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New Economic Reports Bolster Quinn Illinois 'Comeback' Claim

David Ormsby | Posted 09.18.2014 | 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 09.12.2014 | 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 09.11.2014 | 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 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."

Guzzardi Undecided Over Mayoral Endorsement

David Ormsby | Posted 08.27.2014 | 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 08.18.2014 | 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 07.30.2014 | 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 07.25.2014 | 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 07.25.2014 | 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.

New Revelations Cast More Doubt on Bruce Rauner's Fitness For Office

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Doug Ibendahl

Veteran Illinois political reporter Kurt Erickson has detailed new bombshell revelations exposing yet more direct links between Bruce Rauner and the mistreatment and deaths of the most vulnerable of Americans.

Immigration Reform Isn't Dead

John Atkinson | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
John Atkinson

There are 11 million people stuck in the shadows today. They are unable to take the risks most of us enjoy when it comes to owning a home, purchasing an automobile, or starting a business due to fear and limited access to capital.

Illinois Police Ticket Quotas Now a Thing of the Past

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Matthew Dietrich

Last week, Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law a measure that bans police departments from setting ticket quotas for their officers, which takes effect immediately for local, county and state police.

Hypocrisy in Illinois Politics

Tio Hardiman | Posted 08.23.2014 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

This is what happens when you give special privileges and entitlements to select politicians. Why take a politician through so much scrutiny to win an office when many politicians deceive the people while in office anyway?

Dan Rutherford Joins Bruce Rauner In Club RICO

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 08.17.2014 | Chicago
Doug Ibendahl

Regardless of how the lawsuit against Dan Rutherford plays out, it's interesting to note that two of the four Republican candidates for governor are now linked to alleged racketeering conduct.

Paul Blumenthal

Billionaire's Campaign Contribution Among Biggest In Recent History

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With a $2.5 million contribution to Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, Chicago-based hedge fund executive Ken Gri...

Why We're Stuck in a Sick and Sickening State in Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.11.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek believes Illinois is a sick state. There's election-year paralysis going around, and she has the examples to back it up.

Rauner's GTCR Settled Racketeering Lawsuit in 2006

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 07.22.2014 | Chicago
Doug Ibendahl

The case was originally filed in state court in Ohio in 2004, but was then moved to federal court.

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Attends Pro-Choice Event, Anti-Abortion Groups Freak Out

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics

A Republican businessman challenging Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) attended an abortion-rights gala Saturday. Unsurprisingly, anti-abortion groups in th...

Illinois Domestic Workers Deserve Protection From Sexual Harassment

Sheerine Alemzadeh | Posted 05.08.2014 | Chicago
Sheerine Alemzadeh

n an industry like domestic work, which is even less regulated, the conditions for harassment are ripe. Domestic workers in Chicago have started to speak out about their experiences, like being groped by clients and subjected to exposure, derogatory language and sexual requests.

Luis Gutierrez Ethics Probe Will Continue

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee says it will not appoint a special panel to investigate allegations that Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez...

Is It Time for Term Limits in Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.30.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

A proposal from Illinois' top two GOP lawmakers to have a constitutional amendment instituting term limits for the executive branch on the November ballot failed to make it out of the Illinois Senate this week.

Trust and Transparency are a Two Way Street

Valerie S. Lies | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact
Valerie S. Lies

The mutual responsibility for ensuring a transparent grants process resides with both the government agency granting the funds and the organizations that receive them. Let's start with the organizations.

Cross, Frerichs Treasurer Contest Cues Up Fierce Clash

David Ormsby | Posted 06.12.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Both the rhetoric and the tactics are heating up in race for State Treasurer, which other than the Governor's race, offers the most potential for drama in Illinois' 2014 campaign season.