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Eye roll: Madigan's claim Rauner is "operating in the extreme"

Two things have had my eyes rolling as Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan conduct their extended stare-down over the state budget. One is Madigan's oft-repeated claim that Rauner is "operating in the extreme" on theShow More Summary

State Rep. Batinick: Our biggest problem is not pensions or the budget

Reboot Illinois is talking to 22 new Illinois legislators about what they hope to accomplish during their time in office, what they love about Illinois and what kinds of things they do when not making new laws. Here is an edited version of our conversation with Rep. Show More Summary

Point/counter-point: Unions in Illinois

Michael Lucci, director of jobs and growth at the Illinois Policy Institute and Frank Manzo, the policy director of the Illinois Economic Policy Institute wrote about their thoughts on unions, workers, manufacturing and construction in Illinois at Reboot Illinois. Show More Summary

Can we Celebrate the Blackhawks Without the Air Horns, Please?

On Monday night, the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup at home for the first time in 77 years. Some sources say that the team's win was fueled by the determination to give sports reporters the chance to write articles with headlines...Show More Summary

What Budget Crisis? The Truth About Illinois State Revenue

Illinois working families already pay their fair share. Big banks, large corporations and the wealthy, however, continue to pay less and less to support the infrastructure that our state needs to thrive. The result? The lives of hundreds...Show More Summary

Cycle Naked -- Your Brain Will Thank You

I took up cycling several years ago after reading multiple scientific studies concluding that the simple act of repetitive clockwise leg movement while hunched over and struggling to breathe (my definition of cycling) improves memory and concentration while reducing stress and anxiety. Show More Summary

5 Madigan/Cullerton Quotes About Budget Talks

In the efforts to come to a budget agreement in Springfield by July 1, an unusual but unsurprising pattern has developed in the deadlocked talks. It goes like this: Gov. Bruce Rauner, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President...Show More Summary

After Rauner's ad blitz, Madigan and Cullerton respond

After Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's TV ad campaign began Monday, casting House Speaker Michael Madigan and other legislative Democrats as the reason that a budget deal has not yet been reached, Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton reacted. Show More Summary

The Things I Miss Most About My Dad This Father's Day

Father's Day is coming. Like it or not. This will be my tenth unhappy fatherless day. As the big day approaches I can't help but think of all of the things my dad was to me. And I can't help but think of the things I miss most aboutShow More Summary

Rauner's anti-madigan media blitz begins

Gov. Bruce Rauner has begun airing TV ads across Illinois that attack House Speaker Michael Madigan and legislative Democrats as anti-reform and pro-tax. The first 30-second spot began appearing this week on TV stations and cable channels...Show More Summary

Which Illinois Counties Have The Most Concealed Carry Permits?

Illinois became the last state in the union to legalized the carrying of concealed weapons nearly two years ago. The Illinois State Police began issuing concealed carry licenses to residents in the spring of 2014. The Illinois StateShow More Summary

Chicago River Runs Backwards: A Climate Change Reminder for Senator Kirk

A series of storms swept through Chicago yesterday, with violent monsoons hitting hard during the evening rush hour. By 6:40 p.m., the Chicago River had had enough. It was filled to the brim as the region's dilapidated combined sewer system funneled much of the rainy onslaught into its banks. Show More Summary

What Do You Call White Rioters? Anything But Thugs

The day after the first night of the Baltimore uprising following the death of Freddie Gray, ABC News used the word "thug" almost 800 times. It was no rare occasion. "Thug" was thrown around in the media after the demonstrations in Ferguson and New York. Show More Summary

Rauner says Illinois will see spending consequences if budget not passed

The Illinois General Assembly hasn't yet agreed on a balanced budget for fiscal year 2016. Mark Fitton of the Illinois News Network reports on what Gov. Bruce Rauner says will happen to programs such as Amtrak and the World Shooting Complex if lawmakers can't get a plan together: SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Show More Summary

5 Illinois Counties With Huge On-Average Tax Deductions

Every Illinoisans is on the hook for three percent of their income going to state income taxes, according to the state tax code. Their federal taxes, however, likely will vary, and municipalities throughout the state levy their own local taxes on different things and at different levels. Show More Summary

Chicago's 7 Best Alfresco Dining Spots

We love dining alfresco, but there's something sorta gross about eating your salade Ni├žoise in the middle of a busy street. Our favorite patios in the city are these quiet, secluded ones with plenty of trees and twinkling lights. Gold...Show More Summary

Audio: "Bro with no ho" and 4 other Sen. Mark Kirk blunders

Though his "bro with no ho" comment is the most recent uncomfortable remark made by Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk from Illinois, the lawmaker is no stranger to political gaffes. A live microphone picked up the comment about U.S. Sen. Show More Summary

Political Corruption in Illinois

Illinois has a long history of politicians going to jail. It appears that corruption is a learned behavior passed down from one politician to the other, or maybe power sometimes corrupts people. However, there is no excuse for the bad decisions that politicians make when it comes to serving the people versus themselves. Show More Summary

"Business as Usual" for Cook County Prosecution of Marijuana

CHICAGO--In April, Cook County state's attorney Anita Alvarez announced a new policy that received national attention - her office would no longer prosecute people arrested for possessing small amounts of marijuana. In addition, people...Show More Summary

Chicagoland's Arts and Culture Brings the Vibrancy -- and Money, Too!

This article has been co-written with Michelle T. Boone, Commissioner with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Deplaning at Chicago's O'Hare, it's easy to daydream of the world-famous art that awaits: the gleaming,...Show More Summary

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