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 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.

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.

Delegate Diary: A Sanders delegate from Clinton country

Jul 28 2016 | 3:41 pm - Dan Johnson seems like he could be the embodiment of how the conflict among supporters of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders played out this week.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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