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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Rauner: Political mapping system ‘rigged’

Aug 26 2016 | 3:38 pm - Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday renewed his push for lawmakers to change the way Illinois draws its political boundaries. He made the comments after the Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday rejected an effort to put a question on the November ballot in an...

Rauner says he’ll stay out of Murphy replacement

Aug 26 2016 | 2:52 pm - Gov. Bruce Rauner said Friday he doesn’t plan to get involved in replacing state Sen. Matt Murphy, a Palatine Republican and top ally who announced his resignation earlier this month.

Matt Murphy announces his Senate resignation

Aug 12 2016 | 3:59 pm - Republican state Sen. Matt Murphy of Palatine — a high-profile spokesman for the Illinois Republican agenda and nearly 10-year Senate veteran from the Northwest suburbs — wrote in a letter Friday announcing his upcoming resignation...

Rauner ‘surprised’ by Sen. Matt Murphy resignation

Aug 12 2016 | 11:31 am - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said he was surprised by reports that Republican state Sen. Matt Murphy of Palatine, a top Rauner ally, is resigning from the legislature.

New law named for Elmhurst girl helps with EpiPen training

Aug 05 2016 | 6:06 pm - Gov. Bruce Rauner Friday signed legislation named for a 13-year-old Elmhurst girl who died last year after having a sudden allergic reaction.

Rauner approves laws inspired by College of DuPage severance tumult

Jul 29 2016 | 5:59 pm - Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a handful of new laws Friday inspired in part by the sizable severance package awarded to former College of DuPage President Robert Breuder, ensuring the episode will leave a statewide legacy.

5 things to watch now that the conventions are over

Jul 29 2016 | 12:52 pm - With the balloons all popped and the two party conventions over, the hyper-political battle for votes in November will take a break for a while to give Republicans and Democrats a chance to relax. Just kidding.

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

Jul 28 2016 | 3:18 pm - 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 campaign.

How Trump, Clinton backlash could affect Illinois 2018 races

Jul 28 2016 | 12:36 pm - A lot of delegates at both parties conventions showed dissatisfaction with their presidential candidates, and that discord might have an effect on Illinois’ 2018 election.

Duckworth addresses Democratic convention as race with Kirk looms

Jul 29 2016 | 12:34 am - U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth told the Democratic National Convention on its final night that she owed her political career to the crew that saved her life after her Black Hawk helicopter was shot down in Iraq in 2004.

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