CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has approved a long-term residence for former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds to stay while free on bond on tax charges.

The judge approved Reynolds’ proposed accommodations during a Friday hearing in Chicago.

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The Illinois Democrat has no home and had to scramble to find housing that met restrictions on him because of a 1995 statutory-rape conviction. Magistrate Judge Maria Valdez rejected one residence Thursday that was close to a school.

Reynolds has pleaded not guilty to failing to file income tax returns.

The judge ordered Reynolds to surrender his passport, but refused to require him to wear an electronic monitor.

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Reynolds complained to reporters that no one suggested recently indicted former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert wear a monitor. The African-American Reynolds suggested race was a factor.

 

 

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