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A Kendall County judge says he will issue a written decision in 45 days on whether a lawsuit filed against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert by a sexual abuse victim should be dismissed.

Characterizing the lawsuit as a form of extortion, attorneys for Hastert asked Judge Robert Pilmer to dismiss a lawsuit brought in April by the man who contends Hastert owes him $1.8 million of the $3.5 million promised to keep the man silent.

After hearing arguments Friday from the two sides, Pilmer said he will issue his written opinion before a scheduled Nov. 29 hearing.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (L) and Tammy Duckworth

The Chicago Tribune has endorsed Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth for the U.S. Senate, arguing that incumbent Republican Mark Kirk is unable to fully do the job after recovering from a stroke.

The newspaper said Friday that "due to forces beyond his control, Kirk no longer can perform to the fullest the job of a U.S. senator."

Kirk spokesman Kevin Artl called it "a low-blow and cheap shot" that's "not based on fact or reality."

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An Illinois group that wants to prevent transportation funds from being diverted elsewhere has spent about $2.5 million for television advertising.

Figures released Thursday by the Center for Public Integrity show that Citizens to Protect Transportation Funding spent the money to air their ads nearly 1,300 times this election cycle.

Since 2003, an estimated $6.8 billion in transportation funds generated by tolls, license fees and the gas tax have been used by state government for other things. That's according to the Transportation for Illinois Coalition.

A Chicago disability rights group has sued the mobile ride-hailing service Uber for allegedly violating U.S. laws mandating wheelchair accessibility.

The suit was filed Thursday in Chicago federal court on behalf of Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago and several individuals. It seeks an order requiring that Uber comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and provide more wheelchair-accessible vehicles.

Illinois' Republican politicians have had varied reactions to the news that the man at the top of their ticket, Donald Trump, is facing allegations of sexual assault.


But Republican Governor Bruce Rauner's stance on Trump remains the same -- vague.

Rauner Thursday said he's "disgusted by statements that have recently come out in the presidential election."

"I condemn in the strongest possible way sexual assault, sexual harassment in any form. And that's what I'll say,” Rauner said.