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Matt Dietrich

Springfield's Gift to Chicago: Step One of Pension Reform, or an Election Year Headache?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.09.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's pension bill finally got passed through the General Assembly after some property tax language was stripped from the bill.

Watch Chicago's Middle Class Disappear With This Amazing Map

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.04.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

In 1970, Chicago had a booming middle class. In the 40+ years since then, the middle class has disappeared from the city, squeezed out by growing lower and upper classes. It has left the city with two different economies.

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?

Double-dip Dem Debate

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 10.12.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Gov. Pat Quinn and his opponent, Bill Daley, are fully sparring now over cronyism as this Daley says Quinn's nomination to the Chicago Transit Authority of Thornton Township Supervisor Frank Zuccarelli violates the spirit of a law that doesn't allow some board nominees to get multiple government salaries.

Income tax debate finally taking center stage

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.24.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

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

Speaker Madigan Hides, We Get Left in the Dark

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 08.12.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

In the dark. Sometimes it seems that is just how the politicians, who are supposed to be representing us, want us to remain, right?