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Court Filings by Illinois Attorney General and Comptroller Show Rising Friction

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.22.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

An appellate court ruling last week ensured that paychecks will continue without a budget for the foreseeable future. This legal battle is far from over and what we've seen so far is a perfect illustration of how the political deadlock between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democrats who control the General Assembly is spilling beyond the Capitol.

Illinois State Employees Don't Have Many Options Left for Pay During Shutdown

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.08.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Cook County Circuit Judge Diane Larsen on Tuesday ruled that without a state budget, the Illinois Comptroller's Office can't issue paychecks to the vast majority of state employees.

Illinois Comptroller Says Only a Court Order Can Authorize Payments During Budget Shutdown

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.06.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Munger, the state official in charge of the state's checkbook, said that while she has authority to continue paying some bills under existing court orders, most day-to-day expenses, including payroll for state employees, are another matter.

Student Loan Assistance Companies Slapped by Attorney General

Steve Rhode | Posted 05.04.2015 | Money
Steve Rhode

If anyone in the debt relief industry didn't see this coming, they are stone-cold blind. Student loan assistance has become the next wave of profitable debt relief services to sell with horrible advice.

How a New Illinois Law Could Protect 12 Million From Identity Theft

GOBankingRates | Posted 05.25.2015 | Chicago
GOBankingRates

It's no surprise that Illinois consumers expressed identity theft as their No. 2 complaint, right behind debt, according to the state attorney general's office.

Illinois Special Comptroller Election Is a Good Idea, But the Intentions Might Not Be on the Right Track

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.11.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Thursday's vote on a special election to fill the second half of what would have been Judy Baar Topinka's second term as Illinois State Comptroller was such a perfect storm of Illinois political forces that my head is spinning.

Reboot Illinois Poll Finds Quinn Has Moved Ahead of Rauner in Illinois Governor's Race

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.07.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The poll, conducted Oct. 6 for Reboot Illinois by We Ask America, showed Quinn leading Rauner 44 percent to 40 percent. It's the first of four Reboot Illinois polls to show Quinn ahead of Rauner, who had dominated the race in nearly two dozen polls from various sources dating back to March.

Democratic Incumbents Faring Well in Illinois Statewide Races

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.04.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

A new Reboot Illinois/We As America poll shows that Democratic Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has a 24-point lead over her Republican challenger, Paul Schimpf. That's a significant jump from leads in two earlier polls -- 16 points in June and 17 in July.

UPDATED: Decorated War Veteran/Resident Arrested: Peabody Coal Overruns Rocky Branch, Despite Appeal Pending: Gov. Quinn and AG Madigan on Enviro Justice, Civil Rights?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 10.26.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Despite an appeal over the controversial Rocky Branch strip mine permit still pending with an administrative judge, Peabody Energy defiantly crossed closed public roads and moved massive mining equipment in Saline County yesterday, in preparation to carry out its already violation-ridden and state-subsidized mine operation.

Women who made their mark on Illinois government

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.28.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Even though the residents of Illinois are 49 percent male and 51 percent female, the legislative body that represents Illinoisans, the General Assembl...

Exclusive Reboot Illinois Poll: Will Lisa Madigan Be Challenged in Fourth Attorney General Bid?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.20.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Madigan's only competitive election for attorney general was her first, in 2002, when she defeated DuPage County State's Attorney Joe Birkett 50 percent to 47 percent. Will she have to deal with a competitive election this time around?

'Our Energy Moment': The Blue Engine Behind Fracked Gas Exports PR Blitz

Steve Horn | Posted 06.02.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog Behind nearly every major corporate policy push there's an accompanying well-coordinated public relations and propag...

BP Doubles Initial Size Estimate of Lake Michigan Oil Spill

Steve Horn | Posted 05.27.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Three days after spilling crude oil into Lake Michigan, BP has doubled its spill estimate to between 470 and 1228 gallons. The leak happened at its refinery in Whiting, Ind. Although some of the oil has been cleaned up, it's unclear how much is left in the lake, a drinking water source for about seven million Chicagoans.

Over 5,000 Ask Illinois Attorney General to Investigate Permit at Peabody Strip Mine

Will Reynolds | Posted 05.20.2014 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

I visited the Rocky Branch neighbors with a mix of sadness and inspiration this week. It's heartbreaking to see the area depopulated as Peabody buys homes and drives out neighbors.

Breaking: Peabody Loggers Break Ground on Controversial Shawnee Hills Strip Mine -- Without Mining Permit

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.11.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

With mounting violations and administrative errors, will Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan finally intervene in the most controversial strip mine in southern Illinois?

Attorney General: Gay Marriage Ruling Is 'A Great Day For Equality'

AP | BROCK VERGAKIS and NICHOLAS RICCARDI | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The day after a federal judge struck down Virginia's gay-marriage ban, state Attorney General Mark Herring wasn't vowing to appe...

Jon Burge Pension Scandal Continues to Simmer

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 04.13.2014 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

Burge has been said to have friends in high places. In an era where the Illinois Supreme Court and the legislature are potentially scaling back the hard-earned pensions of law-abiding public workers and their families, it will be telling to see, once again, just how high Burge's clout reaches in this scandal-within-a-scandal.

2013: Epic Year for Pensions, Corruption and Madigan Family Feuds

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.02.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Finally, some pension crisis action. Politicians dropped like flies. Some of them were Metra-fried. And that's just the start of my year-end look back. Whoa nellie, it was quite a crazy year in reform news and politics.

2013 a Good Year for House Speaker Michael Madigan?

David Ormsby | Posted 03.02.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Some political observers think that the powerful Illinois House Speaker, Michael Madigan, (D-Chicago) seriously stumbled in 2013. But they would be wr...

State Rep. Jack Franks: Maybe Clifford Broke the Law?

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 10.19.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Ex-Metra CEO Alex Clifford might have had a duty to report to authorities the pressure he felt from House Speaker Michael Madigan and others to promote and hire certain workers. Madigan writes laws and doesn't break them.

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.

Coal Rogue State of Emergency Tonight: Illinois Farm Town Fights Second High Hazard Coal Slurry Dam

Jeff Biggers | Posted 10.14.2013 | Green
Jeff Biggers

When Hillsboro residents gather this evening for a public hearing on a controversial permit proposal by a coal company to build a second toxic coal slurry impoundment within city limits, the stakes will go beyond the threatened health of this Illinois farm town.

Does the Whole World Think Illinois Is Crazy?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.13.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinoisans have learned to weather a certain amount of scorn from the national media about our government's dysfunction. This week, though, the criticism goes international.

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.