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Eliminate 'Lite Gov' Office? Let the People Vote, Says BGA

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.16.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Pat Quinn has sought to cast his race against Bill Daley for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination as a case of the populist who fights for the little guy (Quinn) vs. the "big shot" who has traveled in elite political and business circles.

Who's Connected to Whom and How in the Lawmaker Pay Lawsuit?

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 10.14.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Sometimes you need a flowchart to understand all the connections between public figures in Illinois. That certainly could be useful in the case of the suit filed by Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan against Gov. Pat Quinn.

Quinn's lawmaker salary veto: Playing with fire?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.28.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

SALARY VETO AS STRATEGY This week Illinois lawmakers will miss their first monthly paycheck after Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed their salaries after their fai...

Deb Mell Is a Qualified Candidate Chosen Through a Corrupted Process

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 07.25.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

State Rep and soon-to-be Alderman Deb Mell is, by all accounts, qualified for the job she is about to assume. She seems to have done good work in Spri...

Income tax debate finally taking center stage

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.24.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

When rebootillinois.com launched in November 2012, we knew that an effort to change the Illinois constitution and start a sliding-scale, progressive i...

What's in Illinois' income tax future?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.22.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

TAX TALK Illinois lawmakers face some tough choices about our state income tax. In 2011, they raised the income tax from 3 to 5 percent for four years...

Madigan, Metra and clout culture: "Legal" doesn't mean "correct"

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.21.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

LEGAL VS. RIGHT Whether House Speaker Michael Madigan broke any laws in trying to obtain a raise for a political donor at Metra is all but irrelevant....

Illinois State Rep. Jack Franks Talks About His Stand Against Progressive Taxes

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 09.16.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

As the tax debate has gone historically, most Democrats are for a progressive tax structure in Illinois. All Republicans in the Illinois House and Senate are for keeping the flat rate we currently have. Not all Democrats are for a progressive tax, though.

Journalist Says Dem Gal Pal Was Framed

Joliet Patch | Joseph Hosey | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics

The septuagenarian lover of a 32-year-old Troy Township Democratic committeewoman jailed for an alleged sex date with a teenage boy took another shot ...

Can Democrats Handle Illinois' Budget Reality?

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 07.02.2012 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Facing one of the nation's worst budget crises, the Democrats who run Illinois insist they're serious about overhauling the ...

Schakowsky Slams Romney Before GOP Candidate's Chicago Fundraiser

Posted 12.27.2011 | Chicago

In what Chicago Sun-Times columnist Lynn Sweet calls "a tactic designed to turn off GOP primary voters," Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) sent a letter to...

Senator Endorses Change To Filibuster Rule

Wilmette-Kenilworth-Patch | Steve Sadin | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics

Frustrated with Senate Republicans blocking a majority of 51 senators from passing President Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act, Sen. Richard Durbin (...

Illinois Redistricting: Republican Congressmen Sue Over Dems' Map

Posted 09.26.2011 | Chicago

Following the lead of some of the top Republican members of the Illinois General Assembly, who last week filed suit over the state's redrawn House and...

GOP Sues Over Dem-Drawn Illinois Map

Posted 09.19.2011 | Chicago

Two of the Illinois General Assembly's most powerful Republican legislators filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday that claims the state's newly drawn cong...

Quinn Signs Illinois Redistricting Law, Making Maps Official

Posted 08.24.2011 | Chicago

Illinois governor Pat Quinn signed off Friday on a redistricting proposal that will sharply undercut the state's newly elected Republican congressmen....

GOP: Illinois Redistricting Process 'Rotten To The Core'

Posted 07.31.2011 | Chicago

The Democrat-controlled Illinois Senate approved a new congressional map Tuesday that could erase gains made by Republicans. Following a partisan 34-2...

New Poll Reveals Quinn's Dismal Approval Ratings

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Since his narrow re-election last November, Illinois governor Pat Quinn has signed into law some major legislative undertakings: an increase of the in...

Kirk Gets Money Boost From Rove As Clinton Heads To Chicago For Alexi

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — In the final days before the Nov. 2 election, Democrats and Republicans are leaning on party heavyweights, energizing their bases and ...

Illinois Democrats Pick Up The Pace On Campaign Trail

AP | KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — With 10 days go to until the election, Illinois candidates picked up the pace on the campaign trail Saturday, trying to round up suppo...

ONE MORE TIME WITH FEELING: Obama Coming Back To Chicago For Dem Rally

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will make a final push for Democrats the weekend before Election Day with campaign stops in four cities. Ob...

Joe Biden Stumps For Pat Quinn In Chicago

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI and SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Even in this Democratic-leaning home state of President Barack Obama, the White House isn't taking anything for granted with an electi...

Melissa Bean Concedes To Tea Party Favorite Joe Walsh

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATED 1:51 p.m. CT Two weeks after the midterm elections, Republicans have scored another win. Illinois Democrat Melissa Bean conceded to Tea Part...

Judging Iowa: Gay Rights, Good Law, and Why the Election Results Don't Really Matter

Will Guzzardi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Guzzardi

Good public servants lost their jobs for taking an unpopular stand for fairness. But the parallel goes one step further: the election results, while they might sting, don't really matter. Fairness has already won.

Melissa Bean Hanging On In 8th District As Absentee Ballots Narrow Gap

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Though Republican Joe Walsh has already declared victory in llinois' 8th Congressional District, absentee ballots have helped Democrat Melissa Bean's ...

Blagojevich Drama A Campaign Distraction For Illinois Democrats

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI and CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Alexi Giannoulias had planned to talk jobs. The Democrat in a tight race for President Barack Obama's former Senate seat wan...