The 2014 Illinois governor's race has been one of the most fiercely fought in recent memory. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner have both tried to convince voters that the other is the worst thing that could happen to the state. The negativity is enough to make you want to stay away from the poll all together. But Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek reminds us why it's still important to vote, even when we might not want to.
1. One of these men will be the next governor. To achieve anything, the winner will have to figure out a way to work with House Speaker Michael Madigan, as well as Illinois Senate President John Cullerton.
2. This election isn't just about Rauner's or Quinn's future. It's about ours. We each have a lot at stake.
3. Got children or grandchildren? The next governor will have significant say in how our schools get funded, and therefore, how we help our children. That will play out in every grade and high school. It also will affect what happens with tuition and fees at our colleges.
See six more reasons at Reboot Illinois.
Speaking of negative news in Illinois: From 1988 to 2012, Dixon, Ill. Treasurer and Comptroller Rita Dixon embezzled more than $50 million from the city. How did she pull that off for so long without anyone noticing? For one, she had no accountants on her staff. Secondly, she set up a fake bank account. Thirdly, no one was closely looking over they city's capital asset records. Business expert Nancy Mathieson explains the rest at Reboot Illinois.