By Fiona Ortiz
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Reuters) – The Illinois Legislature will take up a one-month budget on Wednesday to keep delivering “essential services” to residents while an impasse continues over a full-year spending plan for the fiscal year that begins at midnight, House Speaker Michael Madigan said on Tuesday.
“This is another opportunity to not shut down the government,” Madigan told reporters.
By Fiona Ortiz
(Reuters) – A Kansas judge on Thursday temporarily blocked a
law that would ban a common second trimester abortion procedure
from taking effect next week, according to an attorney for an
abortion rights group that challenged the law.
Shawnee County District Court Judge Larry Hendricks granted
an injunction that will allow dilation and extraction abortion
procedures to continue in Kansas for now, said Center for
Reproductive Rights lawyer Genevieve Scott, who attended the
hearing. The law was scheduled to take effect on July 1.
CHICAGO, June 24 (Reuters) – FOR LET: 36,000 square-foot
(3,345 square-meter) cave in central Chicago. Three-story
ceilings, cutting-edge fiber optic feeds, historic art deco
setting. Ten pits available, perfect for lounging. Jackets not
When CME Group Inc’s futures pits in the cavernous
trading floor at the Chicago Board of Trade building fall quiet
next month, real estate broker Holly Duran will be working
overtime to find a tenant to occupy a storied piece of America’s
By Fiona Ortiz
(Reuters) – Adoption agencies in Michigan would be able to
refuse service on religious grounds to homosexual couples who
want to adopt children under three bills that the state’s
Republican-controlled Senate passed on Wednesday.
The bills, which must be signed by the governor to become
law, say child-placing agencies shall not be required to provide
adoption services under circumstances that conflict with their
sincerely held religious beliefs contained in a written policy
or other document. The agencies are private, but receive state
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert pleaded not guilty in a packed Chicago courtroom on Tuesday to federal charges of trying to hide large cash transactions and lying to the FBI about it.
Law enforcement officials have said Hastert was using the money to try to cover up sexual abuse of a male decades ago when the former Republican congressman worked as a high school wrestling coach and teacher, according to media reports.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Dennis Hastert, a former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, is due to be arraigned in federal court in Chicago on Tuesday on charges of trying to hide large cash transactions and lying to the FBI about it.
According to an indictment, Hastert, 73, was trying to evade detection of $3.5 million in payments he had promised to make to someone from his hometown of Yorkville, Illinois, to conceal past misconduct against the person.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – A federal arraignment was moved to June 9 on Tuesday for former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert, who has been charged with trying to hide $3.5 million in payments he was making to conceal past misconduct.
Hastert had been scheduled for arraignment on Thursday in United States District Court in Chicago. The court did not give a reason for the change in date.
By Fiona Ortiz
(Reuters) – A $100,000 check is waiting for a mystery woman who donated a rare Apple 1 computer to a Silicon Valley recycling firm.
CleanBayArea in Milpitas, California, is trying to track down a woman in her 60s who dropped off some electronic goods in April, when she was cleaning out the garage after her husband died.
(Reuters) – Nebraska on Wednesday became the 19th U.S. state to abolish capital punishment as legislators narrowly voted to override the Republican governor’s veto of a bill repealing the death penalty.
The state’s unicameral legislature voted 30-19, the exact number of votes needed to override Governor Pete Ricketts’ veto, to replace capital punishment with a term of life without parole.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – The judge is singing again. Now she’s growling. Now she’s shaking her black hair and laughing a sinister laugh. Now she encourages the public in the courtroom to chant with her: “I’m gonna lock you up, I’m gonna lock you up.”
The prosecutor and the bailiff look at the floor and try not to smirk. They are used to theatrics from Judge Jackie Portman.