Attorneys for the wife of a northern Illinois police officer who killed himself after embezzling from a youth program is vehemently denying charges that she took part in the scheme. 

Federal prosecutors in Chicago have indicted the chairman of the McLean County Board for defrauding State Farm and a consulting firm of more than $400,000 in unearned consulting fees.

  CHICAGO (AP) - Federal prosecutors and attorneys for Dennis Hastert will be in court to determine how the hush-money case against the former U.S. House speaker will proceed. Thursday's status hearing is before U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin in Chicago. Hastert is charged with violating banking rules and lying to the FBI about promising to pay $3.5 million in hush money to conceal misconduct from his days as a high school teacher.

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert will be arraigned this week following an indictment that alleges he agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to someone from the town where he was once a teacher and coach.

Madigan supports Derrick Smith amid indictment

Mar 12, 2014

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is supporting a fellow state representative for re-election - who is also under indictment.