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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2007, file photo, Rep. J. Dennis Hastert, front, R-Ill., announces that he will not seek reelection for a 12th term as he stands on the steps of the old Kendall County courthouse with, from left, his son Josh; wife Jean; and daughter-in-law Heidi, grandson Jack, in Yorkville, Ill. A newly unveiled indictment against Hastert released Thursday, May 28, 2015, accuses the Republican of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime schoolteacher silent about "prior misconduct."

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Judge: Hastert Support Letters Must be Made Public

The judge in Dennis Hastert's hush-money case says that if the former House speaker wants letters of support considered during his sentencing, they must be made public.

Law Talk

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Measure Granting Juveniles Attorneys in Murder Cases Stalls

A measure that would guarantee a lawyer for children ages 13 to 17 during interrogation in murder investigations is stalled in the Senate amid Republican concerns.


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Another Budget Meeting Happened at Capitol

Those who would speak afterward did not say a lot but did sound optimistic.

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$0.02 Lunch Sends Message

Two cents isn't much, but it could buy you lunch Thursday. That's because the Illinois Retail Merchants Association put on an event at the Capitol, selling box lunches for that amount.


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One Killed in Amtrak Train-Semi Collision

A semitrailer driver has died after his truck collided with an Amtrak train in western Illinois.


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Doctor Disciplined for Giving Unapproved Cancer Drugs to Patients

An Illinois doctor may lose her license for allegedly giving cheap, imported cancer drugs to patients in violation of federal law.


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Jobs Added, But Unemployment Increases

Illinois' unemployment rate edged up again in March as the state added jobs but not enough to keep pace with the number of people looking for work.


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Former YWCA Building on List of Endangered in IL

An Illinois historic preservation group says sites on its yearly list of endangered places are at risk due to an unsure economic climate in the state, and a local spot is among them.

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Local Republican Denied State Board Appointment

Only 18 state Senators voted in favor of the appointment of Jerry White to the state's Property Tax Appeal Board.


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WIU to Lay More Off

The president of Western Illinois University says the school will lay off 110 non-instructional staffers because of the lack of state budget.

OSF HealthCare

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OSF Spins Off Medical Investment Arm

Peoria-based OSF HealthCare, a nonprofit Catholic health system, is spinning off a corporate investment arm to financially back new technology and devices.


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Man Sentenced for Killing Cat

A Champaign County judge has sentenced a central Illinois man to six months in jail and probation for torturing his girlfriend's cat, which later died.

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2012 file photo, former Illinois Congressman Mel Reynolds announces that he's running for the 2nd District seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr., in Chicago. Reynolds has been indicted on federal tax evasion charges, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago said in a statement Friday June 26, 2015. The indictment says the 63-year-old Chicago Democrat failed to file income tax returns for four consecutive years, between 2009 and 2012. Each count of failing to file carries a maximum one-year prison sentence. Reynolds resigned his Illinois congressional seat in 1995 after being convicted of statutory rape for having sex with an underage campaign worker. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

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Mel Reynolds Back in the U.S.

Federal prosecutors claim social media posts undermine the reason former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds cited for traveling to South Africa in violation of his bond.


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Committee Passes Education Bill

Funding formula revamp

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City Council Continues Salvation Army Debate

There might be some confusion among the public -- and among members of the Springfield City Council -- on just what aldermen might have been voting on at a meeting next week.

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Groups Want Pay Raises for Those Working with Disabled

A group of organizations including the employee union AFSCME says workers helping the disabled need more money for the work that they do.

Illinois Department of Agriculture

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Senate Approves Poe as Ag Director

Senate vote was unanimous.

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House Bill Eliminates Lt. Gov. Position

A measure to eliminate the office of lieutenant governor in Illinois has gotten initial approval in the state House.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert arrives at the federal courthouse, Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in Chicago for his arraignment on federal charges that he broke federal banking laws and lied about the money when questioned by the FBI. The indictment two weeks ago alleged Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million to someone from his days as a high school teacher not to reveal a secret about past misconduct.

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Hastert Attorneys: Was It Abuse?

Dennis Hastert's lawyers are questioning whether what the former U.S. House speaker did to a former wrestler to whom he agreed to pay $3.5 million was actually sexual abuse.

Illinois Chamber of Commerce

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Rauner Preaches to the Choir

Illinois Chamber hosts job creators

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