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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State lawmaker wins another round of ballot case

Feb 12 2016 | 6:32 pm - State Rep. Anna Moeller, an Elgin Democrat, will remain on the ballot after a judge this week declined to overrule state election officials’ decision to let her run for re-election.

Arlington Heights man appointed to state construction board

Feb 11 2016 | 5:50 pm - Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed an Arlington Heights man to a key Illinois board that oversees construction projects.

Where you can vote right now in Illinois

Feb 12 2016 | 4:57 am - The Illinois primary day isn’t for a month. But some people in Illinois are voting right now, and options will expand next week. Here’s what you need to know to vote early.

Children sue former state Rep. Farnham over child pornography videos

Feb 11 2016 | 2:37 pm - Two children have sued former state Rep. Keith Farnham for more than $150,000 in damages, saying they appeared in pornographic videos he was sent to prison for downloading.

President Obama greets old friends during Springfield visit

Feb 11 2016 | 5:15 am - President Barack Obama spent time with old friends as he came to Springfield a month before Illinois' primary election to speak about bipartisanship in front of a politically fractured state legislature. It was the ninth anniversary of his...

Why Obama is speaking in Springfield Wednesday

Feb 10 2016 | 5:01 am - President Barack Obama's visit to Springfield Wednesday will return him to the city where he launched his presidential campaign exactly nine years ago and provide a backdrop for his expected message of less divisive politics.

Democrats stake out debt-reduction ideas in first Senate debate

Feb 08 2016 | 6:48 pm - The Democrats running for U.S. Senate pointed to different priorities to tackle the country’s debt in their first joint debate of the primary race.

Video gambling group leader could lose license to run machines

Feb 05 2016 | 5:42 pm - The president of a statewide group of video gambling machine operators faces having his own license to run the machines revoked.

Santorum departure reunites couple in Rubio camp

Feb 04 2016 | 5:58 pm - Republican Rick Santorum’s exit from the presidential race this week disappoints Kathy Salvi of Mundelein, a former Republican candidate for Congress who attended Carmel Catholic High School with Santorum. But it’s put her in the same...

Local campaigners say lessons from Iowa will help here

Feb 03 2016 | 7:00 am - Ted Cruz name-checked a local volunteer in his victory speech Monday night in Iowa, where many from Illinois were campaigning until the last minute. Lessons learned there will help in the run-up to Illinois’ March 15 primary, several said.

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