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Illinois' Comptroller Position Gets Exciting for Leslie Munger

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.28.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Earlier this week I wrote that the race for Illinois comptroller might be one of the hottest contests of next year's election. I contrasted the sizzl...

12 Top-Ranked Colleges in Illinois, According to Forbes

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.28.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

In its annual list of top colleges, Forbes includes schools from all over the country. Most recently, Forbes published its list for 2015. Forbes used five factors in their methodology to determine which schools are the best.

Judge Says State of Illinois Could Be Held in Contempt of Court if Comptroller Doesn't Pay Social Service Providers

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.27.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

If Munger and the state can't figure out a way to pay those social service providers, some of them will have to stop providing help to Illinoisans who need it.

These 3 Illinois Neighborhoods Rank Among the Nation's Most Dangerous

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.26.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Some places in Illinois have earned a spot on a violent list yet again. Of the communities on this list, four can be found in Illinois. For many Americans in residential neighborhoods, violence and crime remain a concern.

Immense Corn Production in 5 Illinois Counties

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.26.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois takes pride in its corn production. This can be seen in the fact that sweet corn is even the state's official vegetable. (However, for the re...

Recapping Drama in Illinois: At the State Fair and With the Ashley Madison Hack

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.25.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Six state government emails were found among the list of hacked accounts at the dating site Ashley Madison, which encourages married users to have affairs.

6 Facts About Bullying in Illinois You Should Know

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Reboot Illinois

Now that the school year has begun for many schools in Illinois, thousands of students will experience some form of bullying in school or on the inter...

17 of the Best Illinois High School Ranked by Newsweek

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.25.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Out of Newsweek's top 500 high schools in the country for 2015, 30 of those high schools are in Illinois. Several of the state's high schools that a...

Illinois State Fair: Deep-fried Politics

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.24.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

If you've had any trouble understanding why we've got gridlock in Springfield, a few minutes' worth of the rhetoric between the state's primary political combatants -- Gov. Bruce Rauner, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton -- should make things clear.

Keep Illinois Weird: The State's 10 Most Unusual Landmarks

Madison Bondi | Posted 08.21.2015 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

Illinois natives often try to describe what it's like to be from the Land of Lincoln, but at times it all comes down to, "It's not normal, it's an Illinois thing." With our weird town names and bizarre high school mascots, we Illinoisans are just plain strange. Where's the evidence? It's all around us.

Gov. Bruce Rauner Talks Up Republican Values at Illinois State Fair

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.24.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday rallied the Republican faithful and predicted a comeback for the party in Illinois as he hosted his first Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair.

23 of the Best Illinois Towns to Raise a Family

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.20.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinoisans looking for a place to settle down and raise a family can turn to the plethora of living options Illinois has to offer.

These Are the 25 Healthiest and Unhealthiest Illinois Counties

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.20.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The counties are ranked according to a set of factors including length of life, quality of life, personal health behaviors, physical environment, access to clinical care, and socioeconomic indicators.

Editorial: Give Rauner Room to Do What He Was Elected to Do

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.19.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Editor's note: This is an editorial written by Reboot Illinois' Matt Dietrich and Madeleine Doubek. Despite what House Speaker Michael Madigan belie...

Illinois' Geographic Rifts Grow Larger With School Spending Conflicts

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.18.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Forget Democrats vs. Republicans. A brewing fight over how state government funds Illinois schools districts draws geographic battle lines that pit Ch...

Illinois Medical Cannabis: 6 Things You Need to Know Before Applying

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.17.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Major changes have been made regarding medicinal marijuana. Former Governor Pat Quinn signed the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act in early August of 2013. It took a signature from Governor Bruce Rauner on the rules for dispensers, and 17 months for patients to qualify for the use of medical cannabis.

With No State Budget, Illinois Spending Is Running Amok, Unchecked

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.17.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

House Speaker Michael Madigan last week made a statement that, when examined against recent events in Springfield, says a lot about the state budget s...

5 Shocking Facts About the Illinois Heroin Epidemic

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.16.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

While heroin continues to encroach and erode the lives of thousands of Illinoisans, the dramatic decline in state-funded treatment capacity is one of the most disconcerting takeaways from the report

What Is Legislative Redistricting? Well, Let Me Tell You...

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.14.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

If you believe that legislative redistricting reform is the greatest and most needed political reform in Illinois government today, as I do, you also have to face the reality that communicating your belief to the voting public is a monumental challenge.

Two of the 47 Most Expensive Private Colleges in the Country Are in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.14.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The U.S. Department of Education recently published a list of the most expensive private colleges, and two Illinois schools made the list. The Univers...

After Some Contention, Illinois House Dems and GOP Agree on Something

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.13.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Stop the presses! Wednesday found the Illinois House voting unanimously on a spending bill. But unanimity doesn't equate to harmony in Springfield, at least not on the House floor before all members voted to sanction spending $5.2 billion in federal money that had been in limbo because of the state budget stalemate

Where Are the 50 Safest Cities in Illinois?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.13.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Safety is a huge concern when new families choose where to live. Based on some recently published data on crime rates by the FBI, ValuePenguin deter...

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

11 Illinois Hiking Spots You Should Visit This Summer

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.12.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Take your Illinois summer to the incredible hiking trails our state parks and forests have to offer. Along with some fun campgrounds and water parks, ...

Has Rauner Finally Found Effective Union Reform Rhetoric?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.11.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Rauner has said he would be more willing to talk about passing a budget if legislative Democrats were more willing to talk about these union deals.