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Mike Riopell

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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 tries to cover 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. This includes the Friday Suburban Political Recount column he co-writes with political writer Kerry Lester and their blog of the same name.

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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Amazon to collect Illinois sales tax starting Feb. 1

Jan 23 2015 | 3:09 pm - Online retail giant Amazon will start collecting sales taxes Feb. 1. Before, online outfits like Amazon that had no physical connection to Illinois didn’t have to collect state sales taxes, but shoppers were still supposed to pay the sales...

Obama veto threat targets Kirk plan on Iran

Jan 21 2015 | 5:19 pm - U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, an Highland Park Republican, said he expects the Senate to move forward with a proposal increasing sanctions on Iran desipte President Barack Obama’s threat in Tuesday’s State of the Union Address to veto it.

Local Republican tries to do away with red-light cameras

Jan 22 2015 | 6:01 pm - A suburban Republican wants to do away with the state law that allows red-light cameras to spy on drivers. State Rep. David McSweeney, a Barrington Hills Republican, introduced the legislation following reports that cameras in Chicago didn’t...

Hultgren highlights human trafficking problem with speech guest

Jan 19 2015 | 7:22 pm - U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren will take an advocate that fights human trafficking to Tuesday’s State of the Union Address, and Sen. Dick Durbin will take a veteran injured in Afghanistan in 2010. The guests will join a trio of suburban educators...

Reports: Duckworth will consider Senate run

Jan 19 2015 | 8:13 pm - U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a Hoffman Estates Democrat, is weighing a run for U.S. Senate, reports say. If nominated as the Democrat for the 2016 Senate race, Duckworth would be lined up to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, a Highland Park Republican.

What Bruce Rauner can do without the Legislature

Jan 17 2015 | 11:44 pm - Rauner has tried to promote the idea of bipartisanship in his first week in office. But what will be be able to do alone? Aside from executive orders, he doesn’t have to spend the money lawmakers give him. And he has broad powers to direct his...

Local legislators invite teachers, students to State of the Union

Jan 16 2015 | 7:03 pm - Local Democratic members of Congress are trying to highlight President Barack Obama’s education message with their picks of guests to take to next week’s State of the Union address Tuesday.

Rauner orders posting local government salaries online

Jan 15 2015 | 7:12 pm - Gov. Bruce Rauner Thursday says he’s directing the state to start posting local government employment and salary data online. State Rep. Jack Franks won approval for that measure in 2012, but Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration never...

Suburban faces will change at the Capitol

Jan 14 2015 | 6:35 am - As Gov. Bruce Rauner grapples with the opening days of his administration, most of the changes among the lawmakers he'll work with are on the Republican side of the Illinois House, where a handful of longtime suburban faces are leaving office...

Gaming Board chief on job status: ‘I have no idea’

Jan 14 2015 | 2:52 pm - The flurry of changes Gov. Bruce Rauner is making to state government is causing some confusion about who’s in and who’s out. Asked Wednesday morning if he is still chairman of the Gaming Board, which regulates casinos and video gambling...

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