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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3 things to watch at the Democratic convention’s final night

Jul 28 2016 | 12:52 am - Thursday marks the end of the Democratic National Convention, after which delegates will join Republicans back at home for the long fight toward the end of the convention.

Duckworth back at Democratic convention, this time in a Senate race

Jul 27 2016 | 4:10 pm - The profile of the already closely watched race for U.S. Senate could rise this week with Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates set to speak at the main stage of the Democratic National Convention Thursday.

Here’s what Bill Clinton said about Park Ridge Tuesday

Jul 27 2016 | 2:40 pm - Former President Bill Clinton made Park Ridge, where nominee Hillary Clinton grew up, part of the opener of his Democratic National Convention speech Tuesday night.

Delegate Diary: Cubs jersey ‘the epitome of hope’

Jul 27 2016 | 6:23 pm - State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia of Aurora has been to the last few Democratic conventions, often noticeable on TV at home. She’s the one wearing the Cubs jersey.

3 things to watch today at the Democratic National Convention

Jul 27 2016 | 12:10 am - With Hillary Clinton now Democrats’ official nominee, the last two days of the convention will focus on the party trying to make the case to her voters. And Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, makes his big speech tonight.

Redacted report sheds little light on Sandack resignation

Jul 26 2016 | 6:29 pm - Downers Grove police Tuesday released a heavily redacted report filed about an ongoing investigation into an “internet scam” reported by recently resigned state Rep. Ron Sandack of Downers Grove.

Clinton delegate says Obama terms 'went by way too fast'

Jul 26 2016 | 5:00 pm - State Sen. Terry Link of Vernon Hills was part of Barack Obama's bipartsian poker games among Springfield lawmakers and was often called upon to talk about his friendship with Obama, even once being quoted in Golf Digest about the new president's...

Convention could start 2018 Dem race for governor

Jul 26 2016 | 12:12 pm - Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget fight with Illinois Democrats has been paused, but hundreds of miles away, those Democrats are talking at their Philadelphia convention about who among them might try to take on the first-term governor in 2018.

Preckwinkle gets prime seat next to Bill Clinton Monday

Jul 26 2016 | 9:15 am - Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle sat next to former President Bill Clinton during part of the prime-time events of the Democratic National Convention Monday night.

3 things to watch at the Democratic convention Tuesday

Jul 26 2016 | 12:08 am - The second day of the Democratic National Convention will include a speaker with suburban ties who has come into the public eye for tragic reasons. Here’s what to watch for Tuesday in Philadelphia.

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