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Former Congressman Aaron Schock has pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges.

It happened Monday afternoon in Springfield’s federal courthouse. That’s just across the street from what had been one of the 35-year-old Republican’s district offices.

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Aaron Schock, 35, who once represented central and western Illinois in Congress and who was once considered a rising star in the Republican Party, is accused in a 24 count federal grand jury indictment of defrauding the federal government and his campaign committee.

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Documents show that former Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) agreed to pay a $10,000 Federal Election Commission fine for a campaign finance violation.

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Four congressional staffers have told the U.S. House that they've been subpoenaed by the federal court in Springfield, Illinois, where a grand jury is conducting a probe into the spending of former Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL).

Ray LaHood spent more than two decades in Congress and served another 4 1/2 years as President Barack Obama's first Secretary of Transportation.

State Senator Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap) has won a special election to replace disgraced former Congressman Aaron Schock.

Elections are usually held on Tuesdays but this week a special general election will be held in west central Illinois on Thursday.  Voters can head to the polls on September 10 to decide a single contest: for Congress in the 18th District.

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Former Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) and his attorneys have reached a temporary resolution with federal prosecutors on civil contempt accusations he faced for failing to produce campaign and congressional records.

Primary election results show Illinois State Senator Darin LaHood of Peoria easily won the Republican nomination in the race to fill the vacant congressional seat for the 18th district. Democratic party voters chose high school teacher Robert Mellon of Quincy by a wide margin to be their party's nominee. 

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The race to replace former Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) has shaped up as a classic Republican primary.  It pits the son of a longtime Illinois congressman and Obama Cabinet member against a conservative writer who has railed at what he sees as the "establishment" GOP hand-picking the disgraced lawmaker's successor.

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Former Congressman Aaron Schock's (R-IL) fall from political grace set in motion an unexpected special election, and that has unexpected consequences for county clerks across the 18th Congressional District.

Several FBI agents raided the Peoria campaign office of former Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) Thursday.  A nearby business owner said the agents spent more than six hours at the office loading boxes into a truck. 

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A grand jury is taking testimony as part of a federal investigation into former Congressman Aaron Schock's (R-IL) expenses.

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Quincy Senior High School history teacher Rob Mellon is making a second bid for Congress in west central Illinois. He ran for the 18th District seat last year but lost in the Democratic primary.  Mellon said he learned from that experience.

TSPR'S Emily Boyer

Illinois State Senator Darin LaHood (R-Peoria) said his three main priorities in Congress will be supporting agriculture, improving infrastructure and boosting the economy in Illinois.

So far, LaHood is the only candidate to formally announce he is running for the seat held by former Congressman Aaron Schock who resigned from office this week. Nominating petitions are due April 20th.

The alleged corruption by Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) was uncovered through the digging done by reporters.  The Shop Talk panelists say this story demonstrates once again why it's important to have fully funded and staffed newsrooms.

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Illinois law requires a special election to fill the seat being vacated by outgoing Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) within 120 days of him leaving office. 

The timeline for Governor Bruce Rauner is even tighter as he must set the dates for the primary and general elections within five days of the resignation becoming official.

Rich Egger

The final day in office for Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) is Tuesday, March 31. The co-author of a book about the state's shady political history said Schock is far from the first Illinois politician to leave office in disgrace.

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Aaron Schock's soon to be vacant congressional seat is attracting the attention of some Illinois politicians.  The Republican is resigning following public scrutiny into his office's spending and use of taxpayer money. He plans to leave office next week.

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The Justice Department is investigating Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL).

The federal government is trying to determine whether Schock committed crimes with his office expenditures and business dealings.

Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) announced his last day in office will be March 31. Schock has been making headlines recently over concerns his office misspent taxpayer funds.

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Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) said he takes his responsibilities seriously, which is why he brought in a team to review his finances and make recommendations.

Schock has been in the spotlight lately because of reports questioning how his office spent taxpayer money.

Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) has reimbursed the U.S. government for more than $1,200 he spent on travel to a Chicago Bears game last November.  A spokesman said Schock wrote a check to cover the costs of the trip. The congressman previously charged the private air travel to his House office account, which is funded by taxpayers.

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Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) spent taxpayer money and campaign funds on private planes to fly around the country on aircraft owned by some of his donors.

Schock Spokesman Resigns; Made Racial Comments

Feb 5, 2015
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Racially-charged social media posts led to the resignation of a senior advisor for Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL).

An effort to create a national park at former town site in western Illinois remains stalled in the US Senate.  Congressman Aaron Schock, a Republican, is part of a bi-partisan group of lawmakers seeking the designation for New Philadelphia.

That site in Pike County marks the first town in the country founded by an African American.  Frank McWorter was a freed slave who created the community in 18-36.

Schock says creating a national park would allow more people to know the story of McWorter.  He says it work in tandem with Lincoln attractions in Springfield.

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The U.S. House passed a measure to explore whether the New Philadelphia town site should become a unit of the National Park System. 

NE MO Rep. Votes to Change Obamacare

Nov 19, 2013
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The US House passed legislation Friday that would allow Americans to keep their health insurance plans, even if they don’t meet the guidelines set by the Affordable Care Act.

Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) continues to push the federal government to reverse - or at least remedy - the Affordable Care Act.

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A conservative group is criticizing Illinois congressman Aaron Schock for his vote to end the government shutdown and extend the treasury’s borrowing authority. 

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