YORKVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A jury trial for a $1.8 million breach-of-conduct case against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been set for February 2021.
CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has sought to retract key admissions he made during his federal criminal case years ago that he sexually abused a then-high school student,...
CHICAGO (AP) — A former student who Dennis Hastert sexually abused decades ago breached an unwritten $3.5 million hush-money agreement with the former U.S. House Speaker by telling family members...
YORKVILLE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois appeals court has upheld a lower court's decision to toss a lawsuit alleging former House Speaker Dennis Hastert sexually abused a fourth-grader in the 1970s,...
ST. CHARLES, Ill. (AP) — Democrats did what was once unthinkable when they flipped two suburban Chicago congressional districts that had been held by Republicans pretty much since World War II.
CHICAGO (AP) — The public will not get to see certain documents and testimony obtained in an Illinois lawsuit related to the hush-money deal involving former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert.
Kendall County Circuit Judge Robert Pilmer agreed to a protective order on Wednesday, a day before a hearing was scheduled on the matter.
The order, which had the backing of Hastert's lawyers and the plaintiff, pertains mostly to medical, financial, employment or other "litigation material."
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago on Tuesday ordered that Dennis Hastert never be left alone with anyone under 18 unless another adult is present who is aware of the former U.S. House speaker's conviction in a hush-money case that revealed he had sexually abused several high school students.
CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois lawsuit filed against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert that alleged a sexual assault has been dismissed.
Kendall County Circuit Judge Robert Pilmer ruled Monday that the statute of limitations required dismissal of lawsuit.
Attorneys for the accuser alleged the man was "intimidated into silence" by Hastert's power. Hastert's attorney, John Ellis, argued the legal window to sue expired two years after the accuser turned 18. The man is now in his 50s.
CHICAGO (AP) — Lawyers for Dennis Hastert say the former U.S. House speaker "adamantly denies" he sodomized a fourth-grader in a bathroom stall in the early 1970s.
In a legal brief filed this week in Illinois' Kendall County Circuit Court, Hastert attorney John Ellis argues the lawsuit filed by the alleged victim should be dismissed.
The suit, filed in May, said the attack occurred either in 1973 or 1974, when the alleged victim was in fourth grade.
CHICAGO (AP) — The former U.S. Attorney in Chicago who oversaw the high-money case of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is going back to school.
Zachary Fardon is joining Northwestern University's law school as a Visiting Distinguished Scholar this fall for school year.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's recent U.S. attorney who oversaw the prosecution of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has joined the current FBI director's old law firm.
Atlanta-based King & Spalding announced Wednesday that Zachary Fardon will become a partner and open a new Chicago office. The firm recently reported annual revenues of $1 billion. That translated into $2.5 million for each partner.
CHICAGO (AP) — Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has officially completed his 15-month prison sentence and is no longer being monitored by law enforcement.
Bureau of Prisons records indicate Wednesday was the end of Hastert's period in federal custody. Illinois' Lake County Sheriff's Office says it stopped its electronic monitoring of the 75-year-old Wednesday morning. He now begins two years of probation.
YORKVILLE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois judge has refused a request by Dennis Hastert to bar reporters' cameras and recording devices from court in a May lawsuit accusing the ex-House speaker of sexually abusing a boy in a bathroom when he was a fourth-grader in the 1970s.
CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago sheriff's department says it has fitted Dennis Hastert with the kind of electronic monitoring that's typically used when recent convicts are placed on home confinement.
The Lake County Sheriffs' Office said Wednesday that authorities attached the device Monday shortly after the ex-U.S. House Speaker was released from a federal prison in Minnesota.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the release of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert from a Minnesota federal prison (all times local):
Dennis Hastert is far from putting his child sex-abuse scandal in the past just because he's been released from a federal prison after serving a little over a year on a related banking conviction.
CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert was for years known primarily for rising from political obscurity in rural Illinois to spending eight years in the nation's third-highest office. Then came a federal indictment in a hush-money case centered on sex abuse allegations.
Hastert, then 74, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 months in prison. On Tuesday, federal prison records showed he has been released from prison and transferred to a re-entry facility in Chicago.
GENEVA, Ill. (AP) — A county judge has ruled an Illinois man can remain anonymous as he sues Dennis Hastert, saying the former House speaker sexually assaulted him when he was a fourth-grader.
CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois man accuses Dennis Hastert in a new lawsuit of sexually assaulting him in bathroom stall when he was a fourth-grader, at least the fifth such allegation against the former House speaker who will soon be released from prison in a hush-money case.
CHICAGO (AP) — Lawyers for a sexual abuse victim of Dennis Hastert and the former U.S. House speaker himself say he's seeking a settlement of a lawsuit filed over a broken $3.5 million hush-money pact.
