Dennis Hastert Stripped of State Pension

Apr 26, 2017

An Illinois retirement board is terminating former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's state pension.

He'd been collecting about 28-thousand dollars a year for his service in the state legislature.

The General Assembly Retirement System's board of trustees voted 5 to 2 Wednesday to end the pension.

State Representative Mike Zalewski, a Democrat from Riverside, says Hastert's financial crimes related to his role as a public official.
"As a result of these payments, they would have affected his public career ... His General Assembly service was part and parcel with that, so we felt it was a prudent decision."
Hastert is serving a 15-month prison term in a hush-money case stemming from his sexual abuse of students as a high school wrestling coach more than 35 years ago.

Hastert's attorneys didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on the decision. Hastert could appeal the decision in state court.

The Illinois attorney general's office previously recommended that the board reduce Hastert's pension to 9-thousand dollars a year.

Hastert also receives a pension for his tenure in Congress.