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 veto of union plan sticks, with suburban Democrats’ help

May 25 2016 | 6:22 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.

Why lawmakers split on automatic voter registration

May 19 2016 | 7:43 pm - Should people automatically be registered to vote when they renew their driver’s licenses? Illinois Senate Democrats and Republicans split sharply on the idea. Here’s why.

Here’s how Illinois’ driver’s license is changing

May 17 2016 | 7:27 pm - The newest Illinois driver’s licenses will include an “ultraviolet feature” on the back and will be sent to applicants through the mail starting this summer in an effort to meet federal security guidelines.

Trump and Blagojevich loom large in Illinois Senate race

May 15 2016 | 7:57 am - Recent developments in the hot U.S. Senate between Mark Kirk and Tammy Duckworth mean Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and imprisoned former Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich are set to play a big role as the candidates try to define each...

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