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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Will questions about auditor affect College of DuPage probe?

May 05 2016 | 8:16 pm - A suburban Republican lawmaker cast doubt on a high-profile, ongoing audit into the College of DuPage’s operations because of the campaign spending questions dogging Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino.

Rauner won’t endorse Trump, skipping GOP National Convention

May 05 2016 | 8:21 pm - Gov. Bruce Rauner won’t endorse Republican Donald Trump for president and will skip the party’s summer convention, despite saying after Illinois’ primary he’d back the businessman if he was the GOP nominee.

Will Republican candidates in Illinois embrace Trump?

May 04 2016 | 8:08 pm - With Donald Trump their presumptive nominee for president, Illinois Republicans face running on the same ballot as the controversial candidate. Some seek to distance themselves from him while others say he’s the choice of GOP voters and...

Lawmaker: Plan to abolish lieutenant governor ‘hijacked’

May 03 2016 | 1:06 pm - A suburban Republican lawmaker’s proposal to eliminate Illinois’ lieutenant governor job is dead, and he says a former candidate for governor “hijacked” it.

Anti-heroin Lali’s Law moves in Congress

Apr 28 2016 | 9:09 pm - A proposed federal law named for a Buffalo Grove man who died of a heroin overdose more than seven years ago has begun moving in Congress.

Hastert’s state lawmaker pension checks continue, for now

Apr 28 2016 | 3:50 pm - State officials took away former U.S. Speaker Dennis Hastert’s teacher pension the day he was sentenced, but his $28,026 annual benefit from his time as a state lawmaker in Springfield remains.

Hastert loses teacher pension

Apr 27 2016 | 10:00 pm - U.S. Speaker Dennis Hastert lost his $16,623 annual pension from his time as a teacher and wrestling coach at Yorkville High School, Teachers’ Retirement System spokesman Dave Urbanek said.

One brother a protégé of Dennis Hastert, another a victim

Apr 27 2016 | 8:18 pm - Facing a potential term in federal prison, U.S. Speaker Dennis Hastert made one of his last attempts to trade on what was once an abundance of political influence by asking a powerful protégé for a letter of support. It backfired.

U.S. Attorney: Hastert a “broken, humiliated man”

Apr 28 2016 | 3:51 pm - U.S. Attorney Zachary T. Fardon said U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s “legacy is gone and in its place is a broken, humiliated man.”

Patriot Act that Hastert heralded helped bring his downfall

Apr 26 2016 | 10:13 am - In the weeks after the 9/11 attacks, House Speaker Dennis Hastert “led the charge” in getting passage of the Patriot Act, former President George W. Bush commented a few years later. Now, Hastert faces a sentencing hearing Wednesday...

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