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History of the Illinois Pension Crisis Could Be Learning Moment

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.01.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

When the Illinois Supreme Court ruled the 2013 pension reform law unconstitutional, it left the state with one very big question: how to get $105 bill...

Which Cities in Illinois Have the Snobbiest Residents?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.30.2015 | Chicago
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You can find snobby people just about anywhere, but do some cities have more snobs than others? The website RoadSnacks attempted to answer this question by looking at 371 cities in Illinois with at least 5,000 people.

Rauner Administration, Democrats Getting Very Good at Driving Each Other Crazy

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.25.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois Public Radio reporters Tony Arnold and Amanda Vinicky this week teamed up for a pair of stories that, in highly entertaining and informative fashion, describe two methods the opposing sides have used this year to antagonize each other and whip up the hostility that defines the 2015 legislative session.

These 30 Colleges in Illinois Have the Highest Violent Crime Rates

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.23.2015 | Chicago
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How safe are Illinois' public and private colleges? Law Street Media recently published its campus crime rate data for 2015, which ranked hundreds o...

After a Traumatizing Past, One Cicero Woman Fears the Future the State Budget Impasse Could Bring

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.22.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

As the state budget impasse continues with no end in sight, the livelihood and health of Illinois' most vulnerable residents are at stake. The fear ...

U.S. News & World Report Names 9 Universities in Illinois Among Best in Nation

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.22.2015 | Chicago
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On top of the metrics measured by U.S. News & World Report, finances, location, student life, areas of specialty, sports, student activities and many other factors must be considered before enrollment. But this list helps quantify a small portion of the variables facing future college students.

Illinois' Legislature Sits Backs and Lets the Courts Do All the Work

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.18.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Scott Reeder, from the Illinois News Network, shared an update on Illinois' continuing two-and-a-half-month-long budget standoff, saying that at this ...

A Look at Illinois' Bill Backlogs Over 10 Years

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.17.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois rang in New Year's Day 2011 with an unpaid bill backlog that totaled $6.38 billion. Within two weeks, in the final hours of a lame duck Legi...

10 Places in Illinois Where Pension Spiking Costs Are Highest

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.17.2015 | Chicago
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A recent investigation from the Better Government Association took a deep look into pension spiking in Illinois and the impact reforms have had on the...

Apple-Picking Season Is Just Around the Corner for These Illinois Orchards!

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.16.2015 | Chicago
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It's almost apple picking season, and that means it's almost time to enjoy all the apple orchards Illinois has to offer. In central, southern, and nor...

Ever Heard the One About the Dead People Collecting Pensions in Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.15.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Those deceased pensioners were once state employees. And for the still-living and still-employed state employees, handling payments for medical care could be about to get a whole lot more complicated.

10 Unelected Illinoisans With the Most Political Clout

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.15.2015 | Chicago
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In addition to its lists of influential players in dozens of industries in Illinois and Chicago, Crain's Chicago Business also released a list of the ...

Watch: Illinois' Bill Backlog Could Rocket Up to 2010 Levels

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.14.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois' bill backlog will reach $8.5 billion if New Year's Day arrives without a budget in place, Munger said. The last time the bill backlog got that bad, lawmakers deemed the situation an emergency and enacted a 67-percent income tax increase.

Rauner Rejected These 11 Conditions for Treatment by Medical Marijuana in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.14.2015 | Chicago
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As more Illinoisans apply for and receive permission from the state to use marijuana as a medical necessity, Gov. Bruce Rauner put a stop to further e...

5 of the Best Scenic Drives Through Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.11.2015 | Chicago
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As summer comes to a close and the leaves morph from a vibrant green to even more vibrant oranges, reds and yellows, there's no better way to apprecia...

Even Paying $500 Million Extra in Property Taxes Won't Save Chicago From Its Junk Credit Rating

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.10.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

With $30 billion in unfunded pension liabilities and its municipal bonds rated as junk, a $500-million cash infusion is weak medicine for what ails Chicago, a panel of experts said at the City Club of Chicago panel discussion Tuesday.

Drink Up: 5 of the Drunkest Cities in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.10.2015 | Chicago
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Chicago is known for its numerous and varied bars, and a lively drinking culture to go along with it. But the rest of Illinois also has its fair share...

16 of the Best Community Colleges in Illinois Ranked by Wallethub

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.15.2015 | Chicago
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The cost of four-year colleges is climbing, and many students and parents have therefore been looking at community colleges as a financially sound option. Illinois has some great community colleges, and they come at an affordable price.

Could Union Veto Loss Be Surprise Win for Madigan?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.08.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Failing to secure the votes of all 71 Democrats in the Illinois House of Representatives, Speaker Michael Madigan didn't get the political victory he hoped for over Gov. Bruce Rauner in the union arbitration bill veto override.

How Much Could Chicago's New Taxes Cost You?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.08.2015 | Chicago
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In order to help Chicago and its public schools face a severe fiscal crisis after years of borrowing, mayor Rahm Emanuel is preparing to reveal some significant new Chicago taxes. Because the state is trying to deal with its own budgeting and revenue crises, the mayor can't rely on help from Springfield to shore up the city budget.

Union Bill Veto Override Vote Distracted From Social Services Conversation in Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.04.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

During debate over restoring severe cuts to the Child Care Assistance Program -- which provides child care subsidies to low-income, working parents -- tempers flared on the House floor over the ongoing budget impasse.

3 Must-Know Facts About Illinois Taxes

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.04.2015 | Chicago
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From local to corporate taxes, the visual guide provides Illinoisans with a comprehensive overview of state taxes and the economy in general, sans all the confusing tax terminology.

16 Mouthwatering Illinois Town and Village Names

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.03.2015 | Chicago
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Does something delicious come to mind when you hear the name of your hometown? For some Illinoisans, things like cherry pie and fish filet are the first things to relate to home.

15 Illinois State Legislators Who Opted Out of Their Health Insurance Plans

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.02.2015 | Chicago
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Illinois state legislators have the same entitlement to health insurance as people with most other jobs in the U.S.; this is part of their compensation for voting on and writing state laws.

These 11 Illinois Counties Have More Registered Voters Than Eligible Residents

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.01.2015 | Chicago
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Because of Illinois' rocky political past, people sometimes make jokes about deceased residents voting, and Chicago and Cook County are generally cite...