DeKALB – A trial date of May 20 has been set in the breach of contract lawsuit against disgraced former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Plano.
According to Kendall County court records, the civil jury trial will be supervised by Judge Robert Pilmer at the Kendall County Courthouse in Yorkville.
The plaintiff, identified in the lawsuit as James Doe, is suing Hastert for the balance of hush-money payments he says Hastert owes him. The man has accused Hastert of sexually abusing him while Hastert was a teacher and wrestling coach at Yorkville High School. Hastert taught and coached at the school from 1965 to 1981 before securing a seat in the state House of Representatives and ultimately in Congress.
Doe claims that Hastert owes him the balance of the $3.5 million Hastert agreed to pay him for keeping the sex allegations a secret. Hastert ultimately would be convicted of violating bank reporting rules as he withdrew cash to pay the victim off.
Hastert served 13 months in federal prison on those banking charges. During sentencing in 2016, federal Judge Thomas M. Durkin referred to Hastert as a "serial child molester."
None of the sexual abuse allegations against Hastert have been brought to trial, as the statute of limitations on such abuse cases has long since run out.