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Could Union Veto Loss Be Surprise Win for Madigan?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.08.2016 | 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.

Are Illinois' Elected Officials Running a Government or a Political Campaign?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.13.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Capitol Fax's Rich Miller has an argument to make: If one were to look at the workings of Illinois state government last week, they might not be able to tell whether they were examining a political campaign or the negotiations of actual elected officials.

Rauner's Ad Blitz: Slow Now, Could Ramp Up Later

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.22.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Last week, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner released a TV ad campaign aiming to convince regular Illinoisans to side with him, and not House Speaker Michael Madigan, on the state's budget debate. Capitol Fax's Rich Miller says the governor's ad was not as foreceful as some might have expected them to be, but it still wasn't not necessarily productive.

Illinois' Democrats and Republicans Have a Fundamental Misunderstanding

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.08.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

With Illinois' state government divided (a Republican executive and a Democratic legislature), Rich Miller of Capitol Fax wonders why, after months of being forced to work together, members of the two parties haven't been able to understand each other.

Rauner's Illinois Pension Plan a Budget 'Booby Trap'?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.25.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Back in December, Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner said Democrats had concocted a "booby-trap budget" that would detonate just as he took office. He was right. But is Rauner setting another trap with a new pension reform plan he proposed last week? Rich Miller of Capitol Fax explains.

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.


Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.14.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Multimillionaire Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner has an extremely close relationship with Rahm Emanuel, moderate stances on social issues a...

Top 10: Illinois Remains in National Unemployment Cellar

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.23.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

New unemployment figures last week showed Illinois' jobless rate unchanged in August. That also means our second-worst national ranking is unchanged.

Daley on Exit: I Could Have Won, That's Why I Quit

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.18.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Bill Daley offered a unique excuse Tuesday for why he had abandoned his bid for governor the previous day: He was confident he'd win. And he realized that, at 65, he wasn't prepared for the 5- to 9-year commitment winning the governorship would entail.

Quinn's lawmaker salary veto: Playing with fire?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.28.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

SALARY VETO AS STRATEGY This week Illinois lawmakers will miss their first monthly paycheck after Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed their salaries after their fai...

Madigan, Metra and clout culture: "Legal" doesn't mean "correct"

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.21.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

LEGAL VS. RIGHT Whether House Speaker Michael Madigan broke any laws in trying to obtain a raise for a political donor at Metra is all but irrelevant....

Daley raises $800k, demands campaign reform; Poll: Rutherford leads GOP pack; Government golden parachutes you pay for

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.31.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

2014 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Daley tweeted Sunday night that he has raised $800,000 since announcing his candidacy three weeks ago. He...

Does Perception = Reality in "Two-State" Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.17.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Are there two states of Illinois, Chicago and the rest of the state? That was the theme of a discussion I attended last week at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Let's Get Ready to Rumble: Illinois Senate Back in Session

Kyle Hillman | Posted 08.22.2011 | Chicago
Kyle Hillman

In Springfield, our representation is free to debate a bill however they choose, but that doesn't include making public the fact that there is a very clear conflict of interest. Think about that for a second.

Governor Pat Quinn's "Open Primary" Push Is Fish Food

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Under current Illinois law, a voter must declare a party affiliation before voting in the primary, which is then recorded as a public record. Pat Quinn's "open primary" plan would change that.

After Pressure, Quinn Abandons Twitter And Video Ban At Budget Cut Announcement

Huffington Post/AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

After their plan to create a media embargo and bar video cameras, live tweeting and other forms of immediate communication from a briefing on state bu...

Daley's Candidate in the Illinois Fifth Congressional District Election: Feigenholtz?

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Why would Feigenholtz have the Mayor's favor? Because the others seem to have his disfavor.

Constitutional Convention Gaining Momentum

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The push for an Illinois constitutional convention picked up steam Tuesday with news that Cook County Assessor James Houlihan is supporting the Nov. 4...

Bad News for News

Rep. John Fritchey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rep. John Fritchey

In most every other state that I have occasion to visit, newspaper coverage of state government surpasses that in Illinois.