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Beyond Gov. Quinn's Much-Questioned Appointment: Should the Illinois Sports Facility Authority Even Exist?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.19.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

While Illinoisans wonder what to do with that part of the state's financial question, one Illinoisan in particular is being singled out for his influence over one of Illinois' very biggest financial questions.

Public Recordings of Police Officers Will Be Legal in Illinois After All

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.16.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

I'm not sure how this caught fire and spread so quickly on Facebook and Twitter, because the whole point of the eavesdropping law revision was to remove language that made it a felony for any citizen to record a law enforcement officer on duty. It was that portion of the eavesdropping law that made it both unconstitutional and absurdly antiquated.

Frustration With Police in Chicago Runs Deeper Than Ferguson, New York Protests

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.11.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Brian T. Murphey, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, says these recent events are only the catalyst for conversations based on larger, deeper frustrations over a long period of time.

One Idea, Many Consequences

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 12.09.2014 | Chicago
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

Preparing to take office in January, Bruce Rauner has turned to Illinoisans for ideas. People providing ideas are asked to allocate them to one of the 88 state agencies. The Department of Aging, being the first on the list, caught my attention.

Rauner's Union Leader Dilemma

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.05.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

When Bruce Rauner won the Republican nomination for governor on March 18, he abruptly dropped one term from his campaign vernacular: "union bosses."

Jim Edgar remembers his own time as an Republican governor working with a Democratic legislature in Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.24.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner will follow in the footsteps of former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar when he takes control of a state in a fiscal crisis ...

How Do Illinoisans Feel About Stricter Gun Violation Penalties?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.20.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Most politicians have made their stances on gun control laws widely known. Republican Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has said he supports the rights of Illinoisans to own guns while some Democrats have expressed support for stricter gun control laws as a way to stymie violence in the state.

Illinois' Split Government Might Just Work

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.17.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

While Illinois House Speaker Rep. Michael Madigan can seem like a formidable figure in state politics, Rich Miller of Capitol Fax believes that he and Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner can work together to govern competently.

How Much Did the Illinois Gubernatorial Candidates Pay for Your Vote?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.14.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The 2014 Illinois governor's race broke all previous records for campaign spending in a statewide race. Both candidates poured millions of dollars into convincing Illinoisans to vote for them.

Illinois' Business Climate Needs a Re-start, Says Business Leader

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.14.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

With the election of a businessman-turned-governor in Governor-elect Bruce Rauner, Elliot Richardson, president of the Small Business Advocacy Council of Illinois, hopes business and small business owners will have an important part in shaping the state's policy in the coming year.

A series of questions for Illinois' elected officials

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.13.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Do Illinois lawmakers have a clue what it means to balance the state budget? Bill Bergman of Truth in Accounting has a few questions for Illinois' le...

An Open Letter to Bruce Rauner: New Clean Energy Policies = New Clean Energy Jobs for Illinois

Henry Henderson | Posted 11.12.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Addressing the Clean Power Plan is likely among one of the first big issues your administration will face, here are three things you can push for now to spur the state's energy economy and all the positive activity that brings.

Does One Illinois Village Hold the Answer to All Our Pension Problems?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.11.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois pensions are in trouble. Everyone can agree on that. But not everyone can agree on how to fix it.

Why Democrats Lost Big in the 2014 Midterm Elections

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

Elections are moving targets. Nonetheless, absent dramatic irregularities in the election context, polls focused on high visibility races are usually robust predictive tools. Obviously, this was not the case in this year's midterm elections.

Illinois Governor's Race: Every Vote Should Be Counted, and Recounted, Perhaps

Lonna Saunders | Posted 11.07.2014 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

With many ballots yet to be counted, Quinn trails by around 165,000 votes out of perhaps 4 million cast. That vote total, is an educated guess, by me, because no one really knows yet.

Some Words of Wisdom for Illinois' New Goveror-elect

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.07.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois' new governor elect, Republican Bruce Rauner, has a lot of work ahead of him to fix the state's economy and get Illinoisans on board with state government again. Though voters chose him to lead the state for the next four years, he won't be able to do it alone.

Did College Football Games Predict Tuesday's Electoral Outcomes?

Glen Browder | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

I would have to give the football/election thesis a passing grade, based on these few cases, regardless of whether you use my statewide speculations or the more precise county analysis of my bold political science friends.

Will the Rauner-Madigan-Cullerton Era Bring Divisive Government to Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.06.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Rauner said that Illinoisans voted for this divide Nov. 4 -- but did we really?

Bruce Rauner's Victory: A Break From the Recent Past in Illinois?

Keith Koeneman | Posted 11.05.2014 | Chicago
Keith Koeneman

In April of this year, Gallup released the results of a national survey in which Illinois was ranked as the state with the highest percentage of residents who believe it is the worst place to live in the United States. Infamy of this sort is not easily earned, but instead accrues over decades.

The Irony Of Illinois Election Results Is Hard To Ignore

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

Illinois voters appear to have exercised some cognitive dissonance at the polls Tuesday night. Voters overwhelmingly supported a referendum to rai...

Jeffrey Young

5 New GOP Governors Could Undercut Medicaid Expansion

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics

The Republican wave at the polls Tuesday didn't just give the GOP more power to obstruct Obamacare in Congress and block Medicaid expansion in more th...

Dave Jamieson

Democrats Had Winning Issues, Just Not Winning Candidates

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If American voters want to see the minimum wage raised, they sure have a funny way of showing it. Binding ballot initiatives that wou...

What Does It Mean for Republican Governor Candidate Rauner to Win in Democratic Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.05.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois voters pulled off quite a feat on Tuesday. They overwhelmingly gave their support to raising the minimum wage and imposing a tax on millionaires but also elected a governor who will do everything in his power to make sure neither of those things ever happen.

Voting for the First Time? Check Out These Tips

Reboot Illinois | Posted 10.31.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Were you under the age of 18 last election season? Me too! But don't worry -- you're in good hands. Below is a checklist of all the things first-time voters like you (and I) need to know before hitting the polls.

Last-minute Vote Influences in Illinois's Gubernatorial Election

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.31.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Chicago Sun-Times reporter Dave McKinney resigned from his position as Springfield bureau chief after 19 years this month. He said ownership of the paper succumbed to pressure from the Bruce Rauner campaign over a story it didn't like.