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Lessons From Ferguson, Applied in Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.09.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Four years after Illinois' fiasco with former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's impeachment and trial, Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association says the state has learned from the ordeal. Reforms have been implemented to limit conflicts of interest, stop contract abuses and combat a general culture of corruption.

Chicago Pension-Cutting Plan Would Harm City Retirees, Neighborhoods

Henry Bayer | Posted 06.08.2014 | Chicago
Henry Bayer

roponents of the drastic Chicago pension cuts sought by the city have threatened a range of doomsday scenarios if their proposal is not enacted. Rather than the thoughtful, informed discussion this matter deserves, this is the equivalent of shouting "Fire!" in a crowded theater.

New Millionaire Tax Proposed In Illinois

Reuters | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

(Adds comment from Rauner campaign) CHICAGO, March 20 (Reuters) - Illinois' powerful speaker of the House of Representative on Thursda...

Speaker Madigan Pushes Massive Corporate Tax Breaks

Reuters | Posted 04.02.2014 | Chicago

By Karen Pierog CHICAGO, Jan 30 (Reuters) - With big Illinois state income tax increases set to partially expire in 2015, the Democrat...

The Best Illinois GIF Gallery of 2013!

Madison Bondi | Posted 03.17.2014 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

2013 was an exciting, awkward, frustrating, and confusing year in Illinois. Join us as we take a look back at some of the most memorable highlights fr...

2013: Epic Year for Pensions, Corruption and Madigan Family Feuds

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.02.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Finally, some pension crisis action. Politicians dropped like flies. Some of them were Metra-fried. And that's just the start of my year-end look back. Whoa nellie, it was quite a crazy year in reform news and politics.

Madigan, Cullerton Sue Governor Over Vetoing Lawmakers' Pay

Reuters | Posted 09.29.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO, July 30 (Reuters) - The Democratic heads of the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging Governo...

Madigan Ally In Metra Patronage Scandal Was Getting Big Pension

Posted 07.26.2013 | Chicago

It turns out the man at the center of the Metra patronage scandal was receiving a sizable city pension at the same time he asked House Speaker Mike Ma...

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 ...

Where to Begin on Metra Mess -- And Where Will It End?

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 09.21.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

This Metra mess is wrong on so many different levels, it's hard to know where it will end or where to begin.

Ex-Metra CEO Describes Alleged Mike Madigan Pay Deal

AP | JASON KEYSER | Posted 09.16.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A former California transit executive tapped to clean up Chicago's scandal-tarnished Metra commuter rail agency said Wednesday he was ...

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.

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 ...

Sky the limit on campaign funding for 2014 Illinois gov race

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.11.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

SKY'S THE LIMIT? Illinois only recently imposed its first campaign contribution limits. But with Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner likel...

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.

Lisa Madigan's Biggest Campaign Issue? Dad, Apparently

Posted 06.19.2013 | Chicago

When it comes to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's all-but-inevitable run for governor in 2014, her biggest obstacle may not be current Gov. Pa...

Illinois Gay Marriage Supporters Protest At Madigan's Office

Posted 06.16.2013 | Chicago

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy Windy City Times: A hastily organized protest against Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan may have been sparsely a...

LGBT Rights Are Not Inevitable

Andy Thayer | Posted 08.06.2013 | Chicago
Andy Thayer

With the U.S. Supreme Court set to decide on the federal "Defense of Marriage Act" and California's Proposition 8 coming by the end of this month, it's not just Illinoisans who can ill afford to be complacent.

Lawmakers skip the main course, load up on dessert; Byrne: Dems can't govern; IL credit rating: Worst gets worse: Your Reboot Illinois Daily Tip-Off

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.04.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

JUST DESSERTS $71 million to buy a land for a new airport in Peotone. Help for a new DePaul stadium in Chicago. $2 billion in new spending. Our lawmak...

Madigan Pitches Fix For Country's Worst-Funded State Pension System

Reuters | Posted 06.30.2013 | Chicago

By Karen Pierog CHICAGO, April 30 (Reuters) - Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan on Tuesday proposed a comprehensive plan to fix t...

No Deal In State Pension Crisis Talks

Posted 01.06.2013 | Chicago

Despite a hopeful breakthrough in the Illinois pension crisis, legislative leaders ended talks Saturday without a deal. "There's no resolution to...

Illinois Dragging Its Feet On Worst-In-Nation Pension Crisis

AP | SARA BURNETT | Posted 12.30.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Illinois, a state with a reputation for political wheeling and dealing, backroom handshakes and 11th-hour bargains, is dragging its feet on...

Election Winners and Losers in Illinois

Kyle Hillman | Posted 01.09.2013 | Chicago
Kyle Hillman

Elections have consequences and none more so than in Illinois. While the obvious places of change (State House & Senate and Congressional races) became clear throughout Tuesday night, the less obvious is becoming clearer everyday after.

State GOP Sets Up 'Fire Madigan' Web Store

Posted 08.27.2012 | Chicago

Turns out Gov. Pat Quinn might not be the only Illinois Democrat who'd prefer to forget a markedly less-than-stellar showing at the State Fair earlier...

Mike Madigan's 11 Favorite Republicans

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 08.13.2012 | Chicago
Doug Ibendahl

The main reason we need direct elections is accountability. Regardless of who gets on the State Central Committee, at least they will all be accountable to Republican voters in a real election.