Hearing set on Hastert request for more time to file motions

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge will rule on a request by former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert to delay a deadline for pre-trial motions in his hush-money case. There’s a hearing Monday in Chicago federal court on the Illinois Republican’s motion for another two-week extension. He was granted one two weeks ago. The motion filed by his lawyers last week says prosecutors support the request. If Judge Thomas M. Durkin agrees, the deadline would be pushed back from Monday to Oct. 13. The motion says the sides are discussing issues Hastert “may raise in pretrial motions” but offers no details. Hastert has pleaded not guilty to violating banking rules and lying to the FBI after agreeing to pay $3.5 million to someone to hide past misconduct. Hastert isn’t required to attend Monday’s hearing.