IL--Victims want college to remove Hastert honor

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2015

Statement by Kate Bochte of Geneva, SNAP leader (630 768 1860,

We call on board members at Northern Illinois University to follow the lead of officials at Kendall County, Oswego Village and the Yorkville Wrestling Club and remove any and all honors given to an admitted criminal, ex-House speaker Dennis Hastert.


In 1999, NIU gave Hastert an honorary degree. It should be revoked.

Trustee Robert Boey disagrees. “I don’t think it’s fair, unless we really know the details,” he told one news outlet. That’s callous and wrong.

Last month, Hastert pleaded guilty to federal charges of evading banking laws as he allegedly sought to conceal hush-money payments to an unnamed person. Hastert had agreed to pay $3.5 million to hide past misconduct; The Associated Press and other sources have reported it was sexual misconduct during his time as a teacher and wrestling coach at Yorkville High School, where he worked from 1965 to ‘81.

By refusing to take action, school officials are making it harder for current victims of campus sex crimes to report their experiences. And they’re rubbing salt into the already deep and still fresh wounds of dozens of already-hurt students and alums.

Several times, I voted for Hastert. I met him once when he visited my child’s school. But he deserves no honors, especially not from a taxpayer-funded institution.

For the healing of the wounded and the protection of the vulnerable, Hastert’s honor should be withdrawn. It serves no purpose now but to heap more pain on those already suffering and discourage them from reporting offenders and getting help.

According to one news account, “Hastert is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 29. Federal prosecutors have agreed to ask he be sentenced to not more than six months in prison.”

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is

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Hastert's legacy 'a black eye'  --  Officials begin removing reminders of former speaker of the House

Published: Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 5:27 p.m. CST, By MATT SCHURY -

The question of how disgraced former U.S. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert will be remembered in the wake of his pleading guilty to evading banking laws in a hush-money scheme is beginning to be answered.

Hastert, a Plano resident, agreed last month to a deal with federal prosecutors that recommends he serve no more than six months in prison. The deal would allow Hastert to avert a trial in the case. A judge, however, could go . . . 

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Officials are beginning to remove

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