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Musical Acts Announced for 2015 Illinois State Fair

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.01.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The Illinois State Fair is only a few months away, and organizers already are getting Illinoisans excited for some of the musical acts. If you're a fan of country or classic rock, you'll definitely want to check it out.

Bruce Rauner's "Good Friday Massacre" budget cuts reinstated

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.01.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Please allow me to vent briefly on the "Good Friday Massacre" -- the $26 million in social service cuts issued April 3 by Gov. Bruce Rauner. The big ...

5 of the Best Brunch Locations in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.01.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Brunch spots might be a dime a dozen in Chicago, but there are good places to chow down on fluffy pancakes and egg-and-hash-brown skillets throughout the rest of the state too. According to UrbanSpoon rankings, here are five of the best breakfast/brunch places in Illinois outside Chicago.

How Are Illinois Elections and Mexican Elections Alike?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.30.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

In Illinois, redistricting is handled by the very legislators who can benefit from the way the political lines are drawn. Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek explains how this gerrymandering reminds her of a Mexican election she covered about 30 years ago.

10 Illinois Counties With the Most Structurally Deficient Bridges

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.29.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Here's a look at the state's bridge inventory and the number of structurally deficient rural and urban bridges, as well as the top 10 most traveled structurally deficient bridges in Illinois.

Illinois' 800 Governmental Funds

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.29.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

As Illinois lawmakers work on creating a viable, mutually agreed-upon budget for the 2016 fiscal year, Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek looked at the 800 various funds currently set up to pay for governmental work in Illinois.

Pumpkin Pie Honored in Illinois House of Representatives

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.29.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois lawmakers have a lot of work ahead of them in the next few months, especially with trying to construct and pass a balanced budget. But lawmakers took a break from trying to solve the pension crisis or working on a viable budget plan for next year to talk fall desserts in the spring.

10 of the Most Challenging High Schools in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.28.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

A new report was released ranking the nation's most challenging high schools, and 72 schools in Illinois made the cut.

Five of the Top Elementary, Middle and High Schools in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.24.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

SchoolDigger has ranked the top schools of every grade category in Illinois--elementary, middle and high school. The rankings are based on each school's average standard test score.

The Illinois House of Representatives: Red-Light Cameras and Speaker Madigan

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.23.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The Illinois State House of Representatives has approved a ban on red-light cameras in the state -- except for in Chicago, where the issue has drawn vocal opposition. Mark Fitton, a reporter for the Illinois News Network, explained.

Illinois Counties With the Most Registered Sex Offenders

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.22.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

According to Homefacts.com, there are 21.63 registered sex offenders for every 10,000 people in Illinois. Based on Illinois' population, that is nearly 28,000 registered sex offenders in the state.

Illinois Counties With the Most Public Libraries

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.22.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Libraries can be an important part of civic life in Illinois, providing spaces for reading, quiet work, Internet access, public gatherings and, of course, a place to hold a community's books. Not every Illinois county has the same number of public libraries available for their residents, though.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Explains His Plans for the State's Pension and Budget Crises

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.21.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois' budget crisis is only worsened by its growing pension crisis. Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek took a look at the plans Gov. Bruce Rauner hopes to implement to begin to fix both problems.

How will the College of DuPage rebuild the public's trust?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.20.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

With news that federal investigators have descended upon the College of DuPage to look into the spending habits of the school and some of its official...

Illinois Tax Policies Can Be Rather Taxing

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.17.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

April doesn't just bring showers for May flowers. For accountants, this time of year is busier than Christmas as they help folks rush out their tax returns to the IRS.

12 Unsolved Murders in Illinois since 1974

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.27.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

While it is the job of police in Illinois to solve crimes committed in the state, not every crime ends with an explanation and a conviction. The Illinois State Police has a list of 24 unsolved murders since September 1974, in hopes that it may lead to new information, tips or leads from the public.

Illinois Gov. Rauner's Budget Cuts and Corporate Tax Breaks Are Confusing to Some

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.16.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

At a hearing before the Senate's two appropriations committees Tuesday at the Capitol to discuss the cuts, all sides vented their frustrations.

Six of the Best Illinois Bars Outside of Chicago

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.15.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

While Chicago might have the most famous bars of any other town in Illinois, other cities around the state have their fair share of watering holes, neighborhood joints and dive spots. Here are six great Illinois bars outside of Chicago, as compiled by Thrillist and accompanied by reviews from Yelp.

Meet Illinois' New State Comptroller, Leslie Munger

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.14.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Until her run against Sente last year, Munger was a political unknown. And while she now controls the state's checkbook, she remains the lowest profile of the state's six constitutional officers.

The Net Worth of Members of Congress From Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.14.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

In 2013, the average net worth of U.S. Senators was $10.87 million and $7.15 million for Representatives. While wealth in the Senate has steadily decreased since it peaked in 2007 at $17.09 million, the average net worth of House members has been on the rise after it fell briefly to $4.66 million in 2008.

Illinois Is Among the 10 States Whose Residents Use Mood-Altering Drugs the Least

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.10.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinoisans are among the least likely Americans to use mood-altering drugs, says a new Gallup survey.

10 of the Highest-Paid School Superintendents in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.09.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois school districts who want to provide their students with the best possible educations are also going to need to have the best possible people running their systems. And to hire the best talent, they'll have to offer the best salaries.

A Tale of Two Taxes in Illinois: Sin Taxes and Gas Taxes

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.09.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois taxpayers have been conditioned to believe that gambling is a convenient and limitless font of tax revenue just waiting to be tapped. But figures from the General Assembly's Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability show that state revenue from the state's 10 casinos has been in steep decline since 2005.

Chicago Mayor's Race: Transcripts From Emanuel's and Garcia's Speeches

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.08.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

After it became clear that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had enough votes to declare victory over his challenger, Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, in the city's runoff election April 7, both candidates took to the podium to address their supporters and wrap up each of their campaigns.

5 of the Most-Committed Crimes by Illinois Prison Inmates

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.07.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Here are five of the top crimes that have landed Illinoisans in state prison facilities as of June 2013, the latest time for which this information is available.