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Is Rauner Employing The Failed Vietnam Strategy On Higher Education?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.03.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

OPINION "BENTRE, Feb. 7 (AP) -- 'It became necessary to destroy the town to save it,' a United States major said today. He was talking about the dec...

Jesus "Chuy" Garcia Issues Rare, First-Time Endorsement For Mike Madigan In Illinois House Race

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.26.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

By Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek In a rare development, House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Chicago Democrat, sought out and received the support of...

Madigan vs. Rauner Proxy Wars Shattering Primary Spending Records

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.25.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

State Rep. Ken Dunkin, D-Chicago, and primary challenger Juliana Stratton When we last checked in on the Democratic primary race in the 5th Illinois ...

Durbin On Whether Rauner Is Getting The Obama Treatment From Illinois Democrats

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.23.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

In an interview in October 2010, then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., made what would become one of the most repeated (and embellished)...

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...

Watch: Illinois Budget Impasse 2017, Part Deux

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.19.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner made history this week when he delivered his Fiscal Year 2017 Illinois budget plan without the state ever having enacted an operatin...

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 ...

Dear Gov. Rauner, Please Stop With The Slogans And Lead

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.17.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

OPINION Amid the eight months of non-stop acrimony that preceded Gov. Bruce Rauner's 2016 Budget Address, it's easy to forget that -- almost exactly...

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...

How Obama, Rauner and Madigan Have More In Common Than You Think

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.09.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Column by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek President Obama, Gov. Bruce Rauner, House Speaker Michael Madigan. Three peas in a pod. Don't snort. The...

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...

Illinois Meets Paul Newman: Is What We Have Here a Failure to Communicate?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.29.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The 1967 prison drama "Cool Hand Luke" is a classic, and contains one of the all-time classic American movie lines. "What we've got here is failure t...

Opinion: Illinois Never Has Been In Such Bad Shape

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.15.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

What's gone on with Illinois state government in Springfield for the last year certainly qualifies as a reboot, but not the kind we envisioned when this website debuted in November 2012.

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.

Breaking Through the Illinois Budget Reality Distortion Field

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.21.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

House Speaker Michael Madigan won't budge on opposing Gov. Bruce Rauner's reforms and also won't acknowledge that maybe, just maybe, some of the actions by ruling Democrats from 2003-2015 might have contributed the fiscal disaster and economic malaise now gripping Illinois.

Top 10 Quotes From Rich Miller's City Club of Chicago Speech

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.17.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

If you're a regular visitor to Reboot Illinois, you know that Capitol Fax publisher Rich Miller is one of the most astute observers of Illinois state ...

David vs. Goliath: Mike Madigan's Primary Challenger Says He's Not Intimidated

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.11.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Jason Gonzales of Chicago says he's not intimidated by Madigan's longevity and reputation. He's challenging Madigan in the March 15, 2016, Democratic primary for Madigan's 22nd Illinois House District.

Highlights From Michael Madigan's Rare Speech at City Club of Chicago

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.10.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan warned Wednesday that Gov. Bruce Rauner's borrowing to fund state government operations is "terribly significan...

Mike Madigan's Challenger Says Two Opponents Planted By Speaker's Camp

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.09.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Jason Gonzales carefully waited until the last minutes of the candidate filing period for the 2016 primary to ensure that on March 15 he would face on...

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.

Veteran Statehouse Reporter Recalls When Mike Madigan Longed For Power

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.04.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

When reporter Kurt Erickson began covering the Illinois Statehouse, Jim Edgar was governor, George Ryan was secretary of state, Rod Blagojevich was a ...

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...

Illinois Lawmakers Who Crossed Rauner, Madigan Targeted in Primary Races

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.01.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

As of 5 p.m. Monday, the slate of candidates for the March 15 primaries is complete and the stage is set for the first elections in the Bruce Rauner era.