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Washington Post Gives Nation a Look at Illinois' 'Family Feud'

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.20.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

I would imagine all of this Democratic in-fighting comes as a big surprise to most Washington Post readers, who know Illinois mainly as a state so blue that presidential candidates don't bother campaigning here.

Could This Be Illinois' First Black Governor?

Posted 08.19.2013 | Chicago

Former CeaseFire director Tio Hardiman is the latest candidate to jump into the 2014 running for Illinois Governor. Having previously promised a "c...

Former Rep. Deb Mell's Replacement Has Long History With Family

Posted 08.13.2013 | Chicago

In a move that practically parodies the insider-y nepotism of Illinois politics, ex-Chicago Ald. Dick Mell's longtime aide, Jaime Andrade Jr., has bee...

Social Media Buzz-Meter: Who's Got More Friends, Followers?

Madison Bondi | Posted 10.06.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

When Bill Daley announced his official entry into the 2014 race for governor on July 30, his press release touted the number of Facebook friends and T...

Movin' on out... of Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics
Reboot Illinois

United Van Lines is one of the largest moving companies in the United States. Each year since 1978, it has reported its annual migration study, whi...

State Pols Will Miss At Least One More Paycheck Amid Pension Inaction

Posted 08.06.2013 | Chicago

Illinois lawmakers hoping for their paychecks to be restored immediately will need continue penny-pinching as a judge on Tuesday set oral arguments in...

My Top Quotes in Illinois

Madison Bondi | Posted 10.01.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

The pension crisis still has no solution, and as each day passes, the Illinois taxpayers are the ones who pay the piper -- literally. It's cost ‪‎taxpayers‬ $21 billion since 2000, and it's only getting worse.

Want To Become Governor Of Illinois? Woo Latinos

Crain's Chicago Business | Martin Torres | Posted 07.31.2013 | Latino Voices

Illinois' list of gubernatorial hopefuls continues to grow as the campaign season for the March 18 primary gains steam. While midterm elections tend t...

Despite higher income tax, state finances continue downward spiral in Illinois!

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.30.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

A bill filed by Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) is intensifying speculation that the 2011 personal and corporate income tax hikes could become permanent. T...

Judge Tosses Bid For Hastened Concealed Carry Law

AP | JIM SUHR | Posted 09.28.2013 | Chicago

ST. LOUIS — Gun-rights advocates who failed to sway a federal judge into letting Illinois residents immediately tote firearms in public under th...

Top 10 Quotes in Illinois Corruption Scandals

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Reboot Illinois

We have all heard of corruption in Illinois, but this list is just a smack in the face to a state that already has very low expectations of State Offi...

My Top Quotes in Illinois

Madison Bondi | Posted 07.23.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

The subject of political corruption is nothing new to Illinois, but the recent accusations of patronage against House Speaker Michael Madigan made by ...

Other states cashing in on Illinois' dysfunction

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Reboot Illinois

An anemic state economy, deadbeat government and lackluster business climate have left some Illinoisans asking themselves, "Could the grass be gree...

Flat income tax? Progressive tax? No state income tax? A nationwide overview

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.18.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The 1970 Illinois constitution states that Illinois' state income tax must be applied with one rate paid by all taxpayers. Illinois is one of nine ...

Is Nepotism Dying in Illinois?

Keith Koeneman | Posted 09.16.2013 | Chicago
Keith Koeneman

There is an upcoming test case which that help to determine whether nepotism is actually dying in Illinois, or if it is poised to come roaring back. This pass/fail test is for Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Senator's Daughter Challenges 'Kooky Old Aunt'

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

The Illinois lieutenant governor is seeking to unseat the Republican state comptroller, who former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) once described as a "kooky...

My Top Quotes in Illinois

Madison Bondi | Posted 09.16.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

Last week Governor Pat Quinn fulfilled his threat to lawmakers that if they did not come up with a proposed solution to the pension crisis, they will ...

Flat income tax? Progressive tax? No state income tax? A nationwide overview

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.14.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The 1970 Illinois constitution states that Illinois' state income tax must be applied with one rate paid by all taxpayers. Illinois is one of nine st...

Blagojevich Lawyers Appeal Corruption Convictions And Sentence

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 09.14.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Rod Blagojevich faces long odds with the appeal of his federal corruption conviction, just as did his predecessor as Illinois governor...

John Celock

Front-Runner Exits Governor's Race

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics

The Illinois attorney general said Monday she won't run for governor next year because her father remains a top state legislator. State Attorney G...

What Do You Get When You Start Searching a Candidate's Name?

Madison Bondi | Posted 09.10.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

You can learn a lot about a candidate with a Google search. But you can learn a lot about what people are wondering about a candidate if you let Googl...

Is The Governor's Move To Freeze Pols' Pay Constitutionall?

Posted 07.11.2013 | Chicago

A day after Illinois Governor Pat Quinn said he would block state lawmakers from being paid in hopes of spurring them into action on pension reform, s...

Gov. Quinn Suspends State Pols' Pay Over Pension Inaction

AP | SARA BURNETT and SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 09.09.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn moved to halt Illinois lawmakers' pay Wednesday, following through on his warning of consequences if they failed to com...

Lawmakers Miss Governor's Deadline For Action On Pensions

Reuters | Posted 09.09.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO, July 9 (Reuters) - Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday missed a deadline set by Governor Pat Quinn to enact pension reform, leaving a bipartisan ...

My Top Quotes in Illinois This Week

Madison Bondi | Posted 09.08.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

While many people relaxed in celebration of the 4th of July holiday, Illinois was buzzing from the recent release of former Governor George Ryan, Bill Daley's endorsement from NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Quinn's partial veto of a concealed carry firearms bill.