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Could Union Veto Loss Be Surprise Win for Madigan?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.08.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Failing to secure the votes of all 71 Democrats in the Illinois House of Representatives, Speaker Michael Madigan didn't get the political victory he hoped for over Gov. Bruce Rauner in the union arbitration bill veto override.

Watch: What Does Gov. Rauner's Budget Proposal Mean for Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.21.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner didn't just deliver his Budget Address on Wednesday. He detonated a bomb over state budgeting practices and philosophy that have guided Illinois government finances for at least 12 years.

Why We're Stuck in a Sick and Sickening State in Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.11.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek believes Illinois is a sick state. There's election-year paralysis going around, and she has the examples to back it up.

Ever Want to Know How the State Spends Your Tax Dollar? Now You Can.

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.07.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

You pay taxes to the state every year. It's our duty as citizens to open the checkbook and give to Illinois, along with local governments and the federal government. But at the state level, what exactly are your tax dollars going for?

Suburban CEO: Madigan's Millionaire Tax a 'Death Knell'

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.24.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Perhaps the most pressing question in all of this is if this proposal eventually becomes law, would we have to update our "12 ways to know your from Illinois" list to include a line about the millionaire's tax?

Raising Illinois Taxes Takes Center Stage

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.16.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Will our income tax go down in a year? Will sales taxes go up? Will retirees pay income tax? Taxes dominated the discussion Monday among three of the leading advocates for the pension reform bill passed two weeks ago.

It's Who You Know

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.02.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

This week's edition stars those who know the Speaker of the House and the director of the Illinois State Lottery.

Reform, Revenue, Time

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.01.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel came into office warning that the city needed to prepare for its "day of reckoning" on pension debt. But now that pension reform in Springfield has bogged down, Emanuel wants to push that day well into the future.

Why You Should Resist Term Limit Temptation

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.26.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

We're hearing a lot about term limits these days because Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner has started a strongly financed initiative to add term limits to the Illinois Constitution.

Mad As Hell? Don't Just Yell: Use Reboot Illinois' New Sound Off Tool

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.17.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Our state's in sorry shape. Debt's growing. Higher taxes are looming. You're mad as hell, now who do you tell? Introducing: Sound Off.

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.

Income tax debate finally taking center stage

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.24.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

When launched in November 2012, we knew that an effort to change the Illinois constitution and start a sliding-scale, progressive i...

Crime, debt, flight = Detroit? Not to a Chicago cartoonist

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.23.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

MOTOR (WINDY) CITY Chicago Tribune cartoonist Scott Stantis' view of crime-plagued, financially failing Detroit looks awfully familiar. He says a lot ...

What's in Illinois' income tax future?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.22.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

TAX TALK Illinois lawmakers face some tough choices about our state income tax. In 2011, they raised the income tax from 3 to 5 percent for four years...

Did Madigan break laws? In Metra scandal, that's not the issue

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.21.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Let's be clear on thing regarding House Speaker Michael Madigan's role in the Metra scandal: he probably didn't break any laws. As State Rep. Jack Fr...

Rep. Franks: Maybe Metra's Clifford broke law?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.18.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

IT'S ALL IN THE BERRIOS FAMILY CIRCLE Cook County taxpayers got dinged this week by county Assessor Joe Berrios as they will foot the $500,000 bill fo...

Talking About a Little Illinois Revolution This Independence Day

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 09.03.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Those demonstrations in Egypt and Brazil, and the Arab Spring uprisings that came before them, remind me once again that our government can be better if we're willing, together, to put in some effort. To speak up. To demand change. To attend a meeting now and then.

Campaign 2014: Bill Brady is in again; Quinn to Illinois: I'll veto weak pension bill; Prediction: Lisa won't run

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.25.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

BRADY IS IN... AGAIN State Sen. Bill Brady lost one of the closest races for governor in history in 2010: He was defeated by fewer than 32,000 votes, ...