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Signs of Plea Deal Grow Stronger in Case of Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert

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    FILE - In this June 9, 2015 file photo, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert leaves the federal courthouse in Chicago. A deadline for Hastert’s legal team to file pretrial paperwork passed with nothing new filed, suggesting the former House speaker could be close to a plea deal that would avert a trial and help keep details of the hush-money case secret, legal experts said Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Christian K. Lee, File)

    Lawyers for former House speaker Dennis Hastert are due in federal court in Chicago Thursday morning, amid growing signs that a plea deal with federal prosecutors is near, NBC News reported.

    Hastert was indicted by a grand jury in May, accused of illegally evading federal bank transaction laws in making payments of nearly $2 million to a person identified in court documents only as "Person A."

    Hastert was also charged with lying to federal agents about the payments. He pleaded not guilty and remains free on bond.