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Jan. 2, 1942

Born in Aurora, Ill. His family runs a farm-supply business, according to the AP.


1964

Graduates from Wheaton College with a bachelor’s degree in economics.

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1967

Earns master’s degree in philosophy of education from Northern Illinois University.


1965 to 1981

Teaches at Yorkville High School and coaches the wrestling team. He’s named Illinois Coach of the Year after leading Yorkville to the state wrestling championship in 1976.

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The former Yorkville High School, where Dennis Hastert taught from 1965 to 1981, as photographed on April 5, 2016, in Yorkville, Ill.
The former Yorkville High School, where Dennis Hastert taught from 1965 to 1981, as photographed on April 5, 2016, in Yorkville, Ill. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

1980-86

Hastert comes in third in an Illinois House primary, but the Republican Party chooses him to replace the fatally ill primary winner. Hastert later wins the general election and, the following year, leaves Yorkville High School. He is a member of the Illinois House until 1986.


1986

Hastert is nominated to replace a Republican congressman who is battling cancer. He’s elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in the suburban 14th District.

State Rep. Dennis Hastert savors his congressional victory at his campaign office in the Baker Hotel in St. Charles on Nov. 5, 1986. He served three terms in the Illinois legislature before being elected to the U.S. House.
State Rep. Dennis Hastert savors his congressional victory at his campaign office in the Baker Hotel in St. Charles on Nov. 5, 1986. He served three terms in the Illinois legislature before being elected to the U.S. House. (Don Casper / Chicago Tribune)

1998

Hastert tells incumbent U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich that dissatisfaction in GOP ranks makes it unlikely the Georgia lawmaker will hold onto the post. Gingrich resigns the next day.


1998

Hastert backs President Bill Clinton’s impeachment in the wake of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

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1999 to 2007

Speaker of the House, the longest-serving GOP speaker.

Dennis Hastert, new Speaker of the House, is congratulated by Democratic Minority Leader Dick Gephardt on Jan. 6, 1999.
Dennis Hastert, new Speaker of the House, is congratulated by Democratic Minority Leader Dick Gephardt on Jan. 6, 1999. (Pete Souza, Chicago Tribune)

2006

Becomes embroiled in controversy over a $207 million federal earmark for the “Prairie Parkway,” a proposed expressway running through his district. He is accused of failing to disclose investments in land near the project.


2006

He and other Republican leaders address a scandal involving improper advances toward underage male pages by then-Rep. Mark Foley of Florida.


2007

Retires from Congress, goes to work as a lobbyist in Washington.

U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., announces his retirement to reporters and supporters Aug. 17, 2007, in Yorkville.
U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., announces his retirement to reporters and supporters Aug. 17, 2007, in Yorkville. (Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune)

2010

Hastert allegedly agrees to pay a person $3.5 million to hide past misconduct. (A federal indictment filed five years later identifies the person as “Individual A.”)


2010-2012

Hastert allegedly makes 15 withdrawals of $50,000 to pay the person a total of $750,000, paying the money in lump sums of $100,000 cash.


2012-2014

When Hastert learns any withdrawals over $10,000 are flagged, he allegedly begins withdrawing cash in increments just under $10,000.

The FBI and IRS start investigating Hastert on suspicion of violating banking reporting requirements in 2013.


December 2014

Agents first question Hastert about the huge cash withdrawals. He allegedly says he’s taking the cash home because he doesn’t trust banks.


May 28, 2015

Federal indictment alleges Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million to someone from Yorkville so the person would stay quiet about “prior misconduct.”


June 11, 2015

Pleads not guilty amid claims of hush money, lying to FBI.

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, right, is lead by attorney John Gallo as they arrive for Hastert's arraignment at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago on June 9, 2015.
Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, right, is lead by attorney John Gallo as they arrive for Hastert's arraignment at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago on June 9, 2015. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune)

Oct. 15, 2015

Reaches plea deal, to admit wrongdoing.


Oct. 28, 2015

Hastert pleads guilty to evading banking laws and agrees to a deal with federal prosecutors that recommends he serve no more than six months in prison. A judge, however, could sentence Hastert to as much as five years in prison.


Dec. 17, 2015

Hastert’s attorney says in a statement that Hastert had a stroke in early November.


Jan. 6, 2016

In hospital after stroke; health woes may affect sentencing.


Jan. 28, 2016

The federal judge overseeing Hastert’s case agrees to delay sentencing until April 8, after Hastert’s attorneys say he nearly died from sepsis in November and was not released from the hospital until Jan. 15.


March 2, 2016

The judge agrees to delay sentencing after prosecutors say a man who alleges he was sexually abused by Hastert is leaning toward testifying at sentencing but has a conflict on April 8, according to a transcript of a closed-door meeting. It’s the first time court documents link sex-abuse allegations to Hastert.


April 6, 2016

Court filing says Hastert “deeply sorry” for harm he caused, but stops short of acknowledging accusations he sexually abused students.


April 7, 2016

Tribune investigation finds that at least 4 men have made credible allegations of sexual abuse against Hastert.


April 8, 2016

Court filing by federal prosecutors reveals Hastert sexually abused 5 students decades earlier when he was a high school teacher and wrestling coach.


April 25, 2016

Alleged victim known as Individual A sues Hastert for breach of contract, claiming Hastert still owes him $1.8 million as part of an agreement to hide past sexual abuse.


April 27, 2016

Hastert sentenced in federal court in Chicago to 15 months in prison, sex offender treatment, two years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine that will go to a crime victims’ fund.

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert arrives for sentencing at Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago on April 27, 2016.
Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert arrives for sentencing at Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago on April 27, 2016. (Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune)

May 12-13, 2016

Hastert’s attorneys say he won’t appeal his conviction or 15-month prison sentence. Hastert pays his $250,000 fine the next day.


June 22, 2016

Hastert reports to the Federal Medical Center in Rochester to serve his sentence. According to standard federal sentencing guidelines, Hastert has to serve 85 percent of his 15-month sentence, followed by two years of supervised release and sex-offender treatment.

Former U.S. Speaker Dennis Hastert reports to the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, Minn., on June 22, 2016, to serve a 15-month sentence. His wife Jean is at left.
Former U.S. Speaker Dennis Hastert reports to the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, Minn., on June 22, 2016, to serve a 15-month sentence. His wife Jean is at left. (Andrew Link / Rochester Post-Bulletin)

July 18, 2017

Hastert returns to Chicago to finish his sentence under supervision.


Sept. 15, 2021

Lawyers in a 2016 hush-money lawsuit against Hastert involving decades-old sexual abuse agree to settle the case, days before they are set to go to trial.

Sources: Tribune archives and reporting; AP; United States House of Representatives; Wheaton College

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