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The Epic Illinois Treasurer's Race Finally Comes to a Close

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.19.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

With the count of absentee and provisional ballots the lead switched from Republican Tom Cross by a few hundred votes to Democrat Michael Frerichs by a few thousand votes in a day. Cross condeded to Frerichs Wednesday.

The Illinois Treasurer's Race Could Become the Closest in State History

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.12.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

For pre-1998 elections, the only way to compare closeness in statewide elections -- state constitutional offices and U.S. Senate -- is to sift through paper records.

Illinois Treasurer's Race Is Still Too Close to Call

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.10.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

As of Sunday night, unofficial counts in the Illinois state treasurer's race had Republican Tom Cross leading Democrat Mike Frerichs by 646 votes. You read that correctly.

Reboot Illinois Polls Offer Insights Into 2014 State Races

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.08.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Democratic state Sen. Michael Frerichs is trailing behind Republican state Rep. Tom Cross in the Illinois treasurer's race by only 1 percentage point in a new Reboot Illinois/We Ask America poll. In three previous Reboot Illinois polls, Frerichs was behind Cross by 7, 11 and 6 percentage points.

Biggest Illinois Treasurer's Race Campaign Contributors

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.18.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The Illinois treasurer's race might not be the most exciting or talked about in the state, but it's one of the most hotly contested statewide elections on the 2014 ballot.

Frerichs and Cross Make Their Cases for Treasurer in Their Own Words

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.17.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinoisans are seven weeks away from voting on six statewide government offices, which means they have at least 12 candidates to get to know (plus third-party candidates in some races) and decide whether or not they will vote for them in a short period of time.

Poll Shows the Illinois Treasurer's Race Is Close, but One Candidate Snags a Big Endorsement

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.08.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

This poll is the first from Reboot Illinois to include Libertarian candidate Matthew Skopek. How could his inclusion on the ballot have affected the way voters responded to this poll and how they will vote in November?

Exclusive Reboot Illinois Poll: Who's Leading in the Race to Replace Dan Rutherford?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.19.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

With Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford running unsuccessfully for governor, the treasurer's race in Illinois is the only statewide race this year without an incumbent running.

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.

Republicans Who Backed Gay Marriage Targeted By Attack Ads

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

The three Republican state representatives who strayed from the party line to vote in favor of same-sex marriage last year are now fighting for their ...

Time to Vote! Need a Cheat Sheet? Introducing Scorecards for Gov, Senate, Treasurer

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.12.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Uh oh. Have you checked the calendar lately? Yup, it's bad. Primary Election Day is next week and if you care about your home and our government, you really need to get involved, do some studying and vote.

Daley on Exit: I Could Have Won, That's Why I Quit

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.18.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Bill Daley offered a unique excuse Tuesday for why he had abandoned his bid for governor the previous day: He was confident he'd win. And he realized that, at 65, he wasn't prepared for the 5- to 9-year commitment winning the governorship would entail.

Quinn's lawmaker salary veto: Playing with fire?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.28.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

SALARY VETO AS STRATEGY This week Illinois lawmakers will miss their first monthly paycheck after Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed their salaries after their fai...

Daley takes on L. Madigan, Quinn

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.18.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

MEET THE PRESS Gubernatorial candidate Bill Daley ripped his two probable competitors Monday for their failures in the state's crippling pension crisi...

Two very different approaches to solving Illinois' pension crisis

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.24.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

In the final two weeks of the 2013 spring legislative session, lawmakers are weighing two bills that address what is arguably the greatest financial crisis in state history.

Are These Republicans Nuts?

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 01.20.2013 | Chicago
Doug Ibendahl

Apparently some Illinois Republicans didn't get the memo. Two weeks ago women went to the polls and sent a message that the GOP has a major problem. So now some Republicans are targeting a female GOP leader and no one else.

Illinois GOP Chair Pat Brady and Crew Must Resign

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 01.08.2013 | Chicago
Doug Ibendahl

The Illinois Republican Party officially imploded this week. The Chicago Sun-Times calls it a "bloodbath." That's putting it mildly.

State Pension Reform Stalls, Lawmakers OK Gambling & Strip Club Tax Bills

Posted 06.01.2012 | Chicago

In the final day of their spring legislative session, Illinois state lawmakers approved a state budget plan and sent gambling expansion and strip club...

WATCH: State Lawmaker Erupts Into Tirade During Pension Debate

Posted 05.30.2012 | Chicago

A Republican Illinois state lawmaker on Tuesday screamed and threw papers into the air while decrying the state's Democrat-led pension reform bill tha...

Gov. Quinn Urges Delayed Retirement, Upped Worker Contributions

Posted 04.21.2012 | Chicago

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday introduced his plan to address the state's growing pension crisis by cutting costs and -- the governor proposed -- d...

Why the Illinois GOP Has Republicans Worried Nationally

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 06.16.2012 | Chicago
Doug Ibendahl

When two of your top party officials think the biggest problem with the Republican Party is that Republicans are participating too much, you can probably expect big problems.

State Owes $8.5 Billion In Overdue Bills

Posted 01.20.2012 | Chicago

Republican Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka this week delivered more troubling, if not surprising, news concerning the state's financial health....

State GOP Leaders 'Celebrate' Tax Hike Anniversary

Posted 01.12.2012 | Chicago

Leading Illinois Republicans on Thursday lashed out against the state's income tax hike as a "failure" one year to the day after it was approved by Go...

Illinois Move-Out Rate Among Nation's Highest

Posted 12.23.2011 | Chicago

Data released this week by United Van Lines, a moving company, reports that Illinois and New Jersey tied for the highest number of customers who were ...

State Lawmakers Aim For More Corporate Tax Cuts

Posted 12.15.2011 | Chicago

Illinois House Republican leaders on Wednesday introduced a proposal that would roll back the corporate income tax hike that state Democratic leadersh...