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Trump to Hold Rally in Springfield After Hosting "SNL"

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.05.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Billionaire/reality TV star/GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump will hold a rally in Springfield on Monday, less than 48 hours after hosting "Saturd...

Judge to Quinn: Pay 'em! Decision and Reactions

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.27.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

You probably know by now that Gov. Pat Quinn lost his attempt to cancel paychecks for lawmakers. Cook County Circuit Judge Neil Cohen sided with House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton in their lawsuit against Quinn.

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.

6 Things You Didn't Know About Bill Daley

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.20.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

When Bill Daley bowed out of the governor's race this week, we lost not only an exciting contested Democratic primary. We also lost one of the most potentially colorful candidates in recent election history.

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.

Mad As Hell? Don't Just Yell: Use Reboot Illinois' New Sound Off Tool

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.17.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Our state's in sorry shape. Debt's growing. Higher taxes are looming. You're mad as hell, now who do you tell? Introducing: Sound Off.

Eliminate 'Lite Gov' Office? Let the People Vote, Says BGA

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.16.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Pat Quinn has sought to cast his race against Bill Daley for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination as a case of the populist who fights for the little guy (Quinn) vs. the "big shot" who has traveled in elite political and business circles.

Sponsor: Progressive Tax Push Coming in Spring

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.13.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

There are a handful of bills in the General Assembly seeking to change the state constitution to allow Illinois to drop its one-rate-for-all income tax system and implement a progressive income tax. But so far there's been no legislative push to get things moving.

Capitol Doors: Boondoggle, Investment or Symptom?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.12.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

It seems like there are only two people who are happy about the shiny new $680,000 doors on the State Capitol: the architect overseeing the project and former Gov. Jim Thompson.

Tribune's Stantis Remembers 9/11

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.11.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

We remember 9/11 today and so does the Chicago Tribune's Scott Stantis.

2014: Former Govs. Thompson, Edgar endorse Dillard

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.09.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Kirk Dillard already had the endorsement of former Gov. Jim Edgar, for whom Dillard was chief of staff before launching his Illinois Senate career in 1993.

No Joke: You Paid $700,000 for Doors

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.05.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Turns out that Illinois state employees are among the highest paid, though Illinois does not top the list even among Midwestern states. But Illinois also has the fewest state employees per capita of all states. We break it all down in today's infographic. You be the judge of what constitutes "overpaid."

2014: Dillard, Rutherford Announce Running Mates via Social Media

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.03.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Republican gubernatorial candidates Dan Rutherford and Kirk Dillard used social media over the long holiday weekend to preview their running mate choices.

GOP Day at IL State Fair: 4 Gov Candidates Square Off

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.16.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Republicans this year are giddy about their chances for retaking the governorship for the first time since Rod Blagojevich's victory in 2002.

Double-dip Dem Debate

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 10.12.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Gov. Pat Quinn and his opponent, Bill Daley, are fully sparring now over cronyism as this Daley says Quinn's nomination to the Chicago Transit Authority of Thornton Township Supervisor Frank Zuccarelli violates the spirit of a law that doesn't allow some board nominees to get multiple government salaries.

2014: Daley officially in for governor

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.29.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

DALEY OFFICIALLY IN Maybe it was a foregone conclusion, but Bill Daley today made his run for governor official, filing paperwork with the Illinois St...

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...