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Here's What Pat Quinn Is Up To These Days

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.02.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

It's been nearly nine months since former Gov. Pat Quinn disappeared from the news cycle. This week, though, he's edged back into the headlines -- ...

Madigan Says the 2014 Election Was More About Pat Quinn's Failures Than Bruce Rauner's Successes

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.12.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The back and forth continued this week when Madigan and Rauner disagreed over a bill passed in the Illinois Senate that would free up about $4.8 billion in federal money that has so far been tied up due to the state's budget stalemate

Illinois Poll Shows Strong Opposition to Fracking

Will Reynolds | Posted 06.06.2015 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

As the poll shows, many voters are looking for leaders who offer more than empty assurances that regulation will make fracking safe or provide good jobs.

Reeder: Quinn's Inauguration Absence a Disappointment

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.25.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn was not present at Gov. Bruce Rauner's inauguration ceremony on Jan. 12. To Scott Reeder of the Illinois News Network, this was the ultimate act of sour grapes.

It Costs $36 to Win One Vote in Illinois but Only $18 to Lose One

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.24.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

In spending $65.4 million to win 1.82 million votes, Bruce Rauner spent $35.88 per vote. Pat Quinn spent $30.2 million in 2014 and received 1.68 million votes, spending slightly less than $18 per vote.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Could Look to Former Gov. Pat Quinn for Some Dos and Don'ts

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.22.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Rauner also will have to learn from and work with other Democrats during his gubernatorial term--Democratic legislators and their leaders. Capitol Fax's Rich Miller says that a new poll shows that Illinoisans want Rauner and his new colleagues to work together to govern the state well.

Illinois medical marijuana program leaves questions

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.17.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The headline on a Daily Beast article Wednesday gives Illinois government way too much credit: "Illinois' Absurd Fight to Block Medical Marijuana." T...

Illinois budget could be heading down a road to trouble

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.10.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Ever since he won the Nov. 4 election, Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has been sounding warnings about the budget danger facing Illinois. In December, he sa...

Rauner Announces Comptroller Appointment While Quinn Calls Special Session to Discuss His Own Appointment

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.08.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has announced he will appoint former Helene Curtis/Unilever executive Leslie Munger to replace the state's late compt...

Can Illinois Learn From New York's Victory Against Fracking?

Will Reynolds | Posted 03.07.2015 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

Illinois environmentalists are cheering the spectacular success of the movement to ban fracking in New York. The victory is justifiably spurring reflection on how it was done. What happened in New York that Illinois environmentalists can learn from?

Maybe the Best College Trustee in Illinois

Adam Andrzejewski | Posted 02.28.2015 | College
Adam Andrzejewski

From the outside, COD looks like it's an impossible environment for systemic reform. It appears that Hamilton is just one mom versus a corrupt machine. But, the fresh faced newbie armed with the mandate from the voters is winning the battle at COD.

Illinois elves have some gift ideas for your favorite politicians

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.21.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Still trying to check off your last gift-buying errands on your holiday list? Not sure what to get your favorite (or least favorite) politicians this ...

Public Recordings of Police Officers Will Be Legal in Illinois After All

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.15.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

I'm not sure how this caught fire and spread so quickly on Facebook and Twitter, because the whole point of the eavesdropping law revision was to remove language that made it a felony for any citizen to record a law enforcement officer on duty. It was that portion of the eavesdropping law that made it both unconstitutional and absurdly antiquated.

Would the Real Pat Quinn Please Stand Up?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.14.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Please bear with me as I make a long wind-up for a simple pitch. The pitch is: I've always thought Pat Quinn was a pretty decent guy. Honest, sincere, well-meaning and not self-aggrandizing. Lately, though, Quinn has given me reason to wonder.

Illinois and U.S. Politicians Remember Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.11.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

While the identity of her successor remains a mystery, Illinois continues to remember the life and governmental career of state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Recollections came in from prominent political figures, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and even President Obama.

Frustration With Police in Chicago Runs Deeper Than Ferguson, New York Protests

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.10.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Brian T. Murphey, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, says these recent events are only the catalyst for conversations based on larger, deeper frustrations over a long period of time.

Illinois New Eavesdropping Law Is A Terrible Idea

Dan Johnson | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Dan Johnson

A major contributing factor to this new era of transparency has been a citizen's right to film the police, upheld by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2012.

How Much Did the Illinois Gubernatorial Candidates Pay for Your Vote?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 01.14.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The 2014 Illinois governor's race broke all previous records for campaign spending in a statewide race. Both candidates poured millions of dollars into convincing Illinoisans to vote for them.

A series of questions for Illinois' elected officials

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.13.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Do Illinois lawmakers have a clue what it means to balance the state budget? Bill Bergman of Truth in Accounting has a few questions for Illinois' le...

Profile in Cowardice: Senator Don Harmon Fracks Illinois

Will Reynolds | Posted 01.13.2015 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

The Illinois fracking law was negotiated by lobbyists behind closed doors with no southern Illinois environmentalists invited. The rules were finished the same way, but this time even the pro-regulation statehouse green groups were shut outside.

It Doesn't Pay to Be a Fossil-Fuel Democrat on Election Day

Will Reynolds | Posted 01.12.2015 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

Being a fossil-fuel Democrat clearly isn't working anymore. It's not going to get any easier as support for taking action on climate change grows. What should Democrats do now?

All Illinois Democrats Have to Do for Re-Election Is Govern Like Democrats

Will Reynolds | Posted 01.11.2015 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

There's a simple lesson for Illinois Democrats from last Tuesday's election. If you want to get re-elected as a Democrat in Illinois all you have to do is govern like a liberal Democrat.

Some Words of Wisdom for Illinois' New Goveror-elect

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.07.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois' new governor elect, Republican Bruce Rauner, has a lot of work ahead of him to fix the state's economy and get Illinoisans on board with state government again. Though voters chose him to lead the state for the next four years, he won't be able to do it alone.

Did College Football Games Predict Tuesday's Electoral Outcomes?

Glen Browder | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Glen Browder

I would have to give the football/election thesis a passing grade, based on these few cases, regardless of whether you use my statewide speculations or the more precise county analysis of my bold political science friends.

Will the Rauner-Madigan-Cullerton Era Bring Divisive Government to Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.06.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Rauner said that Illinoisans voted for this divide Nov. 4 -- but did we really?