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"Dennis Hastert 109th pictorial photo" by United States Congress

Dennis Hastert's attorney says the former U.S. House speaker will report to a federal prison in southeastern Minnesota this week to begin serving a 15-month sentence in his hush-money case.

Washington, D.C.,-based attorney Thomas Green confirmed Monday in an email that the Illinois Republican will report to the Rochester Federal Medical Center.

Hastert has a Wednesday afternoon deadline to report. 

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The Rockford area is well within the top 10 percent of metropolitan statistical areas, or MSAs, nationwide when it comes to reflecting the average American community.

The Forest City and its surrounding area ranked 35th out of 379 of the largest U.S. metropolitan statistical areas and 14th out of 164 similarly medium-sized MSAs in comparison to the national average.

That’s better than the Peoria area, which used to be considered the typical American community. Peoria came in at 73 in the medium-sized category and 140 overall.

Cocaine Bust Is Largest In DeKalb County History

Jun 20, 2016
US Drug Enforcement Administration

  A recent cocaine seizure is the largest drug bust in DeKalb County history.  Officials seized 264 pounds of cocaine last week after intercepting a trailer on Esmond Road. 

The Daily Chronicle reports that investigations in an undisclosed Northern Illinois city led to the retrieval of $436,000 in cash.  DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott says the cocaine was most likely in transit to another market. 

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The administration of Gov. Bruce Rauner is touting the low interest rate Illinois got in last week’s bond sale. But at least one public finance expert says that’s not the full story. 

Given Illinois’ low credit rating and ongoing fiscal disaster, it was expected the state would have to promise a bigger payday in order to attract investors to its bond sale.

Instead, Illinois got a historically low interest rate — which the Rauner administration wasted no time in touting.

WNIJ's Gas Price Monday: June 20, 2016

Jun 20, 2016
Susan Stephens

  The average state price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas is $2.57.    That's nine cents lower than last week's average, according to AAA.   

The most expensive gas in the state can be found in the City of Chicago, at $2.99/gallon.  

The cheapest gas in the state can be found in Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, at $2.33 per gallon.  

Finally, the average price of a gallon of unleaded gas in Rockford is $2.55.   

Winnebago County Bar Association

Illinois is approaching a new fiscal year without a state budget. The head of an organization that helps fund social service agencies says citizens need to demand more from their lawmakers. 

Paul Logli is president and CEO of United Way of Rock River Valley. He told the crowd at the Rockford Urban Ministries annual meeting Friday that no matter where they stand politically, they have to be unforgiving of ALL state lawmakers about the budget impasse.

Aaron Sitze's new book will not help you pass a course in U.S. History. In fact, you'll fail if Sitze's book is the only one you read. But The Andrew Jackson Stories provides an entertaining lesson in Newtonian physics, among other things, and encourages you to keep talking to your plants.

We'll get to those items in a bit. First, Sitze explains his fascination with Andrew Jackson and other famous presidents.

Amy Newman's latest collection of poetry imagines scenes in the lives of seven poets who emerged in the mid-20th Century: Sylvia Plath, John Berryman, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, Theodore Roethke, Delmore Schwartz and Anne Sexton.

Many critics identify these poets as writing in the Confessional style, often in the first person and including then-taboo subjects such as sexual abuse and mental illness.

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A Chicago City Council committee has advanced plans to increase regulations for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft.

The proposal requires similar regulations on Uber and Lyft drivers as taxi drivers, including fingerprinting as part of a criminal background check.

Drug tests and city debt checks would also be required.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Uber and Lyft officials have opposed the proposed regulations. The companies argue it'll cut into the number of drivers available.

There are approximately 90,000 registered Uber and Lyft Drivers in Chicago.

"Electronic Stethescope" By Flickr User Ted Eytan / (CC BY 2.0)

More than half of the states have disclosed how much higher their health care premiums could be next year under the Affordable Care Act, but Illinois isn't expected to do so for more than a month.

The Chicago Tribune reports that consumer advocates are frustrated because Illinois residents won't get their first look at proposed 2017 premiums until Aug. 1, about a month before the state Department of Insurance has to complete its review of rate information.

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