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Is Fishiness Afoot in Redistricting Reform in Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.15.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Was there something fishy going on when the state board of elections raised questions about whether the redistricting reform campaign had enough valid signatures to get on the November ballot?

Term Limits and Unintended Consequences

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.19.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

With Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner backing a well-financed effort to put a term limits constitutional amendment on the 2014 ballot, the issue has more momentum today than it's had in 20 years -- since then-Treasurer Pat Quinn nearly got term limits onto the 1994 ballot.

Will Quinn Campaign Get Minimum Wage Increase Back on Track?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.23.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

This could be an uphill battle, however, due to two statistics: Illinois already has the highest minimum wage in the region and unemployment is 9.2 percent -- second highest in the nation.

Bruce Rauner: I'm Ready to Fight Unions

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.14.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois has never seen a candidate for governor like Republican hopeful Bruce Rauner. The Chicago venture capitalist has nearly endless wealth he could put into his campaign. He has no experience in elected office.

Family Biz Hurts Us

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 10.09.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Here's our one-stop shop to the best news and views on reform topics from around the state.

Where is Quinn's amendatory veto pen when we need it?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.01.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

VETO PEN Three weeks ago Gov. Pat Quinn used his amendatory veto power to eliminate funding for lawmaker salaries after they failed to meet his July 9...

Madigan/Cullerton lawsuit: "Quinn acting like Blagojevich"

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.30.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

"NOT SINCE GOVERNOR BLAGOJEVICH..." House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton begin their lawsuit against Gov. Pat Quinn by in...

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...

More patronage outrage from Metra scandal

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.25.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

METRA OUTRAGE CONTINUES It turns out that the Metra employee for whom House Speaker Michael Madigan was trying to obtain a raise was already collectin...

Income tax debate takes center stage

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.24.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

SPOTLIGHT ON INCOME TAX Jan. 1, 2015, is D-Day for Illinois' income tax. That's when most of the 2011 temporary income tax increase expires, dropping ...

What's in Illinois' income tax future?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.22.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

TAX TALK Illinois lawmakers face some tough choices about our state income tax. In 2011, they raised the income tax from 3 to 5 percent for four years...

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....

Rep. Franks: Maybe Metra's Clifford broke law?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.18.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

IT'S ALL IN THE BERRIOS FAMILY CIRCLE Cook County taxpayers got dinged this week by county Assessor Joe Berrios as they will foot the $500,000 bill fo...

Ex Metra CEO: Speaker Madigan has "moral character flaw"

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.17.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

WHO'S GOT THE "MORAL CHARACTER FLAW?" Ex Metra CEO Alex Clifford says House Speaker Michael Madigan has that big character deficit. Wait, who? Only hi...

Fight Illinois Corruption: Say Yes to Independent Maps

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 09.15.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

If you've been looking for something you can do to stem corruption in Illinois, boost fairness and return power to the people of Illinois, this is your chance. Sign on. Sign up. Grab some signatures of your family, friends and neighbors. Talk it up.

Sky the limit on campaign funding for 2014 Illinois gov race

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.11.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

SKY'S THE LIMIT? Illinois only recently imposed its first campaign contribution limits. But with Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner likel...

Quinn: No pension bill, no paychecks -- Political stunt or shrewd move? Join us to give voters fair maps; Stantis: IL v. Bieber

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.10.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

NO CHECK FOR YOU! Gov. Pat Quinn had threatened "consequences" to lawmakers if they didn't pass a pension reform bill by July 9 and on Wednesday he de...

Quinn to lawmakers: No pension bill, no pay

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.09.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

2014: QUINN'S BAD DAY Gov. Pat Quinn had one of the worst days of his governorship Tuesday in Springfield. First the General Assembly resoundingly rej...