Dennis Hastert

The Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees unanimously voted to rescind Dennis Hastert's honorary degree from the school. The Board met Thursday afternoon to discuss the matter during a special meeting.

    

Hastert received an honorary law doctoral degree in 1999. Earlier this month, the university announced a move by a committee to revoke the award. 

The committee said in a memo to President Doug Baker that Hastert’s recent felony conviction and sexual abuse testimony “do not reflect the values of the institution.”

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Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been ordered to report to prison by June 22 to begin serving a 15-month sentence in his hush-money case.

    

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Durkin entered an order Thursday that says Hastert must surrender "to the designated institution" by 2 p.m. that day. The order doesn't identify the prison.

A Bureau of Prisons spokesman said that information won't be released until Hastert reports.

Hastert pleaded guilty to violating banking laws while seeking to pay $3.5 million to someone he sexually molested.

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A Northern Illinois University committee says the school should revoke Dennis Hastert’s honorary law doctoral degree. That’s according to a news release from the university.

According to a news release, the committee said in a memo to President Doug Baker that Hastert’s recent felony conviction and sexual abuse testimony “do not reflect the values of the institution.”

Baker will take the recommendation to the NIU Board of Trustees during its 2 p.m. May 19 meeting. Additional comment from NIU officials was unavailable.

An Illinois lawmaker is responding to the Dennis Hastert hush-money case with a proposal to give prosecutors the right to pursue child sex abuse charges no matter how long ago the crimes occurred.

The former U.S. House Speaker was sentenced to 15 months in prison last week in a hush-money case that revealed accusations he sexually abused teenagers decades ago while coaching high school wrestling in Yorkville, Illinois.

Hastert was prosecuted for breaking federal banking rules but not on the sex-abuse allegations because of a statute of limitations.

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  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.

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