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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5 reasons why July 1 means more Illinois budget doom

Jun 27 2016 | 6:43 am - Here are five clear problems Illinoisans face as Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and top Democrats who control the legislature approach a new milestone this week in their historic budget war.

Which suburban candidates have more campaign money than Trump?

Jun 24 2016 | 10:25 am - You've seen the national numbers: Donald Trump has $1.3 million in the bank compared to Hillary Clinton's $42 million. But how much have they raised in Illinois?

Suburban Democrats join House floor sit-in

Jun 23 2016 | 4:25 pm - Several U.S. House Democrats from the suburbs participated in a multi-hour, high-profile sit-in to try to pressure Republicans for a vote on federal gun control legislation.

New Springfield guns plan gets Rifle Association backing

Jun 22 2016 | 9:53 pm - State-level gun legislation in response to the Orlando attacks emerged in Illinois led by a Chicago Democrat and more than one suburban Republican.

Why Hastert’s prison term will make history

Jun 20 2016 | 9:43 am - Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s term in prison is set to start by Wednesday, an occasion that will make him the highest-ranking elected official in American history to serve time behind bars.

Former Illinois GOP chairman part of group trying to stop Trump

Jun 20 2016 | 6:34 pm - Former Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady of St. Charles is part of a small national group trying to lobby party officials in a last-ditch attempt to keep Donald Trump from securing the nomination for president next month.

Illinois Lottery winners again might not get paid

Jun 16 2016 | 7:35 pm - Illinois Lottery winners might — again — face the prospects of not being paid their jackpots in a timely manner if no state spending deal is struck by the end of the month.

After Orlando, Kirk asks FBI for Chicago Pride Parade security help

Jun 15 2016 | 10:39 pm - U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has sent a letter to an FBI official asking for assurances Chicago's Pride Parade this month will be kept safe “in the wake of the Orlando massacre.”

Dold calls for gun control; Schneider responds

Jun 14 2016 | 6:43 pm - The attack on Orlando’s Pulse nightclub has rekindled a spat between Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Dold and Democrat Brad Schneider over guns after Dold reiterated Tuesday his support for gun control legislation.

Illinois lawmakers react to Orlando attacks

Jun 13 2016 | 10:45 pm - The Orlando attacks dominated political conversations Monday, and the Daily Herald asked local members of Congress “what specific state or federal policy proposals will you be pursuing in the coming months to try to prevent future similar...

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