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Imprisoned Former Speaker of House Wants A Pension Back

Disgraced and imprisoned the former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert is fighting for one of his pensions. The former lawmaker is pushing to have his pension from time spent as a public school teacher back. The $17,000 yearly pension was terminated once he was sentenced to 15 months in jail over payment to a student that he sexually abused while a teacher and coach at Yorkville High School. Hastert’s lawyers are making the claim that he’s in jail for banking crimes not the abuse of students while a teacher and coach. His lawyers will get a hearing in front of a review board for the Teachers Retirement System, but no date has been set. The onetime state lawmaker and Congressman is still getting his federal pension but for now the General Assembly Retirement System has suspended payment of Hastert’s state pension. 

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