SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois retirement board is terminating the pension that imprisoned former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert for his service in the Illinois General Assembly.
The General Assembly Retirement System’s board of trustees voted 5-2 on Wednesday to end Hastert’s $28,000 annual pension. Hastert is serving a 15-month prison term in a hush-money case that stemmed from his sexual abuse of students when he taught at an Illinois public school more than 35 years ago.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Cooler Day Ahead
Hastert’s attorneys didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the decision. Hastert could appeal the decision in state court.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Coolest Day Of The Week On Wednesday
The Illinois attorney general’s office previously recommended that the board reduce Hastert’s pension to $9,000 a year.
Hastert also receives pension funds for his time as a teacher and tenure in Congress.MORE NEWS: Waukegan School Board Votes To Rename Thomas Jefferson Middle School For John Lewis, After Suggestion Of Barack Obama Draws Objections
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