Dennis Hastert

  Legislation introduced in Springfield would remove Illinois’ Statute of Limitations for prosecuting child sex offenders. 

Attorney General Lisa Madigan called for the measure last week when former US House Speaker Dennis Hastert admitted to sexually abusing teens.  Illinois no longer has a statute of limitations for child sex abuse cases when corroborating physical evidence exists, or when someone legally required to report the crime fails to do so. Thus the new proposal only affects the 20-year cutoff in cases where these circumstances don't apply.  

A judge says a man who alleges Dennis Hastert sexually abused him doesn't have to disclose his name in his lawsuit against the former U.S. House speaker.

A day after Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison in a hush-money case, Kendall County Judge Robert Pilmer ruled Thursday that a man known in court documents as Individual A can proceed with his lawsuit anonymously.

Prosecutors in the hush-money cash say Hastert paid Individual A to stay quiet about sexual abuse that occurred when the man was 14 and Hastert was a high school wrestling coach.


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A man who alleges he was sexually abused by former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert decades ago and was later promised $3.5 million to stay quiet has filed a lawsuit saying he's only been paid about half the money.

The person known as "Individual A" in court documents filed the lawsuit Monday in Yorkville, the northern Illinois city where Hastert allegedly abused several boys while he was a wrestling coach at Yorkville High School.

In the lawsuit, "Individual A" says he's owed $1.8 million under the agreement.

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The judge in Dennis Hastert's hush-money case says that if the former House speaker wants letters of support considered during his sentencing, they must be made public.

Hastert is to be sentenced April 27 after pleading guilty last year to breaking federal banking laws.

Prosecutors say he paid to conceal sex abuse when he was a high-school wrestling coach.

U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin said in a Thursday filing that the court won't consider 60 letters "unless they are publicly filed."

The letters were attached to a previous, sealed filing.


A person accusing Dennis Hastert of sex abuse is expected to testify at Hastert's sentencing in two weeks. The judge said he wants to consider if Hastert lied to the FBI when he said a person he was paying money to was extorting him.

Prosecutors say Hastert was paying the money to ensure that an individual stayed silent about being abused decades ago. He pleaded guilty to breaking banking law.

Hastert's lawyers are questioning whether what the former U.S. House speaker did to a former wrestler to whom he agreed to pay $3.5 million was actually sexual abuse.

Prosecutors in Dennis Hastert's hush-money case say in a new court filing that the former House Speaker agreed to pay $3.5 million to a victim for sex abuse when victim was 14 years old.

The alleged sex abused happened in the 1970s when Hastert worked as a high-school teacher and wrestling coach outside Chicago.

The court filing Friday is the first time prosecutors have confirmed Hastert paid hush-money to conceal sex abuse of a 14-year-old.

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The Chicago Tribune is citing unidentified law enforcement sources as saying at least four people have made ``credible allegations of sexual abuse'' against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert.


In a Thursday story, the newspaper says it has determined the identities of three accusers _ men whose allegations stem from when they were teenagers and Hastert was their coach in Yorkville, Illinois. One of them is dead.

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A judge overseeing Dennis Hastert's hush-money case has appointed a Northwestern University doctor to review the former U.S. House speaker's medical records.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin said in a filing Thursday that Dr. Robert Golden would conduct the review, which was ordered last month after Hastert's sentencing was delayed because his lawyers said he had nearly died and remained in poor health.

Hastert is now to be sentenced April 27.