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Dennis Hastert's lead attorney says the former U.S. House speaker won't appeal his conviction or 15-month prison term in a hush-money case centered on his sexual abuse of students when he was a high school wrestling coach in Illinois decades ago. 

A judge sentenced a Granite City man to 24 years in prison for abusing a 7-week-old boy so severely that he broke the child's skull and several ribs.

Jurors in Kane County have convicted a 36-year-old man of stabbing an Elgin woman to death while burglarizing the townhouse she had just moved into with her husband.

An Egyptian court sentenced Peoria native Sam LaHood, and more than 40 non-profit workers, to jail.  Sam LaHood is the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the convictions on allegations of using foreign funds to cause unrest in Egypt violate freedom of expression and undercut the country's democratic transition.