Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock is appealing a recent lower-court decision allowing prosecutors in his corruption case to take the Peoria Republican to trial on 22 criminal counts.

Three Chicago police officers have been indicted on felony charges alleging they conspired to cover up the fatal shooting of black teen Laquan McDonald by a white officer.

Attorneys for former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock have asked a judge to drop a charge against him, saying it's too broad.  Schock's attorneys say a charge alleging theft of government funds contains too many allegations, makes it too difficult to prepare for trial, and is therefore improper. They say prosecutors have bundled five years' worth of alleged thefts into a single count.

Former Aide to Court Clerk Indicted

May 5, 2017

Today federal prosecutors announced an indictment against a former top aide to Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown. The indictment alleges 55-year-old Beena Patel lied to a federal grand jury in 2015 and 2016. 

Former Congressman Aaron Schock was in court today via video link. Four separate locations participated in the hearing with a federal courtroom linked for viewing in Peoria.

Former Chicago Alderman Edward Vrdolyak has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the state of Illinois' $9 billion tobacco settlement.  An indictment says Vrdolyak was offered tens of millions of dollars in legal fees even though he did no legal work on the landmark civil case. He's charged with breaking federal tax laws.

Aaron Schock is accused of allegedly using government and campaign money to subsidize a lavish lifestyle, as well as pocketing thousands of constituents' dollars.   The indictment unveiled this month says the 35-year old former Illinois Republican congressman hosted annual Washington tours and meet-and-greets, charged a special fee and secretly kept some of the cash. 

Ex-Rep. Schock: 'I Am Eager to Finally Defend My Name'

Nov 10, 2016
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

The U.S. Attorney’s office Thurs. indicted ex-Illinois congressman Aaron Schock on 24 counts of alleged fraud.

The former 18th District Congressman resigned in March 2015, amid allegations of financial mismanagement.

He held a press conference with his attorneys in Peoria, about an hour before the indictment was released. Schock claims no wrongdoing. He says the Justice Department "manufactured a crime."

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.