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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.

Why Is John Cullerton Talking About Sunshine, Rainbows and Liking Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.11.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Senate President John Cullerton says he likes Illinois. And it's in writing too, so it would be hard for anyone to dispute him on that fact.

Chicago Pension-Cutting Plan Would Harm City Retirees, Neighborhoods

Henry Bayer | Posted 06.08.2014 | Chicago
Henry Bayer

roponents of the drastic Chicago pension cuts sought by the city have threatened a range of doomsday scenarios if their proposal is not enacted. Rather than the thoughtful, informed discussion this matter deserves, this is the equivalent of shouting "Fire!" in a crowded theater.

Illinois Legislators Strike Breakthrough Deal

AP | KERRY LESTER and SARA BURNETT | Posted 11.28.2013 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — Under growing public pressure to act, the leaders of Illinois' General Assembly announced Wednesday they'd reached an agreement on ho...

Yes, It's a Crisis

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.22.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Senate President John Cullerton has made quite a stir with his statement Sunday that Illinois' pension problem doesn't rise to the level of being a ...

Promise for Pension Reform?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.04.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Senate President John Cullerton is getting behind a pension reform compromise bill being hammered out by the General Assembly's special, 10-member conference committee that has been working on a bill since June.

Judge to Quinn: Pay 'em! Decision and Reactions

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.27.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

You probably know by now that Gov. Pat Quinn lost his attempt to cancel paychecks for lawmakers. Cook County Circuit Judge Neil Cohen sided with House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton in their lawsuit against Quinn.

6 Things You Didn't Know About Bill Daley

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.20.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

When Bill Daley bowed out of the governor's race this week, we lost not only an exciting contested Democratic primary. We also lost one of the most potentially colorful candidates in recent election history.

Pension Committee Compromise Sure to Displease

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.27.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

There is one thing I am absolutely, 100 percent sure about when it comes to the pension bill being hammered out by the Illinois General Assembly's conference committee: Whatever it is, both sides will find plenty to hate about it.

Bruce Rauner: I'm Ready to Fight Unions

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.14.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois has never seen a candidate for governor like Republican hopeful Bruce Rauner. The Chicago venture capitalist has nearly endless wealth he could put into his campaign. He has no experience in elected office.

Who's Connected to Whom and How in the Lawmaker Pay Lawsuit?

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 10.14.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Sometimes you need a flowchart to understand all the connections between public figures in Illinois. That certainly could be useful in the case of the suit filed by Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan against Gov. Pat Quinn.

Madigans' Summer Blockbuster: Conflicted

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 10.12.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

In the latest chapter of the Madigan summer blockbuster, House Speaker Michael Madigan revealed to the world that his daughter, Lisa, our attorney general, knew for many moons that her dad had no intention of retiring.

Family Biz Hurts Us

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 10.09.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Here's our one-stop shop to the best news and views on reform topics from around the state.

State Pols Will Miss At Least One More Paycheck Amid Pension Inaction

Posted 08.06.2013 | Chicago

Illinois lawmakers hoping for their paychecks to be restored immediately will need continue penny-pinching as a judge on Tuesday set oral arguments in...

My Top Quotes in Illinois

Madison Bondi | Posted 10.01.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

The pension crisis still has no solution, and as each day passes, the Illinois taxpayers are the ones who pay the piper -- literally. It's cost ‪‎taxpayers‬ $21 billion since 2000, and it's only getting worse.

Where is Quinn's amendatory veto pen when we need it?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.01.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

VETO PEN Three weeks ago Gov. Pat Quinn used his amendatory veto power to eliminate funding for lawmaker salaries after they failed to meet his July 9...

Madigan/Cullerton lawsuit: "Quinn acting like Blagojevich"

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.30.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

"NOT SINCE GOVERNOR BLAGOJEVICH..." House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton begin their lawsuit against Gov. Pat Quinn by in...