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Public Recordings of Police Officers Will Be Legal in Illinois After All

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.16.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

I'm not sure how this caught fire and spread so quickly on Facebook and Twitter, because the whole point of the eavesdropping law revision was to remove language that made it a felony for any citizen to record a law enforcement officer on duty. It was that portion of the eavesdropping law that made it both unconstitutional and absurdly antiquated.

Would the Real Pat Quinn Please Stand Up?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.15.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Please bear with me as I make a long wind-up for a simple pitch. The pitch is: I've always thought Pat Quinn was a pretty decent guy. Honest, sincere, well-meaning and not self-aggrandizing. Lately, though, Quinn has given me reason to wonder.

Illinois and U.S. Politicians Remember Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.12.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

While the identity of her successor remains a mystery, Illinois continues to remember the life and governmental career of state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Recollections came in from prominent political figures, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and even President Obama.

Frustration With Police in Chicago Runs Deeper Than Ferguson, New York Protests

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.11.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Brian T. Murphey, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, says these recent events are only the catalyst for conversations based on larger, deeper frustrations over a long period of time.

Illinois New Eavesdropping Law Is A Terrible Idea

Dan Johnson | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics
Dan Johnson

A major contributing factor to this new era of transparency has been a citizen's right to film the police, upheld by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2012.

How Much Did the Illinois Gubernatorial Candidates Pay for Your Vote?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.14.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The 2014 Illinois governor's race broke all previous records for campaign spending in a statewide race. Both candidates poured millions of dollars into convincing Illinoisans to vote for them.

A series of questions for Illinois' elected officials

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.13.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Do Illinois lawmakers have a clue what it means to balance the state budget? Bill Bergman of Truth in Accounting has a few questions for Illinois' le...

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.

It Doesn't Pay to Be a Fossil-Fuel Democrat on Election Day

Will Reynolds | Posted 11.12.2014 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

Being a fossil-fuel Democrat clearly isn't working anymore. It's not going to get any easier as support for taking action on climate change grows. What should Democrats do now?

All Illinois Democrats Have to Do for Re-Election Is Govern Like Democrats

Will Reynolds | Posted 11.11.2014 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

There's a simple lesson for Illinois Democrats from last Tuesday's election. If you want to get re-elected as a Democrat in Illinois all you have to do is govern like a liberal Democrat.

Some Words of Wisdom for Illinois' New Goveror-elect

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.07.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois' new governor elect, Republican Bruce Rauner, has a lot of work ahead of him to fix the state's economy and get Illinoisans on board with state government again. Though voters chose him to lead the state for the next four years, he won't be able to do it alone.

Did College Football Games Predict Tuesday's Electoral Outcomes?

Glen Browder | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

I would have to give the football/election thesis a passing grade, based on these few cases, regardless of whether you use my statewide speculations or the more precise county analysis of my bold political science friends.

Will the Rauner-Madigan-Cullerton Era Bring Divisive Government to Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.06.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Rauner said that Illinoisans voted for this divide Nov. 4 -- but did we really?

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.

The Irony Of Illinois Election Results Is Hard To Ignore

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

Illinois voters appear to have exercised some cognitive dissonance at the polls Tuesday night. Voters overwhelmingly supported a referendum to rai...

Dems Get the Drubbing They Deserve

Andy Thayer | Posted 11.05.2014 | Chicago
Andy Thayer

We need to use their debacle as a wake-up call to focus on the street activism that produces real change, and not the fake, politicians' "change" of the last six years.

What Does It Mean for Republican Governor Candidate Rauner to Win in Democratic Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.05.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois voters pulled off quite a feat on Tuesday. They overwhelmingly gave their support to raising the minimum wage and imposing a tax on millionaires but also elected a governor who will do everything in his power to make sure neither of those things ever happen.

Mark Blumenthal

Here Are The Governor Races Still Too Close To Call

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics

While the battle for the U.S. Senate has captured attention nationwide, some of this year's closest contests are among the 36 governor's races, nearly...

Voting for the First Time? Check Out These Tips

Reboot Illinois | Posted 10.31.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Were you under the age of 18 last election season? Me too! But don't worry -- you're in good hands. Below is a checklist of all the things first-time voters like you (and I) need to know before hitting the polls.

Last-minute Vote Influences in Illinois's Gubernatorial Election

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.31.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Chicago Sun-Times reporter Dave McKinney resigned from his position as Springfield bureau chief after 19 years this month. He said ownership of the paper succumbed to pressure from the Bruce Rauner campaign over a story it didn't like.

Illinois Governor's Race Pushes Democrats To Dig Deep

AP | SARA BURNETT | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — At first blush, Illinois would seem to be a lock for an incumbent Democratic governor: The population leans left. Democrats control m...

A Movement that Matters

Andrea L. Zopp | Posted 10.30.2014 | Chicago
Andrea L. Zopp

We must be civically engaged. Engagement inspires movement - a movement that matters. Since 1916, the Chicago Urban League has engaged with people to help them find jobs, start businesses and buy homes.

Shaw: Illinois Needs Responsible Voters

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.30.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The 2014 Illinois statewide election is only days away, and the Better Government Association's Andy Shaw wants Illinoisans to think very carefully about their candidate choices before they vote. He says the state needs informed, responsible voters to make Illinois great.

College Football and Tuesday's Elections

Glen Browder | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

Three of my political science colleagues conducted research showing that winning/losing that Saturday game could boost or cost the incumbent party and its gubernatorial candidate an average of 10 percent in the Tuesday election.

The Latino Policy Forum hoped to share candidates' views with Illinois Latinos

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.27.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The Latino Policy Forum is an organization that aims to encourage Latinos to get involved in the political process and helped register thousands of pe...