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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Clash between Madigan, Rauner puts budget compromise in doubt

May 27 2016 | 5:40 pm - Illinois appears to be moving closer to missing a key budget deadline for a second straight year after a significant clash between top Democrats and Republicans Friday signaled compromise could be tough.

Should hospitals pay property taxes?

May 26 2016 | 2:59 pm - The case of whether a downstate hospital can be exempt from property taxes could have a multimillion dollar impact on suburban hospitals and governments.

Fight to fund schools takes center stage in Springfield

May 26 2016 | 9:58 pm - Illinois lawmakers are juggling at least four distinct proposals to pay for schools next year, leaving open the possibility they could end their annual session with no school budget at all. Missing the Tuesday deadline means lawmakers would need...

Rauner veto of union plan sticks, with suburban Democrats' help

May 25 2016 | 10:03 pm - Two suburban Democrats joined with Republicans today to block one of public employee unions' top priorities in their ongoing disputes with Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Lawmaker’s plan could eventually take away Gliniewicz pension

May 24 2016 | 6:20 pm - A suburban Republican lawmaker wants to prevent Lt. Joe Gliniewicz’s widow of receiving benefits from her late husband’s police pension if she’s eventually convicted of wrongdoing.

Rauner gets consolidation idea

May 23 2016 | 5:26 pm - County governments would have to report what kinds of boards, commissions and districts they appoint members to and whether those entities collect property taxes under a plan soon to be under review by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Will a state tax increase be coming soon?

May 23 2016 | 7:03 pm - Talk of a tax hike looms in Springfield as lawmakers face a growing state deficit and a week to go before blowing yet another budget deadline.

Republicans call for unity at convention ahead of important November election

May 22 2016 | 2:07 am - The state’s Republicans elected the final slate of delegates to their Cleveland convention Saturday. The group of 12 party leaders is obligated to vote to nominate real estate mogul Donald Trump on the first ballot in a state where...

Rauner opposes taxing retirement income

May 19 2016 | 10:29 pm - Gov. Bruce Rauner Thursday is “not a fan” of collecting taxes on Illinoisans’ retirement income, nor is AARP, which is behind a stream of radio spots, print ads and robocalls in recent days.

Bid to soften opposition to same-sex marriage divides state GOP

May 20 2016 | 7:43 pm - A recommended change to soften the Illinois Republican Party’s opposition to same-sex marriage has rankled some conservative members of the party and could face a vote to reject the move Saturday.

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