Dennis Hastert


The man who is suing former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert over an alleged sexual assault more than four decades ago will be able to use a fictitious name, a Kendall County judge ordered on Tuesday.

Judge Robert P. Pilmer granted the motion for the man to proceed using the name "Richard Doe."

According to court documents obtained by WNIJ, the  Plaintiff's filing from May 26 claims "the identification of [the] Plaintiff in court documents would bring significant unwanted publicity to [the] Plaintiff and his family."


A new accuser says that, as a fourth-grader in Yorkville Grade School, he was sodomized by former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert decades ago in the public restroom.

Hastert is scheduled to be released from a federal prison in mid-August after serving a sentence for violating banking laws in the course of paying hush money to a person who had been on the wrestling team Hastert coached.


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, which is the outstanding balance of the pact each party says the other one broke.

Browne says Ellis's request was made before a court hearing. In the hearing, Ellis and Browne arranged their next court date for Aug. 28.


Illinois will soon eliminate the statute of limitations in child sex-abuse cases through legislation passed with support from a victim of imprisoned former U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert.

The Illinois House unanimously approved the measure on Thursday, sending it to a supportive Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says Hastert's case provided a prime example of why the law should be changed.

Associated Press

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert will lose his $28,000 annual state pension for his nearly six years of service as a state representative in the Illinois legislature.

The General Assembly Retirement System board of trustees voted 5-2 Wednesday to terminate the pension. Illinois law allows the state to revoke pensions of individuals convicted of felonies connected to their time in the legislature.

Board member Mike Zalewski, a Democratic state representative from Riverside, says Hastert’s financial crimes related to his role as a public official.