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  • Democrats battle themselves on Chicago schools pension bill

    Illinois Democrats' cross-party dispute in the state Capitol turned internal Tuesday when the majority party in the House failed to approve giving cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools a six-week reprieve on making a $634 million pension contribution.
  • After House rejects Emanuel-Rauner CPS pension plan, finger-pointing begins

    After House rejects Emanuel-Rauner CPS pension plan, finger-pointing begins
    The Illinois House on Tuesday defeated Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to delay a massive Chicago Public Schools pension payment due at months’ end, a result of years of deeply rooted partisan mistrust surfacing in a new era of divided state...

    House property-tax freeze fails; Rauner says it's not enough

    Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly and Gov. Bruce Rauner spent Tuesday talking about the same issue — relief from increasing local property taxes — but they talked past each other in a continuing deadlock over a state spending plan due...

    Dennis Hastert pleads not guilty amid claims of hush money, lying to FBI

    Dennis Hastert pleads not guilty amid claims of hush money, lying to FBI
    Shortly after pleading not guilty Tuesday to charges related to sensational allegations of hush money payments and lying to federal agents, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert stood in a packed federal courtroom in downtown Chicago looking...

    Both sides in Dennis Hastert case agree to keep judge

     Both sides in Dennis Hastert case agree to keep judge
    U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin will remain in charge of the criminal case against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert in spite of the judge's ties to Hastert that include campaign contributions and a onetime business relationship with Hastert's...