget could have lived up to its hype. No one with a shred of knowledge of the state budget...

Business Groups Plea for Budget Solution in Letter to Rauner, Legislative Leaders

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.30.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

A coalition of business groups from the greater Chicago area this week sent a letter to Gov. Bruce Rauner and the four leaders of the Illinois General Assembly pleading with them to get a state budget passed and bring some stability back to the Illinois economy:

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...

Rauner's Money, Looming March Primary Will Make Illinois Budget Vote Especially Complicated

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.06.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

We're within three weeks of candidate filings for the March 2016 primary. By January, all legislative candidates should know whether they'll have a c...

8 Ways You Can Help End the Illinois State Budget Standoff

Reboot Illinois | Posted 10.28.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The following is an opinion piece written by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek: "You're looking for hope? This will be a short conversation!" That w...

Will the Illinois State Budget Standoff Come to an End in November?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.27.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

What started last week as something of a Hail Mary pass on the Illinois state budget may bring Gov. Bruce Rauner and the four leaders of the Illinois ...

Lawmakers' Cubs-Mets Wager Involves Pizza, Of Course

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 10.19.2015 | Sports

Groups of lawmakers from Illinois and New York have a friendly wager going as the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets face off in the Natio...

Rauner Says He's Talking to Democrats, But They Need to Stop Waiting and Take Action

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.07.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Surprisingly, some good news has come out of Springfield: Gov. Bruce Rauner, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton recently met to discuss the state budget impasse.

Recapping Drama in Illinois: At the State Fair and With the Ashley Madison Hack

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.25.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Six state government emails were found among the list of hacked accounts at the dating site Ashley Madison, which encourages married users to have affairs.

Maybe It's Time to Let John Cullerton Lead the Way on Pension Reform

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.05.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

I'll admit it: Two years ago, I was an ardent supporter of Senate Bill 1, a sweeping pension reform proposal that would save the state more than $150 ...

How a Property Tax Freeze and Change to School Funding Could Break the Springfield Stalemate

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.04.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

A few weeks back, three Democratic senators talked to reporters in Springfield about a concept that would both freeze property taxes in Illinois for a few years and sunset the state's school funding formula in a few years.

5 Madigan/Cullerton Quotes About Budget Talks

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.17.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

In the efforts to come to a budget agreement in Springfield by July 1, an unusual but unsurprising pattern has developed in the deadlocked talks.

After Rauner's Ad Blitz, Madigan and Cullerton Respond

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.17.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Even with all the news of the budget stalemate coming out of the General Assembly, the Better Government Association's Andy Shaw wants Illinoisans to remember that not all new developments out of Springfield this spring have been bad.

Rauner Says Illinois Will See Spending Consequences If Budget Not Passed

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.15.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The Illinois General Assembly hasn't yet agreed on a balanced budget for fiscal year 2016. Mark Fitton of the Illinois News Network reports on what Gov. Bruce Rauner says will happen to programs such as Amtrak and the World Shooting Complex if lawmakers can't get a plan together.

WATCH: Illinois Political Leaders Knock Heads

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.01.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois Democrats and Republicans weren't able to come to a budget compromise that pleased nearly everyone in Springfield by the end of the spring legislative session May 31. Now the people most directly involved have issued frank and sometimes cutting opinions on who is to blame.

5 Senate Democrats Departed From Party Norms on Budget Votes

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.01.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Ten state Senate Democrats voted against some or all of the budget bills and contrary to the majority of the rest of their party. Here's a look at five of them and their votes.

Attacking unions, Rauner hurts working families and the Illinois economy

Michael T. Carrigan | Posted 05.20.2015 | Chicago
Michael T. Carrigan

Governor Rauner's so-called "local empowerment zones" are dishonestly packaged and fundamentally unfair. They violate state and federal law, would strip working people of basic rights and harm our state's economy. So why is he pushing for them?

Gov. Rauner Clashes With Illinois Senate Black Caucus Over Budget

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.09.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Things were going fairly smoothly for Gov. Bruce Rauner as he met with lawmakers to sell his budget reforms. But things went off the rails when Rauner hosted the Senate Black Caucus, writes Rich Miller of Capitol Fax.

Smell the Bacon Frying? Here Are 5 State Pork Projects That Could Burn You Up

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.07.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The state budget passed by Springfield and signed into law by Pat Quinn is a tight budget, to say the least. Lawmakers have even admitted there isn't enough revenue in the budget to cover all the day-to-day costs.