Mick Dumke of the Chicago Reader
July 27, 2015

How Public Should The Governor’s Schedule Be?

Governor Bruce Rauner campaigned on a message of transparency. But now his lawyers are fighting attempts to disclose who he's meeting with -- sections of his schedule have been blocked.

Chicago Reader senior journalist Mick Dumke  would know -- he's tried to access that information.

5th district appellate court building
"5th District Appellate Court" by Robert Lawton - Self-photographed. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons
July 24, 2015

Court: Illinois Employees Should Be Paid During Budget Standoff

An Illinois appellate court has upheld a county judge's decision that state employees should get full pay even during the state's budget crisis. 

In this March 15, 2012 file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich waves as he departs his Chicago home for Littleton, Colo., to begin his 14-year prison sentence on corruption charges.
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
July 21, 2015

Court Overturns Some Blagojevich Convictions

An appeals court Tuesday threw out five of the twelve counts against the former governor.  It's not immediately clear whether it means it will reduce his 14 year sentence.

A storm hovers over an Illinois rural landscape on May 29, 2015. Extreme weather is likely to become more common in the Midwest under climate change conditions, according researchers and federal reports.
Photo by Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
July 21, 2015

GMOs, Monsanto And The Fight Against Climate Change

A Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting analysis of the USDA data found that Monsanto has been responsible for introducing 37 different genetically engineered seeds approved by the USDA. That number is about one-third of all USDA-approved GMOs. Most of those approved seeds have been for corn, soybean and cotton.

Governor Bruce Rauner at a press conference.
(Photo: Brian Mackey WUIS/Illinois Issues)
July 16, 2015

Illinois Issues: The Governor’s Money

In what appears to be a fundamentally new strategy in the use of campaign cash in Illinois, the state’s new Republican governor in May doled out $400,000 in a single day from his main campaign committee, giving to all 67 Republicans in both chambers of the legislature.

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