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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.

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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...

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These 11 Illinois Counties Have More Registered Voters Than Eligible Residents

(23) 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...

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16 Mouthwatering Illinois Town and Village Names

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 11:10 AM

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. If this sounds familiar to you, then you probably live in one of these 16 mouthwatering...

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12 Top-Ranked Colleges in Illinois, According to Forbes

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 12:07 PM

In its annual list of top colleges, Forbes includes schools from all over the country. Most recently, Forbes published its list for 2015. Forbes used the following five factors in their methodology to determine which schools are the best:

  • Student Satisfaction (25 percent)

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These 3 Illinois Neighborhoods Rank Among the Nation's Most Dangerous

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 1:04 PM

Some places in Illinois have earned a spot on a violent list yet again. Of the communities on this list, four can be found in Illinois.

For many Americans in residential neighborhoods, violence and crime remain a concern. According to recent crime data analyzed by...

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Immense Corn Production in 5 Illinois Counties

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 10:52 AM

Illinois takes pride in its corn production. This can be seen in the fact that sweet corn is even the state's official vegetable. (However, for the record, the Whole Grains Council and the Illinois Department of Agriculture label corn as...

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6 Facts About Bullying in Illinois You Should Know

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 12:13 PM

Now that the school year has begun for many schools in Illinois, thousands of students will experience some form of bullying in school or on the internet. In fact, Illinois is one of the 10 worst states for bullying.

It's estimated that U.S. schools harbor at least

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17 of the Best Illinois High School Ranked by Newsweek

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 12:31 PM

Out of Newsweek's top 500 high schools in the country for 2015, 30 of those high schools are in Illinois.

Several of the state's high schools that appeared on the list rank among the nation's top 20, with Walter Payton College Prep High School in...

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23 of the Best Illinois Towns to Raise a Family

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 12:44 PM

Illinoisans looking for a place to settle down and raise a family can turn to the plethora of living options Illinois has to offer. Our state has many towns and cities for families interested in finding the best environments for their children. Niche recently reviewed 4,264...

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These Are the 25 Healthiest and Unhealthiest Illinois Counties

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 11:05 AM

National health rankings published by County Health Rankings & Roadmaps reveals a detailed analysis on the healthiest and unhealthiest counties in Illinois for 2015. The counties are ranked according to a set of factors including length of life, quality of life, personal health behaviors, physical environment,...

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Illinois Medical Cannabis: 6 Things You Need to Know Before Applying

(9) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 8:49 PM

Major changes have been made in Illinois regarding medicinal marijuana. Former Governor Pat Quinn signed the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act in early August of 2013. Following this, it took a signature from new Governor Bruce Rauner on the rules for growers and...

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5 Shocking Facts About the Illinois Heroin Epidemic

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 1:14 PM

With the increasing prevalence of the heroin epidemic sweeping the country, taking lives and tearing apart families and communities, Illinois is evidently one of the states where this crisis is hitting hardest.

Nationwide, the number of individuals who have reported using heroin in the past year nearly...

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Two of the 47 Most Expensive Private Colleges in the Country Are in Illinois

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 11:11 AM

The U.S. Department of Education recently published a list of the most expensive private colleges, and two Illinois schools made the list. The University of Chicago and Northwestern University rank among the 47 most expensive private colleges in the country. The list, however, is solely dependent...

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Where Are the 50 Safest Cities in Illinois?

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 11:31 AM

Safety is a huge concern when new families choose where to live. Based on some recently published data on crime rates by the FBI, ValuePenguin determined "crime scores" for all the cities listed in the data. ValuePenguin calculated the scores by weighing violent crimes at 90 percent and property crimes at...

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11 Illinois Hiking Spots You Should Visit This Summer

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 11:32 AM

Take your Illinois summer to the incredible hiking trails our state parks and forests have to offer. Along with some fun campgrounds and water parks, these outdoor escapes in Illinois are sure to keep you and your family out and about this summer.

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12 of Illinois' Most Politically Corrupt 21st Century Women

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 9:00 AM

"Old boys network" is a term used to describe the culture that allows political corruption to thrive. According to a study from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, this shorthand term does not accurately reflect the female gender.

"Unsupervised, Ensnared, Relational, and Private: A Typology of...

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These 40 Illinois Cities Are the Worst for Commuting

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 10:02 AM

The amount of time you spend on the road is dependent on where in Illinois you live and work. Your commutes could either be drawn-out and stressful, or they could be brief and relaxing after a long day at work.

The average commute time for most working Illinoisans...

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Warning: These Are 5 of the Most Dangerous Jobs

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 9:56 AM

Many jobs are synonymous with danger, like being a police officer, firefighter, soldier, or some other occupation that forces a person to put his or her life on the line with each new day on the job. There are many other careers, however, that do not seem obviously...

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6 Ways This New Site Makes Following Illinois Campaign Finances Easy

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 11:03 AM

There is a brand new website that lets you track and find the money used in Illinois politics and government.

The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform revealed its automated, new, Illinois Sunshine campaign finance website that provides information on all major campaign donations...

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Illinois' School System Is Among Top 10 in the Nation

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 12:34 PM

New study shows that Illinois schools systems rank among the nation's best

According to a new WalletHub study, the list of the top 10 states with the best public school systems includes Illinois.

WalletHub used 13 criteria including math and reading test scores, student-teacher ratio, dropout rates and the...

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