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Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.18.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The Illinois treasurer's race might not be the most exciting or talked about in the state, but it's one of the most hotly contested statewide elections on the 2014 ballot.

Frerichs and Cross Make Their Cases for Treasurer in Their Own Words

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.17.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinoisans are seven weeks away from voting on six statewide government offices, which means they have at least 12 candidates to get to know (plus third-party candidates in some races) and decide whether or not they will vote for them in a short period of time.

First poll of the election cycle to show Quinn ahead of Rauner

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.16.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Until last week, all polls taken after the March 18 primary election showed Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner leading Gov. Pat Quinn, in...

Here's Why You Shouldn't Back a Candidate Just Because He's Gay

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 09.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Do you think it's in the best interest of LGBT people to add another GOP seat to the House of Representatives? Whether you're gay or straight, pro- or anti-LGBT, you couldn't answer that question with anything other than a firm "No!"

Quinn and Rauner Go Head to Head for the First Time

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.10.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

One thing came though loud and clear Tuesday at the Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner debate before the Chicago Tribune editorial board: These two really don't like each other.

Rauner and Quinn: Is neither telling the truth?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.09.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The gloves are off, and both Illinois gubernatorial candidates are leaving nothing out while making their cases to Illinois voters. But does this go-f...

Maura Healey Is a New Voice for Massachusetts

Stephanie Schriock | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Stephanie Schriock

Even though Maura is running in a state where the rights of women and the rights of the LGBT community have seen such great strides, she knows there is still work to do. And rights to protect -- Maura's proven herself; she will safeguard these hard-won protections and will remain vigilant as Massachusetts moves forward and faces new challenges.

Poll Shows the Illinois Treasurer's Race Is Close, but One Candidate Snags a Big Endorsement

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.08.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

This poll is the first from Reboot Illinois to include Libertarian candidate Matthew Skopek. How could his inclusion on the ballot have affected the way voters responded to this poll and how they will vote in November?

Illinois voters think Bruce Rauner is more trustworthy than Pat Quinn

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.05.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

A Reboot Illinois/We Ask America poll earlier this week Republican Bruce Rauner leading Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn by eight points. The numbers were m...

Governor Quinn Has Baghdad Bob Moment During Fracking Protest

Will Reynolds | Posted 08.28.2014 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

Quinn's support for fracking continues to be a problem with environmental voters, particularly downstate, as it undermines his claim to "stand with the people, not the powerful."

The Best Way to Celebrate Women's Equality Day? Register to Vote!

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 08.26.2014 | Women
Elisabeth MacNamara

This week as we celebrate Women's Equality Day, we reflect on the brave suffragists who helped secure the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted...

Republicans Hate Their Own Member of Congress While Democrats Like Theirs

John A. Tures | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
John A. Tures

Democrats surprised pundits by opening up a seven point lead in over Republicans in the generic ballot in a Fox News poll, 46 percent to 39 percent. That's because Democrats like their member of Congress more that Republicans like their own member in the Congress.

When Backing Pro-Gay GOPers Is Actually Something Nefarious

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 09.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Sure, it's great that Paul Singer has helped pass marriage equality in states and raised money for four Republicans who voted for equality with the vast majority of Democrats in New York. But, meanwhile, he is undermining LGBT rights -- and all progressive causes -- by helping opponents of equality win more House races and helping Republicans win control of the Senate.

Are Bruce Rauner's Political Donations an Attempt to Buy Republican Support?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.13.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner has worn his political-newcomer badge with pride, saying it makes him the right person to brin...

Do Recent Polls Really Spell Certain Victory for Bruce Rauner?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.12.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Two polls had Rauner winning by 10 and 14 percentage points, but other polls showed him ahead by only a few percentage points. On the other hand, a different poll had Rauner ahead, leading by 13 points. Why such large margins of differences?

How should you read political polls?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.07.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

It's not just campaign season. It's political polling season. We were hit with a handful last week and the results were quite different. Why? What giv...

Who Are the Top Five Fossil Fools in Illinois Politics?

Will Reynolds | Posted 08.11.2014 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

Illinois may be more famous for imprisoned governors, but as a coal state struggling with its energy future, some of our politicians have wacky things to say about fossil fuels. With the threatened start of fracking plus backlash to EPA proposing new rules on carbon emissions, you can expect more foolishness to come.

Kate Sheppard

Senate Candidate Gary Peters To Kochs: Come At Me, Bros | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics

DETROIT -- Conservative operatives backed by the Koch brothers aren't very big fans of Rep. Gary Peters. But that's OK, because he's not a big fan of ...

The Window Is Open To Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Marcus Bright | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Marcus Bright

The dramatic humanitarian nature of children rushing to the U.S. border has catapulted the issue of immigration back on the national agenda.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Police Summoned After Reporter Crashes Scott Brown Campaign Event | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A reporter says his repeated attempts to ask Scott Brown about the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling led to him being questioned by a p...

Kate Sheppard

She's As Good As A GOP Senator Gets On The Environment. Is That Good Enough? | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Over the course of her career, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has stood apart from most of her GOP colleagues on the issue of the environm...

Forget Eric Cantor. Now We'll See If Republicans Are the Party of Right-Wing Extremist David Brat

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

What's next? Does right-wing radical David Brat speak for Republicans? This is the question that voters in the Virginia 7th congressional district will answer in November.

Mitt Romney Makes Another GOP Primary Endorsement

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics

With a string of successful 2014 GOP primary endorsements already under his belt, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) is stepping out in favor o...

Kate Sheppard

Podesta Says White House Is Ready To Spar Over Power Plant Rules | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- White House senior counselor John Podesta challenged the assumption that new rules on carbon emissions from power plants, which the admi...

Will the Democrats Ever Wake Up?

Charles Redfern | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion
Charles Redfern

Do my party's leaders have the ears to hear? Do they even wonder why GOP refugees don't flock to us? Can they see through their own prejudices, which often slap a Pat Robertson mask on people like me?