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Illinois AG Asks Judge For Permission To Stop Paying State Workers

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 01.27.2017 | Politics

Jan 26 (Reuters) - The attorney general of Illinois asked a judge on Thursday to lift an order requiring state workers to be paid during the state’s...

Real Government Shutdown May Be Only Way To End Budget Crisis

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.06.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

My how our expectations of our government have fallen over the past year. A year ago, Gov. Bruce Rauner rejected nearly all of the Democrats' budget,...

Plenty of Action, Scant Progress at State Capitol

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.20.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Inside and outside the Illinois Statehouse this week there was a constant buzz of activity, though it's hard to tell whether all the action was eviden...

America's Largest Student Loan Firm Abused Borrowers And Broke The Law, Officials Say

The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.02.2016 | Business

Navient Corp., the nation’s largest student loan company, violated state laws that ban unfair or abusive practices by paying call center workers bas...

Lisa Madigan Could Hold The Key To Unlocking The Budget Impasse

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.07.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The main reason the Illinois budget impasse has endured into its 10th month is an appellate court decision from last July that said all state employee...

Rahm Emanuel Interview Leaves Questions Unanswered

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.02.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The following is an excerpt from an article written by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel responded to every question toss...

AG Lisa Madigan's Top Tips for a Safe Holiday Shopping Season

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.27.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

From toy cars to youth all-terrain vehicles, the guide has detailed descriptions and pictures of every product you'll want to avoid while holiday shopping.

Fighting for Carbon Cuts in Court: Illinois and Chicago Step Up to Defend Clean Power Plan

Henry Henderson | Posted 11.04.2016 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Focused commitment to address climate change is a challenge and an opportunity for the people of Illinois. Failure to make the necessary commitments is an unambiguous danger to our property, our health and safety and quality of life.

Court Filings by Illinois Attorney General and Comptroller Show Rising Friction

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.22.2016 | 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 07.08.2016 | 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 07.06.2016 | 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 05.04.2016 | 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

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 propaganda...

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?

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.