A Closer Look at the Charges Against Dennis Hastert

The charges against former U.S. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert include perjury and using a complicated series of financial maneuvers to hide a $3.5 million payoff to someone from Yorkville, where he taught high school decades ago. We take a closer look at the legal issues behind the indictment and the possible ramifications.

Plan to Fund Chicago Police, Fire Pensions Surfaces in Springfield

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A much anticipated plan to shore up Chicago’s beleaguered police and fire pension funds has finally surfaced in Springfield. The measure would double the city's payment into the fund next year and triple it in the next five years.

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Web Extra: The Week in Review: 5/29

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May 29, 2015-Web Extra: The Week in Review 5/29

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists delve further into U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's re-election campaign.

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Former US Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert Indicted

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May 28, 2015-Former US Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert

Late Thursday afternoon, former U.S. Speaker Dennis Hastert was charged in a scheme to withdraw millions of dollars to pay off an accuser for “past misconduct.” The indictment says Hastert lied to the FBI about the purpose of the withdrawals. Paris Schutz has more on the developing case.

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Psychologist Takes Over As Cook County Jail Director

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May 28, 2015-Psychologist Takes Over As Cook County Jail

Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia, a clinical psychologist, is the new director of the Cook County Jail. Jones Tapia has been working as a deputy director at the jail since 2013, and previously served as chief psychologist for the jail’s health care provider. The Cook County Sheriff’s office believes Jones Tapia is the first mental health professional to head up a prison or jail in the U.S. Jones Tapia joins us.

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Lil' Thangz

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May 28, 2015-Lil' Thangz

CoRiccio Baskin has been making tiny, remarkably accurate replicas of everyday objects for more than 20 years. Jay Shefsky has a profile.

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Viewer Feedback: 5/28

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May 28, 2015-Viewer Feedback: 5/28

We share what you had to say about our conversation with Chicago Teacher's Union President Karen Lewis, the CTA's proposed Belmont flyover project, and the most recent progress of the Chicago Riverwalk project.

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The Debate Over "Right to Try"

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May 27, 2015-The Debate Over "Right to Try"

The Illinois General Assembly has sent a bill to Gov. Bruce Rauner that will allow terminally ill patients to try experimental medication that hasn't yet been approved by the FDA. We'll hear more on the debate over whether the bill gives families a lifeline or puts already sick people at risk.

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Your Digital Afterlife

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May 27, 2015- Your Digital Afterlife

We live in a digital world. We communicate with each other through tweets and Facebook posts, upload photos to Instagram, pay our bills online, and more. But what happens to all those digital files and accounts after we die? We discuss planning for your digital afterlife.

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Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 5/29

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May 29, 2015-Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 5/29

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists break down the week's top local stories.

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Weekend Events Around Town: 5/29-5/31

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Engage the left side of your brain with science activities; watch a family drama unfold on stage; and celebrate the arrival of spring with Chicago’s German community; Chicago Tonight has your weekend picks.

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Final Days of the IL Legislative Session

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May 28, 2015-Final Days of the IL Legislative Session

It’s the final stretch of the legislative session. Will lawmakers be able to approve a budget by Sunday or will a special session be necessary? Chicago Tonight Springfield reporter Amanda Vinicky updates us on that and more.

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South Side Pastor Corey Brooks

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May 28, 2015-South Side Pastor Corey Brooks

Pastor Corey Brooks sits down with Paris Schutz to discuss his controversial endorsement of Republican Bruce Rauner for governor, his mission to curb violence and bring economic development to his community, and why he is inviting presidential candidates from both sides of the aisle to come to the South Side for a series of town hall meetings.

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New Biography Aimed at Cult Favorite Chicago Actor Robert Ryan

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May 28, 2015-New Biography Aimed at Cult Favorite Chicago

Robert Ryan was an Oscar-nominated actor best known for roles in The Wild Bunch and The Dirty Dozen. The Chicago Reader’s J.R. Jones’ new biography of the Chicago actor looks at the political activism behind the actor’s tough-guy onscreen persona.

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Springfield News with Amanda Vinicky

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May 27, 2015-Springfield News with Amanda Vinicky

The showdown between Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan continues as state lawmakers stare down a May 31 deadline to approve a budget plan. On Wednesday, lawmakers will continue to vote on a series of measures that make up the spending plan, backed by Madigan, that’s about $3 billion short. At the same time, lawmakers will hold hearings on items that make up Rauner’s Turnaround Illinois agenda.

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Rand Paul Campaigns in Chicago

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May 27, 2015- Rand Paul Campaigns in Chicago

Sen. Rand Paul brings his presidential campaign to the South Side of Chicago. Will his message resonate here? Paris Schutz has the latest. 

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Vikings Invade The Field Museum

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May 27, 2015- Vikings Invade The Field Museum

We revisit our story about the Swedish National Museum’s Vikings -- an exhibition that challenges stereotypes of the Norsemen who lived, traded, and raided a millennium ago --at The Field Museum. Take our quiz to test your Vikings knowledge!

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