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Jun 1, 2015

Ex-House Speaker Hastert due in court on federal charges on Thursday

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert will appear in a Chicago court on Thursday to face federal charges related to his alleged effort to hide $3.5 million in payments he was making to conceal past misconduct.

Hastert, 73, will appear at 10 a.m. CDT (1500 GMT) before U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin, according to court records updated on Monday.

Jun 1, 2015

Dennis Hastert to appear in court on federal charges on Thursday

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert will appear in a Chicago court on Thursday to face federal charges related to his alleged effort to hide $3.5 million in payments he was making to a person to conceal past misconduct, a court official said on Monday.

Hastert, 73, will appear at 10 a.m. (11 a.m. EDT) to be arraigned on charges including lying to the FBI, according to Sandy Newland, a courtroom deputy for U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin.

May 21, 2015

Illinois lawmakers pass marijuana decriminalization bill

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Illinois Senate on Thursday passed a bill decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, sending it to the governor for signature.

The bill, which passed 37-19 vote, makes possession of up to 15 grams of marijuana a civil law violation punishable by a $125 fine. Individuals will not face jail time.

May 20, 2015

McDonald’s, other fast-food workers, protest ahead of annual meeting

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Thousands of McDonald’s workers seeking a minimum wage of $15 per hour and the right to unionize are expected to swarm the fast-food giant’s headquarters for two days of protests that will coincide with the fast-food chain’s annual meeting on Thursday.

Protests by low-wage fast-food and retail workers have helped fuel a national debate about pay levels. Companies such as McDonald’s Corp (MCD.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) are raising starting pay and cities like Seattle and Chicago are boosting their respective minimum wages over time.

May 19, 2015

Psychologist to head Chicago jail, nation’s second largest

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A clinical psychologist will be appointed head of Chicago’s Cook County Jail, the nation’s second-largest jail where a third of the inmates are mentally ill, officials announced on Tuesday.

Nneka Jones Tapia will become executive director of the jail on May 26, county officials said. Tapia, who has been with the sheriff’s office since 2013 and oversees mental health strategy, replaces Cara Smith, who will become chief strategy officer for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.

May 15, 2015

Chicago Mayor Emanuel names Carole Brown as city’s new CFO

CHICAGO, May 15 (Reuters) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on
Friday named Carole Brown, a managing director at Barclays
, as chief financial officer for the financially
troubled city.

Brown, who heads Barclays’ Midwest municipal practice,
replaces outgoing CFO Lois Scott. Brown had previously served as
chair of the Chicago Transit Authority board.

May 14, 2015

Illinois lawmakers reject right-to-work, send message to governor

By Fiona Ortiz and Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – Illinois Democratic lawmakers rejected their own
right-to-work bill on Thursday in a symbolic vote meant to send
a message to Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, who says he wants
union membership to be voluntary.

Powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan sponsored the
designed-to-fail bill, which House Republican Leader Jim Durkin
decried as a “sham” aimed at undermining Rauner’s call for
bipartisan solutions to Illinois’ deep financial crisis.

May 14, 2015

Filmmaker Spike Lee defends his planned film on Chicago violence

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Movie director Spike Lee, known for films that deal frankly with racial issues, appeared in Chicago on Thursday to defend his planned movie about the city, after its reported title, “Chiraq,” was criticized by local politicians.

Speaking at a South Side church and surrounded by African-American mothers carrying pictures of children killed in street violence, Lee said artists hold up a mirror to society and are not afraid to tell the truth.

May 13, 2015

Missouri passes right-to-work bill, but governor’s veto expected

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – Missouri Republican lawmakers passed a bill on
Wednesday that would stop workers from being required to join a
union or pay dues, but without enough votes to override an
expected veto by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.

By a 92-66 vote, the Missouri House of Representatives
approved the measure that would allow Missouri to join 25 other
states with “right-to-work” laws.

May 12, 2015

Obama presidential library will be built in Chicago

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Barack Obama’s presidential library will be built in his hometown of Chicago, the Obama Foundation announced on Tuesday.

Chicago beat out proposals by New York City and Hawaii to host the facility.

The foundation, a nonprofit organization that conducted the site-selection process and will oversee the development and building of the library, has not decided on its exact location, but it is expected to be in one of two parks near the University of Chicago’s main campus.