Attorney John Ellis said Wednesday he has asked Kristi Browne, who represents the victim, to name a settlement price. The lawsuit seeks $1.8 million, the outstanding balance of the pact each party says the other one broke.
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is set to eliminate the statute of limitations in child sex-abuse cases, a change prosecutors and a victim of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert called for after Hastert was imprisoned for violating banking laws while trying to silence a student he abused decades ago.
The Illinois House unanimously approved the legislation Thursday, sending it to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who supports it.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Trustees of an Illinois state retirement board on Wednesday terminated the pension that imprisoned former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert received for his nearly six years of service in the Illinois General Assembly.
CHICAGO (AP) — A lawyer for a onetime business associate of Dennis Hastert says his client could appeal a judge's dismissal of a 2013 lawsuit against the imprisoned former U.S. House speaker.
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a onetime business associate of Dennis Hastert's that claimed the imprisoned ex-House Speaker misused federal funds.
The civil suit filed in Chicago federal court in 2013 and thrown out Thursday was unrelated to Hastert's criminal hush-money case that revealed the Illinois Republican sexually abused several students decades ago. Hastert is serving a 15-month sentence.
CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. attorney in Chicago who oversaw the hush-money case of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and who helped focus federal scrutiny on local police resigned Monday, lamenting in an open letter that "at no moment" during his 3 1/2-year tenure "did the gun violence abate" in the nation's third largest city.
CHICAGO (AP) — A lawyer for a sexual abuse victim of Dennis Hastert says she'll depose the former U.S. House speaker after he's released from federal custody.
Kristi Browne represents a former Yorkville High School athlete who is suing Hastert for breach of contract in the hush-money pact that led to the Illinois Republican's downfall.
Browne said Wednesday no settlement has been discussed.
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, citing the actions of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, is pushing for the elimination of statutes of limitations on child abuse and assault crimes.
Madigan on Tuesday testified before the Senate Criminal Law Committee in support of Senate Bill 189, which the committee passed and sent on to the full Senate for consideration. She said children who suffer sexual assault and abuse often spend a lifetime recovering from the violations.
CHICAGO (AP) — A sexual abuse victim of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is making another argument for the remainder of money he is owed for keeping silent about the politician's misconduct.
CHICAGO (AP) — Imprisoned former House speaker Dennis Hastert wants one of his sexual abuse victims to return the $1.7 million in hush money the Illinois Republican paid him over several years, according to a court filing this week in an ongoing civil case.
The document is a counter claim to the victim's breach-of-contract lawsuit that he filed last year, arguing that Hastert owed him $1.8 million — what he said was the unpaid balance of an unwritten $3.5 million hush-money deal.
CHICAGO (AP) — Dennis Hastert is serving a 15-month prison term in a hush-money case that stemmed from his sexual abuse of students when he taught at an Illinois public school over 35 years ago. The ex-U.S. House speaker is now pointing to a technicality to argue that a state body should restore his $17,000-a-year teacher's pension that it yanked after his April 27 sentencing.
YORKVILLE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois judge says a lawsuit filed by a sexual abuse victim against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert can go forward.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/2eBe4LH ) Kendall County Judge Robert Pilmer filed a ruling Monday saying the plaintiff established what was needed to allege "a claim for contract."
YORKVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A Kendall County judge says he will issue a written decision in 45 days on whether a lawsuit filed against former U.S. House speaker Dennis Hastert by a sexual abuse victim should be dismissed.
Characterizing the lawsuit as a form of extortion, attorneys for Hastert asked Judge Robert Pilmer to dismiss a lawsuit brought in April by the man who contends Hastert owes him $1.8 million of the $3.5 million promised to keep the man silent.
CHICAGO (AP) — A man who said Dennis Hastert sexually abused him decades ago told Illinois lawmakers Tuesday the former U.S. House speaker was "a monster" who was protected by the statute of limitations and wasn't appropriately punished.
CHICAGO (AP) — The attorney general for Illinois is calling on state lawmakers to pass legislation removing statutes of limitations for child sex abuse crimes in response to the case against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office says state lawmakers have four similar proposals pending on the matter. The soonest any one could be taken up is next month during lawmakers' brief fall session.
YORKVILLE, Ill. (AP) — An attorney for Dennis Hastert has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a victim of sexual abuse seeking outstanding hush-money payments from the imprisoned former U.S. House speaker.
The 74-year-old Hastert is serving a 15-month prison sentence for violating banking laws by trying to pay $3.5 million to silence the victim, who says he was abused when Hastert was a high school wrestling coach decades ago.