Ex-CPS Chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett Pleads Guilty To Kickback SchemeFormer Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has pleaded guilty to a bribery scheme to steer more than $23 million in no-bid contracts to a former employer for $2.3 million in bribes and kickbacks.
Feds: Ex-CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett To Plead Guilty To Corruption ChargesThe indictment alleges she steered no-bid contracts to SUPES for kickbacks and bribes. Byrd-Bennett, 66, of Solon, Ohio, is charged with 15 counts of mail fraud and five counts of wire fraud in the indictment.
Lawyers Reveal Both Sides In Hastert Plea NegotiationsProsecutors and defense attorneys for former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert have told a federal judge they're talking about a possible plea deal in the Republican's hush-money case.
Former Recorder Of Deeds Clerk Indicted On Fraud ChargesA former clerk for the Cook County Recorder of Deeds has been indicted on federal fraud charges after prosecutors say she accepted a $200 cash bribe to prepare a falsified real-estate deed.
Terror Suspect Charged With Trying To Kill Fellow InmateA 21-year-old man already charged with trying to set off a bomb downtown three years ago has been indicted on new charges of attacking and seriously injuring a fellow inmate.
Feds Arrest 5 For Hacking Scheme Tied To Boeing, CaterpillarTwo Illinois companies were targeted by a brazen insider trading ring. Federal authorities broke up a ring that used hackers to steal corporate press announcement from Chicago-based Boeing, Peoria-based Caterpillar, and several other companies, and then profit from that information before it became public.
Hastert Attorneys Shed Light On Strategy, Gear Up For TrialDennis Hastert’s lawyers will try to defend the former U.S. House speaker against allegations that he lied to the FBI and skirted banking laws by first picking apart the indictment unveiled by federal prosecutors in May.
Former Congressman Mel Reynolds Indicted On Tax ChargesFormer Congressman Mel Reynolds has run afoul of the law again, accused of failing to file federal tax returns for four years.
Hastert Lawyer: Leaks About Alleged Sex Abuse "Unconscionable"Thomas Green, Hastert's New-York based defense attorney, said during a status hearing in Chicago that he's concerned information that's been disclosed to the media may inhibit Hastert's right to a fair trial.
Hastert Pleads Not Guilty To Federal IndictmentFormer U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges he paid hush money to conceal wrongdoing before he entered politics, and lied to the FBI when questioned about the money.
Hastert Arraignment Creates Media Frenzy At Federal CourthouseA swarm of local and national media has descended on the Dirksen Federal Courthouse in the Loop, as former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert prepares to appear before a judge to enter his plea to charges tied to apparent hush money payments to cover up sexual abuse allegations.
Woman Says Hastert Sexually Abused Her BrotherJolene Burdge of Billings, Montana, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the FBI interviewed her in mid-May about Hastert. She said her brother told her before he died in 1995 that his first homosexual contact was with Hastert and that the relationship lasted through all of his high school years.