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5 Things You Need to Know About Illinois New Eavesdropping Law

Dan Johnson | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Dan Johnson

There has been a flurry of information about SB 1342, a pending rewrite of Illinois eavesdropping statutes. Some say it will punish ordinary citizens who record the police. Here's what you need to know about SB 1342 as it awaits the governor's signature.

Remembering One Of The Gay Rights Movement's Most Exuberant GOP Supporters

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 12.11.2014 | Gay Voices

As Illinois continues to mourn the passing of comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, one of the state’s most universally admired elected officials, a key fa...

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.

Profile in Cowardice: Senator Don Harmon Fracks Illinois

Will Reynolds | Posted 11.13.2014 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

The Illinois fracking law was negotiated by lobbyists behind closed doors with no southern Illinois environmentalists invited. The rules were finished the same way, but this time even the pro-regulation statehouse green groups were shut outside.

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.

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.

Where Character Counts, Win With Illinois Gov. Patrick Quinn

Lonna Saunders | Posted 10.29.2014 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

Even in law school, Pat Quinn was concerned about those "living from paycheck to paycheck." Families who can't afford to miss a paycheck to make the mortgage or rent payment, put food on the table, keep the lights on, the home fires burning. And he never stopped reminding us of this.

Congressional Candidate Jokes About His Dog Killing

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics

The Illinois congressional candidate who once killed a beagle that bit his daughter is not happy the story resurfaced after all these years, but he wa...

Plutocrat (The Ballad of Bruce Rauner)

Matt Farmer | Posted 10.23.2014 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

What do you give a guy who owns nine homes, made $60 million last year and wants to be governor of Illinois? I decided to give him the gift of music.

Bill Clinton Stumps For Illinois Governor, Dick Durbin In Chicago

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) -- Former President Bill Clinton became the latest high-profile Democrat to back the re-election bids of Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dic...

Newspaper Reverses No-Endorsement Policy To Endorse Ex-Stakeholder

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics

A major newspaper's decision to issue its first political endorsement in three years -- for a candidate who previously owned a stake in its parent com...

Koch-Backed Group Ramps Up Intervention In Tight Governor's Race

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics

With less than three weeks to go before voters head to the polls in one of the nation's most contentious gubernatorial races, a conservative advocacy ...

Food Stamp Enrollment Underscores Illinois Jobs Crisis

Hilary Gowins | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Hilary Gowins

In Illinois, people are more likely to end up on food stamps than they are to find a job. Nearly five years since the end of the Great Recession, Illinois is lagging behind the rest of the Midwest in job creation, creating an environment where opportunity and hope for a better future seem out of reach for those who are down on their luck.

Millennial Engagement in Midterm Elections Matters, and Here's Why

Eve Rips | Posted 11.25.2014 | Chicago
Eve Rips

This summer marks the first time that young adults like me across Illinois, who are often engaged but not always united, are putting our heads together to debate a better, more comprehensive state agenda for our peers.

New Economic Reports Bolster Quinn Illinois 'Comeback' Claim

David Ormsby | Posted 11.18.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

A new Illinois jobs report has just improved Governor Pat Quinn's chances of keeping his. The Illinois unemployment rate fell in August for the sixth...

Illinois Green Groups Push to Stop Fracking With All Eyes on JCAR

Will Reynolds | Posted 11.12.2014 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

The second draft of Illinois' controversial fracking regulation has been presented to JCAR, the state legislature's Joint Committee for Administrative Rules. The powerful group of twelve legislators will give final approval, or rejection, of the updated rules.

Illinois GOP Senator Fundraising Off Possibility Michelle Obama Could Challenge Him

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics

Though First Lady Michelle Obama will almost certainly not be running for the U.S. Senate in 2016, that doesn't mean a Republican senator up for re-el...

'Big Bang' Budget Bad for Illinois

Emily J. Miller | Posted 11.11.2014 | Chicago
Emily J. Miller

In a recent editorial, the Wall Street Journal wrote a disastrous economic prescription for Illinois, one that calls for a "big bang" of the sort that has blown up Kansas' budget and turned that state into a poster child for reckless and short-sighted financial management.

Governor Quinn Has Baghdad Bob Moment During Fracking Protest

Will Reynolds | Posted 10.28.2014 | 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."

Guzzardi Undecided Over Mayoral Endorsement

David Ormsby | Posted 10.27.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

State Rep-elect Will Guzzardi, who has quickly emerged as a progressive rock star for clobbering State Rep. Toni Berrios in the March Democratic prima...

Watch: Did Pat Quinn or Bruce Rauner Do Better at the Illinois State Fair?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.18.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Did Gov. Pat Quinn or his Republican challenger Bruce Rauner have the better Illinois State Fair? That was the topic last Friday as Reboot Illinois an...

Gubernatorial Candidate Steps Back From Government Shutdown Threat

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics

Shortly after video surfaced of Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner (R) stating that he is open to shutting down the state government in ord...

Climate Change Lawsuits Could Again Haunt Illinois Cities

David Ormsby | Posted 09.28.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Farmers Insurance may have withdrawn its recent climate change lawsuit against 98 local Illinois governments, but anxiety over future suits is simmeri...

Internal Memo Exposes Holes In Bruce Rauner's Nursing Home Narrative

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
Doug Ibendahl

We still have no idea how much cash Rauner might have personally harvested from the nursing-home business before things went belly-up. But one thing is certain: Bruce Rauner owes the people of Illinois some honest answers for a change.

New Illinois Taxi Industry PAC Flexes Muscle in Uber Battle

David Ormsby | Posted 09.24.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

The taxi industry feels secure that it can hold its veto-proof majority in the event that Governor Pat Quinn vetoes in the coming days or weeks legislation, HB 4075, that regulates rideshare firms.