- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A suburban Chicago college has rescinded an honorary degree awarded to former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert following his conviction in a hush-money case.

The Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/1XkD9z1 ) reports that North Central College trustees voted last month to rescind the honorary doctor of laws degree awarded to Hastert when he gave the college’s commencement address in 2004.

Northern Illinois University trustees also voted last month to rescind the honorary doctor of laws degree presented to Hastert in 1999. Wheaton College decided last year to remove Hastert’s name from its Center for Economics, Government, and Public Policy.

Hastert pleaded guilty last year to violating banking laws while seeking to pay $3.5 million to someone he sexually molested.

He must report to prison by June 22 to begin serving a 15-month sentence.

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Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com

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