CHICAGO A federal judge yesterday set Nov. 3 as the trial date for former Bear, Stearns & Co. public finance banker P. Nicholas Hurtgen on charges that he participated in an extortion scheme involving a Chicago-area hospital as it sought state regulatory approval to build a new hospital.

The case against Hurtgen stems from a larger probe of state government corruption known as Operation Board Games that is being pursued by U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald's office in Chicago. The trial is expected to last between three to four weeks, according to assistant U.S. attorney Kaarina Salovaara.

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