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 A somber Dennis Hastert appeared in court Tuesday for the first time since he was indicted, pleading not guilty to charges that he violated banking rules and lied to the FBI in a scheme to pay $3.5 million in hush money to conceal misconduct from his days as a high school teacher.

The Pekin Police Department and state Department of Children and Family Services are investigating allegations of abuse and neglect at a local daycare.  The accusations surround the daycare service of Saint Paul’s United Church of Christ on North 8th Street in Pekin.  Pekin police began the investigation earlier this month, and both agencies are conducting interviews and investigating the allegations.

Peoria County is crafting an anti-nepotism policy amid tensions between administration and a former employee with the county emergency management agency. Former EMA Assistant Director Carolyn Hayes resigned earlier this month. County Administrator Lori Curtis Luther says Hayes’ husband was paid more than $40,000 for a variety of county maintenance jobs since 2005. She says the current county anti-nepotism policy needs to be firmed up:

A lawsuit has been filed Monday against Dan Rutherford- Illinois’ Treasurer and a Republican candidate for governor.  A warning to sensitive listeners - the suit includes allegations of sexual assault leveled by a former employee.