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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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Illinois Colleges With Students Who Have the Highest Average ACT Scores

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 3:22 PM

College admissions officers often tell high school students to work on a quality, well-rounded college application. Such an application might include records of good grades, a carefully constructed essay, letters of recommendation, lists of impressive extra-curricular activities and the highest standardized test score possible.

While a student's...

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100 Years After the Eastland: Three Deadly Illinois Disasters

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 2:20 PM

Nearly 100 years after the single biggest loss of life event in the continental United States in the 20th century, video of the disaster keeps popping up. The steamship the Eastland capsized in the Chicago River in 1915, killing 844 people. Two discoveries of video from that day, the first...

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Academy Award Winners You Didn't Know Were From Illinois

(1) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 9:50 AM

Hollywood awarded its greatest honors Feb. 22, doling out prizes for excellence in movies at the 87th Academy Awards. It was also a big night for Illinois -- at least three of the award winners come from the Prairie State.

Patricia Arquette-Best Actress in a Supporting Role,...

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7 Ways Chicago Ended Up with an Emanuel-Garcia Runoff

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 9:08 AM

Chicagoans spoke at the ballot boxes while voting for mayor Feb. 24 -- and their choice for the next leader of the city was not for Mayor Rahm Emanuel or Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia or for any of the three other candidates. The decision made by...

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How Many Millionaires Are There in Illinois?

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 1:13 PM

After Gov. Bruce Rauner's Feb. 18 budget address that called for steep cuts to spending in order to recover the state's financial stability, House Speak Michael Madigan revived talk of a "millionaire tax" in Illinois.

Nearly 64 percent of Illinois voters favored the "millionaire tax" advisory question...

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6 Spending Cuts Proposed for Illinois by Gov. Bruce Rauner

(4) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 5:09 PM

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his first budget address to the General Assembly Feb . 18, outlining his plans for getting the state's finances back on track. He decried the "sleight of hand budgeting" and "financial recklessness" that has besmirched the state's fiscal condition with its more than...

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How Many Union Members Are in Illinois?

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 7:00 PM

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has made his criticism of public unions clear, signing an executive order to stop mandatory "fair share" fees and expressing support for local "right-to-work zones" throughout the state.

Rauner's rhetoric quickly turned into action following his Feb. 9 executive order, which blocks government...

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Three Companies That Have Moved Out of Illinois

(9) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 4:56 PM

A lot of Illinoisans, including Gov. Bruce Rauner, have come out in favor of beefing up Illinois' business climate in order to in turn improve the finances of the state and of individual Illinoisans. He and others say that companies which employee large numbers of Illinoisans have to...

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42 Illinois Counties Made the Poverty Watch List by the Social Impact Research Center

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 3:23 PM

Illinois' poverty rate is the highest it's been in about 55 years, says a new study by the Social Impact Research Center. It's been on a steady rise for the last fifteen years, with 14.7 percent of Illinoisans now living at or below the poverty line...

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Meet the Chicago Mayoral Candidates

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 3:47 PM

Chicagoans across the city will have the chance to vote for their next mayor Feb. 24. If one candidate earns more than 50 percent of the vote in February, that person will win the election. But if no one receives more than half of voters' support, there will...

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Playing Devil's Advocate: Will Legal Marijuana Ever Come to Illinois?

(2) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 4:09 PM

When it comes to legalizing marijuana in Illinois, there are as many opinions as there are Illinoisans. But one Illinoisan, known only as the Devil's Advocate, has some particularly strong ideas.


The Devil's Advocate writes:

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7 Things You Didn't Know About Abraham Lincoln

(6) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 10:32 AM

While almost every American could probably tell you some of the most prominent details of the life of Abraham Lincoln, such as his time living in a log cabin or the opening of the Gettysburg Address, there is still much most people don't know about the country's 16th...

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5 Civil Rights Leaders You Might Not Know Are From Illinois

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 8:07 AM

While many Illinoisans know some of the more prominent names associated with the 1960's Civil Rights movement in the United States, such as Martin Luther King Jr. or Rosa Parks, many might not realize that Illinois is home to some of its own important Civil Rights leaders.

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What Bruce Rauner Said During the State of the State Address and What It Really Means

(7) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 3:33 PM

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner gave his first State of the State Address Feb. 4, outlining his plans for his term in office. It was equal parts call to action to lawmakers with whom he'll be working for the next four years and call to arms for those who...

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Illinois Unemployment Numbers Continue Downward Trend

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 3:19 PM

As the global economy and Illinois continue to move toward economic recovery, a report from the Illinois Department of Employment Security found that unemployment numbers were down in every one of the state's 12 metropolitan statistical areas for the ninth month in a row.


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Illinois' Wall of Fame: The State's Best Designations

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 9:57 AM

It's easy to get bogged down thinking about all of the things wrong with Illinois: $100 billion in unfunded pension liabilities, a $9 billion deficit and a history of government corruption and inefficiency.

Luckily, as any Illinoisan can tell you, there are a lot of good things...

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8 Illinois Counties With Some of the Highest DUI Arrests

(2) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 11:34 AM

Throughout the United States in 2013, one person was killed every 52 minutes in a drunk driving accident.

While the number of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in Illinois has decreased 37.8 percent between 2002 and 2012 -- in large part because of increased awareness, tougher punishments...

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5 Illinois Colleges Whose Graduates Earn the Most Money

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 10:34 AM

One of the biggest reasons students choose to go to college is to learn the skills necessary to get a high-paying job. Earnings potential can even be a main factor in deciding where to go to school, in addition to academic programs, athletic attractions and extra-curricular opportunities.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner Spent a Lot of Money on TV Advertising During the 2014 Campaign

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 1:16 PM

More than a quarter of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's $65 million campaign fund went straight to TV advertising during the general election, according to Illinois State Board of Elections information.

Check out the chart below to see how much money Rauner spent in some of...

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Here Are 10 of Illinois' Top 50 School Districts

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 5:37 AM ranked 747 of Illinois' 863 public school districts based on schools' test scores.

SchoolDigger determines a district's ranking by averaging the rank percentile of each school within a given district. Individual schools are ranked using the most recent reported test scores for Math and...

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