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Jason Meisner

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Jason Meisner is the federal courts reporter for the Tribune, covering everything from political corruption to street gang racketeering and terrorism cases. After coming up through the old City News Service, Meisner went on to become a founding member of the Tribune's Breaking News desk. In 2008, he became legman to columnist John Kass, where he learned the ropes of the city's politics — and barbecue. In his spare time, Meisner likes to unplug, whether it's sailing, skiing, playing guitar or simply ignoring his Twitter feed.

Recent Articles

  • Former House Speaker Hastert's lawyers say he doesn't recall incident of alleged sex abuse

    Former House Speaker Hastert's lawyers say he doesn't recall incident of alleged sex abuse

    Lawyers for J. Dennis Hastert said in a court filing that the former House speaker had no recollection of sexual abuse decades ago of a former high school wrestler who is scheduled to testify about the alleged incident at Hastert's upcoming sentencing in a financial case that prosecutors say was...

  • Hastert paid to hide sex abuse, then lied about it, federal filing alleges

    Hastert paid to hide sex abuse, then lied about it, federal filing alleges

    Approached by federal agents last year about dozens of large cash bank withdrawals, J. Dennis Hastert said he was being blackmailed by a former student who was falsely accusing the ex-House speaker of sexually abusing him decades earlier when Hastert was a high school teacher and wrestling coach....

  • Sex abuse testimony is OKd for Dennis Hastert sentencing

    Sex abuse testimony is OKd for Dennis Hastert sentencing

    Another man who says he was sexually abused by former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert years ago as well as the sister of another alleged victim could testify at Hastert's upcoming sentencing on charges he paid hush money to cover up wrongdoing in his past, the Chicago Tribune has learned. For...

  • Chicago officer charged with murder in shooting death of black teen

    Chicago officer charged with murder in shooting death of black teen

    A veteran Chicago police officer has been charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times in an on-duty incident on the Southwest Side in October 2014. Officer Jason Van Dyke surrendered to authorities Tuesday morning and is scheduled to appear...

  • Dennis Hastert case: Both sides agree to keep judge

    Dennis Hastert case: Both sides agree to keep judge

    U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin will remain in charge of the criminal case against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert in spite of the judge's ties to Hastert, which include campaign contributions and a onetime business relationship with Hastert's son. The decision came two days after Durkin...

  • Dennis Hastert to be arraigned on hush-money charges

    Dennis Hastert to be arraigned on hush-money charges

    Former U.S. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert will trigger a media frenzy when he arrives at the federal courthouse in downtown Chicago on Tuesday to answer to charges of hush money payments and lying to federal agents, but his long-awaited first court appearance may leave more questions than answers....

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