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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Video gambling group leader could lose license to run machines

Feb 05 2016 | 5:42 pm - The president of a statewide group of video gambling machine operators faces having his own license to run the machines revoked.

Santorum departure reunites couple in Rubio camp

Feb 04 2016 | 5:58 pm - Republican Rick Santorum’s exit from the presidential race this week disappoints Kathy Salvi of Mundelein, a former Republican candidate for Congress who attended Carmel Catholic High School with Santorum. But it’s put her in the same...

Local campaigners say lessons from Iowa will help here

Feb 03 2016 | 7:00 am - Ted Cruz name-checked a local volunteer in his victory speech Monday night in Iowa, where many from Illinois were campaigning until the last minute. Lessons learned there will help in the run-up to Illinois’ March 15 primary, several said.

Zopp criticizes Duckworth over Iran deal

Feb 02 2016 | 7:08 pm - Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Andrea Zopp challenged opponent Tammy Duckworth Tuesday over last year’s Iran nuclear deal, arguing the Hoffman Estates congresswoman should have announced her support far sooner.

Where are the big-money suburban races for Congress?

Feb 01 2016 | 5:55 pm - Financial reports are in for candidates for Congress. Here’s who raised the most among suburban candidates, starting with the expensive 10th District race.

Springfield budget fight has student rethinking political career

Jan 29 2016 | 9:39 am - Western Illinois University student body President Wil Gradle of St. Charles, who traveled to Springfield this week as a guest of Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs, says his up-close look at state government this year might have changed his mind...

Obama plans Springfield speech as Democrats, Rauner war

Jan 29 2016 | 1:43 pm - President Barack Obama is scheduled to talk to state lawmakers at the Illinois Capitol next month.

Former Illinois Senate President Philip Rock dies

Jan 29 2016 | 6:21 pm - Philip Rock, an Oak Park Democrat who led the Illinois Senate as its president during his 22 years in Springfield, died early Friday.

Rauner: Help poor schools but don’t cut from others

Jan 27 2016 | 7:35 pm - Mired in a budget feud that has dominated his first year in office, Gov. Bruce Rauner sought in his State of the State address to use an ongoing push to change public school funding as a way to find common ground with Democrats.

Rauner to highlight efficiencies in State of the State speech

Jan 27 2016 | 4:55 am - How to watch, what to know about Gov. Bruce Rauner’s State of the State address, scheduled for noon Wednesday.

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