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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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Q&A: The latest developments in the Dennis Hastert case

    A Montana woman says her brother was sexually abused while in high school by Dennis Hastert, the wrestling coach who later became speaker of the House. Jolene Burdge said the FBI interviewed her about the allegations in May. Here are a few questions...
  • Hastert to be arraigned Thursday in federal court in Chicago

     Hastert to be arraigned Thursday in federal court in Chicago
    Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at the federal courthouse in downtown Chicago on charges he agreed to pay $3.5 million to a longtime acquaintance to cover up wrongdoing in his past and then lied to the FBI...
  • Judge in Hastert hush money case donated to ex-speaker's campaign

    Judge in Hastert hush money case donated to ex-speaker's campaign
    Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is set to make his first court appearance in his hush-money case on Thursday, when he is expected to enter a plea before a federal judge who previously donated $1,500 to the then-Illinois congressman's re-...
  • AP News Guide to case against former Speaker Dennis Hastert

    Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert will appear in federal court next week on charges that he evaded banking regulations as part of a plan to pay $3.5 million to a person to keep quiet about past misconduct. A person familiar with the allegations...
  • Clock's ticking, President Cullerton. Help these suburban taxpayers.

    Clock's ticking, President Cullerton. Help these suburban taxpayers.
    Earlier this week, after several rounds of testy, theatrical votes aimed at embarrassing Gov. Bruce Rauner, the Illinois House actually debated a bill on circuses. Oh, the irony. Perhaps you've noticed Springfield is heavy into lawmaking, aka sausage-...
  • Emanuel's pension plan: Relief on payments, casino to pay for it

    Emanuel's pension plan: Relief on payments, casino to pay for it
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to solve his police and fire pension problem by paying less upfront, taking longer to pay off the debt and getting some of the money to cover what the city owes from a Chicago casino. The approach is designed to soften a...