State Sen. Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) leaves the Dirksen Federal Courthouse after pleading not guilty. [Hannah Meisel/The Daily Line]

Wearing a dark suit and somber expression, State Sen. Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) entered a plea of not guilty at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse in Chicago, two weeks after a stunning 41-count indictment alleged the senator had been a ghost payroller for the Teamsters Joint Council 25 in his first few years after being elected to the General Assembly.

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