Illinois

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

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is citing a technicality in a bid to restore his tax-covered public school pensions as he serves a 15-month prison sentence in a hush-money case that stemmed from his sexual abuse of high school students.

Hastert's lawyers contend his conviction was for violating banking law between 2010 and 2015 as he sought to pay one victim $3.5 million in hush money not specifically for the sexual abuse. On those grounds, they say his $17,000-a-year teacher's pension can't be revoked. 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner continues to demand legislators lower what businesses have to pay for injured workers.  

House Democrats scheduled a hearing on the subject Monday, and yet Rauner's fellow Republicans wanted nothing to do with it.

When is a company on the hook to compensate an injured worker, and for how much?

Legislation encapsulating Gov. Rauner's preferred plan has sat idle, for a year-and-a-half.

But after he recently asked Democratic leaders to take another look at his bill; the House obliged and scheduled a hearing on it.

STD Cases Spike In Winnebago County

Nov 28, 2016

The Winnebago County Health Department released its annual report for 2015, which includes the number of reportable diseases in the county.

There were more than 1,700 cases of Chlamydia in Winnebago County last year, compared to 339 the year before

Gonorrhea also rose by several hundred cases, compared to 2014.

Heartland Blood Centers, which cover 13 cities in northern Illinois including DeKalb and Crystal Lake, says it needs more donors as people travel for Thanksgiving and become busier.

Sheri Ransford, with the Heartland Blood Centers, says the urgency for donations isn’t because of a common assumption.

"It’s not that there’s more accidents or anything," Ransford said. "There’s a bigger, greater need at the hospitals because a lot of people will schedule elective surgeries over their breaks."

The Illinois State Police is warning drivers to use extra caution on the roadways this holiday season.

Authorities say they're stepping up enforcement starting Wednesday. They'll have extra officers patrolling Illinois interstates and road side safety checks.

Extra patrols will focus on stopping people who are driving under the influence, speeding or distracted.

Illinois State Police Colonel Tad Willliams says the number one goal over the Thanksgiving weekend is to reduce the number of fatal crashes.

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