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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.

A filing in a suburban Chicago county court this week made that request on Hastert's behalf in an ongoing civil case.

The 75-year-old is serving a 15-month sentence in federal prison for violating banking laws as he sought to silence the victim.

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Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is citing a technicality in a bid to restore his tax-covered public school pensions as he serves a 15-month prison sentence in a hush-money case that stemmed from his sexual abuse of high school students.

Hastert's lawyers contend his conviction was for violating banking law between 2010 and 2015 as he sought to pay one victim $3.5 million in hush money not specifically for the sexual abuse. On those grounds, they say his $17,000-a-year teacher's pension can't be revoked. 

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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 Kendall County Judge Robert Pilmer filed a ruling Monday saying the plaintiff established what was needed to allege "a claim for contract."

The suit was filed in April by a man who contends the former Illinois Republican congressman owes him $1.8 million of the $3.5 million he was promised to stay silent about the abuse. Hastert's attorneys had asked Pilmer to dismiss lawsuit.

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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.

After hearing arguments Friday from the two sides, Pilmer said he will issue his written opinion before a scheduled Nov. 29 hearing.

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is calling on state lawmakers to pass legislation removing statutes of limitations for child sex abuse crimes.  The move is a response to the case against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert.

Madigan's office says lawmakers have four similar proposals pending on the matter. The soonest any one could be taken up is next month during the fall session.

Madigan will speak about the proposals Tuesday along with Scott Cross, who says Hastert abused him when Cross was a high-school wrestler.

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