Mike Riopell

Political Editor
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Mike Riopell is the Daily Herald's political editor, working out of the Capitol Complex in Springfield. He started there the day after Election Day 2010 after several years reporting on politics and government for several downstate newspapers. Earlier, he worked in the Daily Herald's Lake County bureau.

Riopell covers the machinations of state government and politics from a suburban perspective, focusing on local politicians and policy that has a big impact in the suburbs.

He particularly enjoys stories that take data the state keeps - from gambling revenues to food stamps usage and child support delinquency - to reveal changes to life in the suburbs.

He has a master's degree in public affairs reporting that he earned partly via an internship in the Daily Herald's Statehouse bureau in 2005.

Riopell lives in Springfield with his wife and daughter, and enjoys haphazard attempts at home repair, being outside and cycling, particularly his bicycle commutes to work at the Capitol Complex.

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Riopell: Dold says 2016 will be different, better year for him than 2012

Sep 04 2015 | 12:11 am - U.S. Rep. Bob Dold is up for re-election in a presidential just like 2012, when the Kenilworth Republican lost after his freshman term in Congress. But he argues 2016 will be different.

Suburban Democrats say they wouldn’t be swayed on Rauner veto

Sep 03 2015 | 7:22 pm - Two suburban Democrats disagree with House Speaker Michael Madigan’s suggestion that his party would have fallen in line to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of controversial union legislation if a Chicago lawmaker had shown up to the...

Gliniewicz recognized by state officials

Sep 02 2015 | 11:54 am - State lawmakers in Springfield held a moment of silence for slain Fox Lake Lt. Joseph Gliniewicz today as the search for suspects in the killing continues.

Lawmakers back heroin legislation, override Rauner veto

Sep 02 2015 | 5:48 pm - Democratic and Republican lawmakers joined in a vote to stick with their version of a plan meant to prevent heroin overdose deaths, dealing a big blow to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s attempt to rewrite the legislation so it would be less costly.

Four questions about the week’s big heroin vote answered

Sep 01 2015 | 12:48 pm - Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a sweeping anti-heroin proposal could be considered by state lawmakers as early as Wednesday. Here are some answers to key questions about what’s happening this week.

Lawmaker: Pray for Fox Lake police

Sep 01 2015 | 12:30 pm - State Rep. Barbara Wheeler, who represents Fox Lake, urged calm as police track three suspects related to the shooting of a Fox Lake police officer today. "Pray for the officer’s family and the other officers in harms way right now," she...

Big Illinois lottery winners won’t get paid til budget stalemate ends

Aug 28 2015 | 12:13 pm - Some Illinois Lottery winners are among those who won’t get paid until Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers approve a state budget that was due July 1.

Grants to help Lombard, Schaumburg convention centers pursue shows

Aug 28 2015 | 5:39 pm - Schaumburg and Lombard are expected to be among the beneficiaries of a bill signed into law by Gov. Rauner Thursday that refunds midsize convention centers up to 80 percent of their hotel taxes in order for them to fund the pursuit of currently...

New law curbs lame-duck appointments

Aug 28 2015 | 12:51 pm - A new law will try to prevent future lame-duck appointments by departing governors like the naming of former Gov. Pat Quinn’s top aide to a state agency late last year.

Suburban Democrats key in Rauner vs. unions battle

Aug 27 2015 | 7:39 pm - Lawmakers have set up a potential showdown with Gov. Bruce Rauner next week over a proposal he's called a “direct frontal assault on the taxpayers of Illinois.” Suburban Democrats could be key to who wins.

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