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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Showdown or stare-down? Rauner, Madigan to meet on budget

Nov 29 2015 | 7:06 am - Tuesday could be a key moment in determining whether Illinois’ leaders can agree on a full budget plan in 2015, a few weeks before it becomes a full six months late. Or the political staring contest over state spending could continue.

Where the big primary races will be in suburbs

Nov 26 2015 | 11:30 pm - With the deadline Monday for candidates to declare their intentions, some interesting races are shaping up in the suburbs. Two state Senate seats could be battlegrounds, and other races have unusual twists.

Suburbs light on Statehouse primaries ... so far

Nov 23 2015 | 6:20 pm - Big races between suburban Democrats and Republicans shaped up Monday on the first day of filing for seats in the Illinois legislature, but few primary election battles have emerged so far.

Candidate who says God punishes gays tries to get back on ballot

Nov 24 2015 | 7:32 pm - Susanne Atanus, who said God put tornadoes and diseases on Earth in response to gay rights and abortions, has signed up again as a Republican challenging U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky.

Primary contests for Congress take shape. Who’s running?

Nov 23 2015 | 11:38 am - Illinois primary contenders for U.S. Senate wasted no time trying to get on the ballot today, and suburban races for Congress are starting to officially shape up.

Election filing starts today in Illinois

Nov 22 2015 | 11:13 pm - A full state budget hasn’t been approved since before Illinois’ last election, but candidates Monday will start running in the next one. Candidate filing in races stretching from the U.S. Senate to the county board begins this week.

Rauner: State will prep loans for cash-strapped suburbs

Nov 23 2015 | 8:59 pm - Frustrated with Democrats, Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration said Monday it’s preparing to make loans to communities and state vendors after legislation to send communities a long-delayed share of gasoline and gambling tax money...

4 state fines for underage gambling — all in Mundelein

Nov 20 2015 | 8:04 pm - Just four Illinois video gambling locations have been fined by the state Gaming Board for letting underage people place bets. And all four are in Mundelein.

Local lawmakers split over refugee plan

Nov 20 2015 | 5:03 pm - Suburban members of Congress largely split along party lines on legislation that could stop Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. for now.

Idea: What if state school funding formula died in 2017?

Nov 19 2015 | 6:26 pm - In a year of blown state budget deadlines, a bipartisan group of rank-and-file lawmakers proposes adding two more contentious issues to the mix: freezing property taxes and killing the current school funding formula by 2017.

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