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A Billionaire Governor Says Protests Don't Matter. He's Wrong.

Roberta Lynch | Posted 06.20.2016 | Chicago
Roberta Lynch

"If protesting solved problems, Illinois wouldn't have any problems."

#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...

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...

Watch: Illinois General Assembly Put On Quite The Show This Week

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.04.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

House Speaker Michael Madigan knew he didn't have enough votes to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a bill to fund Illinois higher education, but h...

Our Dear Senate President Cullerton, Speaker Madigan, and Governor Rauner

Bernard Rowan | Posted 02.19.2016 | Chicago
Bernard Rowan

There is a beautiful hymn that goes in part: "Order my steps in your word, Dear Lord. Lead me, guide me, every day. Send your anointing, Father, I p...

There's a Good Chance the 2016 Illinois Budget Will Never Exist

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.18.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The atmosphere at the Capitol on Wednesday was beyond surreal. Here was Gov. Bruce Rauner, nearly nine months into the 2016 budget year with no 2016 ...

Watch: Small Business Advocacy Council, Reboot Illinois Hold Budget Mobilization Town Hall

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.12.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

"I've been to Springfield and the line they always tell me is, 'You know, small business, you guys are the backbone of our economy. You're the backbon...

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 campaig...

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 National League Champ...

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 06.17.2016 | 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.