iOS app Android app

Reboot Illinois
GET UPDATES FROM Reboot Illinois
Reboot Illinois is a nonpartisan website and social media effort dedicated to involving Illinoisans in the key issues facing our state, including state debt, corruption and waste and improving business and schools. Our investors are Anne Dias Griffin and Lester and Jim Crown. Editorial content is directed by Executive Editor Matt Dietrich, previously with the Illinois State Journal-Register, and Madeleine Doubek, the prior Chief Editor of the Daily Herald.

Entries by Reboot Illinois

Check Out These Spooky Haunted Houses... If You Dare

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 2:01 PM

Do you enjoy walking through dimly lit hallways splattered with blood and shrouded in fog, never knowing what's lurking around the corner or in the shadows?

Then you're probably very excited it's October and that haunted houses are back.

With the help of Illinois Haunted Houses and some scouring...

Read Post

Two of the Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities Under 200,000 in Illinois

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 8:58 PM

A new analysis of the FBI's latest crime data ranked two Illinois cities among the nation's Top 10 most dangerous with populations under 200,000.

Law Street Media's "Crime in America 2016" rankings, which uses the FBI's 2014 violent crimes statistics, show crime rates nationwide dropped by roughly...

Read Post

Niche: The Top 7 Liberal Arts Colleges in Illinois

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 5:03 PM

Seven Illinois colleges have been ranked as the state's best liberal arts schools for 2016, four of which are among the nation's Top 100.

To come up with the rankings, Niche assessed more than 1,000 public and private four-year institutions using the most recent data from the U.S. Department of...

Read Post

Which Cities in Illinois Have the Snobbiest Residents?

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 5:46 PM

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. Then they scoured the Internet to see which cities have the...

Read Post

These Illinois School Districts Are Spending the Most and Least Per Student

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 3:34 PM

During the 2013-14 school year, the average operating expense per student was $12,521, according to Illinois State Board of Education.

This figure takes into consideration a number of different expenses, such as transportation costs, instructional costs and student resources, among other things.

The amount spent per student can vary...

Read Post

10 Crazy Corn Mazes in Illinois

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 2:17 PM

With all the corn fields in Illinois, you know there has to be some pretty awesome corn maze designs.

As you might have heard, an international architecture and design publication recently ranked the world's top 10 best mazes in 2015, and No. 2 can be found right here in Illinois....

Read Post

These 30 Colleges in Illinois Have the Highest Violent Crime Rates

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 2:26 PM

How safe are Illinois' public and private colleges?

Law Street Media recently published its campus crime rate data for 2015, which ranked hundreds of national colleges based on their campus' crimes. Law Street Media says about its rankings:

Campuses are ranked according to their average violent crime...
Read Post

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

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 4:09 PM

U.S. News & World Report named nine universities in Illinois as some of the best in the nation for 2016, and two of them were among the top 12.

The schools were ranked based on their undergraduate academic reputation, freshmen retention rates, six-year graduation rates, ACT/SAT test...

Read Post

Illinois Is One of Six States Taking in the Most Syrian Refugees

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 4:54 PM

Since March 2011, nearly 1,600 Syrian refugees have fled their war-torn country for the U.S., according to the State Department. And Illinois is one of six states taking in the most refugees.

Over the last four and a half years, the state has accepted 132 people who...

Read Post

10 Places in Illinois Where Pension Spiking Costs Are Highest

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 12:04 PM

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 controversial practice.

While laws have been enacted to deter pension spiking -- a practice in which public employees nearing retirement are awarded pay...

Read Post

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

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 1:12 PM

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 northern Illinois, all can enjoy these Illinois orchards.

Using the website OrangePippin, we've compiled a list of apple orchards in Illinois...

Read Post

10 Unelected Illinoisans With the Most Political Clout

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 3:02 PM

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 20 people with the most political clout in the state.

While these prominent political insiders in Illinois do not hold public office,...

Read Post

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

(14) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 1:47 PM

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 expansion of the program for 11 conditions Sept. 10.

Rauner vetoed Senate Bill 39, which would have included post-traumatic stress disorder...

Read Post

5 of the Best Scenic Drives Through Illinois

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 2:19 PM

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 appreciate the shifting seasons than by taking a drive through Illinois.

From Peoria's Grandview Drive-deemed the "world's most beautiful drive" by President...

Read Post

Drink Up: 5 of the Drunkest Cities in Illinois

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 1:47 PM

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 of drinking establishments, college campuses and residents who like to partake. Taking all of that into account, it's not...

Read Post

How Much Could Chicago's New Taxes Cost You?

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 12:25 PM

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...

Read Post

16 of the Best Community Colleges in Illinois Ranked by Wallethub

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 1:08 PM

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.

Two-year community colleges long have fought the stereotype that they don't stack...

Read Post

3 Must-Know Facts About Illinois Taxes

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 12:01 PM

Because Illinois taxes can get pretty complex, the Taxpayers' Federation of Illinois, Illinois Fiscal Policy Council and Tax Foundation created "Illinois Illustrated," a book that makes the state's taxes easier to understand through direct, user-friendly graphs and charts.

From local to corporate taxes, the visual guide provides...

Read Post

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

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 12:26 PM

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. The difference in their health care plans, however, is that the lawmakers get to keep their...

Read Post

These 11 Illinois Counties Have More Registered Voters Than Eligible Residents

(24) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 1:58 PM

Because of Illinois' rocky political past, people sometimes make jokes about deceased residents voting, and Chicago and Cook County are generally cited as the epicenters of such fraud. According to a report by The Public Interest Legal Foundation, however, 17 counties in Illinois have more registered...

Read Post