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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5 ways the world changed since the Cubs' 1908 victory

Oct 24 2016 | 9:57 am - The Cubs haven't won a World Series title since before women could vote in America and construction began on the Titanic. Here a few more things that have changed in the last 108 years.

Rauner meets with bomb technicians, says no imminent threat here

Sep 19 2016 | 10:12 am - Gov. Bruce Rauner said at a gathering of bomb technicians Monday that there are no imminent threats in Illinois following the recent bombings in New York City and New Jersey.

Elgin mental hospital to house more prisoners, fewer civilian patients

Sep 09 2016 | 5:58 pm - Up to 44 prisoners needing significant mental health care will be moved to the Elgin Mental Health Center, while some civilian patients will be relocated to make room, state officials announced Friday.

Is daily fantasy sports betting legal? Fight goes on

Sep 05 2016 | 11:36 pm - The NFL season starts Thursday, but the wrangling over whether it’s legal in Illinois to play increasingly popular daily fantasy sports is far from over. So is it legal for football fans to play daily fantasy sports in Illinois?

Rauner: Political mapping system ‘rigged’

Aug 26 2016 | 3:38 pm - Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday renewed his push for lawmakers to change the way Illinois draws its political boundaries. He made the comments after the Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday rejected an effort to put a question on the November ballot in an...

Rauner says he’ll stay out of Murphy replacement

Aug 26 2016 | 2:52 pm - Gov. Bruce Rauner said Friday he doesn’t plan to get involved in replacing state Sen. Matt Murphy, a Palatine Republican and top ally who announced his resignation earlier this month.

Matt Murphy announces his Senate resignation

Aug 12 2016 | 3:59 pm - Republican state Sen. Matt Murphy of Palatine — a high-profile spokesman for the Illinois Republican agenda and nearly 10-year Senate veteran from the Northwest suburbs — wrote in a letter Friday announcing his upcoming resignation...

Rauner ‘surprised’ by Sen. Matt Murphy resignation

Aug 12 2016 | 11:31 am - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said he was surprised by reports that Republican state Sen. Matt Murphy of Palatine, a top Rauner ally, is resigning from the legislature.

New law named for Elmhurst girl helps with EpiPen training

Aug 05 2016 | 6:06 pm - Gov. Bruce Rauner Friday signed legislation named for a 13-year-old Elmhurst girl who died last year after having a sudden allergic reaction.

Rauner approves laws inspired by College of DuPage severance tumult

Jul 29 2016 | 5:59 pm - Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a handful of new laws Friday inspired in part by the sizable severance package awarded to former College of DuPage President Robert Breuder, ensuring the episode will leave a statewide legacy.

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