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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.

How Does Illinois' Income Tax Compare to the Rest of the Country?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.06.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The Illinois income tax has been a topic of hot debate in the 2014 governor's race. Currently, Illinoisans must give 5 percent of their income to the ...

Illinois Rejects Fracking Sacrifice Zones in Latest Victory

Will Reynolds | Posted 07.29.2014 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

This victory is the first time Illinois environmentalists worked together on fracking since four Chicago-based organizations chose to support a flawed regulatory bill over the loud objection of people in potentially impacted regions.

Illinois Infrastructure: Getting Our Water Systems Up to Snuff Amidst the Climate Crush

Henry Henderson | Posted 07.09.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Across the nation, states have about $110 billion in capital available through similar water infrastructure funds, which are supported by annual federal and state appropriations. As climate impacts worsen, they are going to need to tap that cash.

How Much Fracking Will Remain Unregulated in Illinois?

Will Reynolds | Posted 06.30.2014 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

Opposition to fracking in southern Illinois continues as people learn more about the inadequacy of a law that was written behind closed doors and rushed through the legislature with very little public scrutiny.

Springfield's Gift to Chicago: Step One of Pension Reform, or an Election Year Headache?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.09.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's pension bill finally got passed through the General Assembly after some property tax language was stripped from the bill.

Illinois Supreme Court Gets it Right on Juvenile Life Sentences: Now, the Legislature Ought to Act

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 05.20.2014 | Chicago
Jeanne Bishop

The Illinois Supreme Court got it right today when it ruled that juveniles are eligible for new sentences.

Will Illinois Ban Fracking After Disaster Strikes Or Before?

Will Reynolds | Posted 03.16.2014 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

An Illinois ban on fracking is inevitable. The question is whether it will happen before or after a major fracking disaster.

Governor's Budget Projections Mean Huge Cuts for Kids

Emily J. Miller | Posted 03.11.2014 | Chicago
Emily J. Miller

While Illinoisians rang in the New Year with family and friends, a little-noticed new forecast released by the Governor's Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) on the first of the year leaves no room for celebration.

Mandatory Minimums Will Not Solve Chicago's Epidemic of Gun Violence

John Maki | Posted 12.14.2013 | Chicago
John Maki

The question the public and lawmakers need to address is who would you rather meet on the streets of Chicago?

Daley on Exit: I Could Have Won, That's Why I Quit

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.18.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Bill Daley offered a unique excuse Tuesday for why he had abandoned his bid for governor the previous day: He was confident he'd win. And he realized that, at 65, he wasn't prepared for the 5- to 9-year commitment winning the governorship would entail.

State Rep. Jack Franks: Maybe Clifford Broke the Law?

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 10.19.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Ex-Metra CEO Alex Clifford might have had a duty to report to authorities the pressure he felt from House Speaker Michael Madigan and others to promote and hire certain workers. Madigan writes laws and doesn't break them.

Income tax debate takes center stage

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.24.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

SPOTLIGHT ON INCOME TAX Jan. 1, 2015, is D-Day for Illinois' income tax. That's when most of the 2011 temporary income tax increase expires, dropping ...

Campaign 2014: Bill Brady is in again; Quinn to Illinois: I'll veto weak pension bill; Prediction: Lisa won't run

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.25.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

BRADY IS IN... AGAIN State Sen. Bill Brady lost one of the closest races for governor in history in 2010: He was defeated by fewer than 32,000 votes, ...

Daley takes on L. Madigan, Quinn

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.18.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

MEET THE PRESS Gubernatorial candidate Bill Daley ripped his two probable competitors Monday for their failures in the state's crippling pension crisi...

Madigan to Goudie: Eat My Gravel!

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.12.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

ABC 7 Chicago investigative reporter Chuck Goudie caught up with House Speaker Michael Madigan last week, sort of. Madigan didn't share any thoughts o...

Citizens are sounding off, with a vengeance

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.05.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Since legislators ended their spring session Friday night with little significant to show for it other than fracking regulations and the concealed...

Springfield failure: Who's to blame? IL shrinks on cartoonist Stantis' business map; Rutherford's Mansion plan

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.03.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

THE BIG FAIL Who is to blame for last week's epic collapse in the Illinois General Assembly? Certainly there was some ego involved, as the two top D...

Illinois State Cable Bill Passes with Mixed Results

Barbara Popovic | Posted 08.03.2013 | Chicago
Barbara Popovic

Illinois' cable franchise law renewal was in the mash up of bills hitting the floor during the final week of the session in Springfield. Both the House and Senate voted to approve a two-year extension of the amended Cable and Video Competition Act (the Illinois Cable Act) to July of 2015.

Numbers stacking up big for Madigan's pension bill

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.29.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

We covered the background of Illinois' budget- and state economy-crushing pension crisis in our last post, but with the Illinois General Assembly scheduled to adjourn at the end of Friday, things are changing quickly.

'Puppy Lemon Law' Advanced By Illinois House

Posted 05.28.2013 | Chicago

Pet owners who unknowingly purchase a sick dog or cat would have new consumer protection measures on their side under a new bill that was approved by ...

Illinois Fracking Update

Henry Henderson | Posted 07.21.2013 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

With almost no laws in place to protect the public from the known -- and very scary -- dangers associated with the controversial oil and gas extraction technology, communities across Illinois are in harm's way.

Sam Stein

State Lawmakers Demand Answers From Obama On IRS Scandal

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The controversy surrounding the IRS' targeting of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status is, if nothing else, an easy target...

State-Run Health Insurance Marketplace: Why AFC Opposes HB 3227

David Ernesto Munar | Posted 07.17.2013 | Chicago
David Ernesto Munar

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) recently made the difficult decision to oppose legislation that creates a state-federal partnership for operating Illinois' health insurance marketplace. We base this decision on the poor consumer protections in the bill.

Advocates Say Put the Public First in Illinois Cable Law

Barbara Popovic | Posted 07.13.2013 | Chicago
Barbara Popovic

The proposal seeks preferential treatment from the legislature, creates an unlevel playing field with other statewide and local franchise holders, erodes municipal authority, and cuts funding and channels for public use.