Yorkville teacher to congressman to House speaker: Hastert's career

Updated 5/28/2015 7:37 PM

Former U.S. Speaker Dennis Hastert's federal indictment Thursday comes years after he ended his long career as a member of Congress from the Western suburbs.

1942: Hastert was born in Aurora.


1964: Hastert graduates from Wheaton College with a B.A. in economics.

1965-1981: Hastert teaches government and history at Yorkville High School where he also coaches wrestling and football.

1967: He graduates from Northern Illinois University with an M.A. in philosophy of education.

1976: The Yorkville High School wrestling team Hastert coached wins the Class A Illinois state championship.

1981-86: Hastert serves as a member of Illinois House of Representatives.

1986: Hastert makes a run for Congress and wins.

1987-2007: Hastert is a Republican member of Congress representing Illinois' 14th District.

1999-2007: Hastert serves as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives after Newt Gingrich resigns. Hastert is the longest-serving Republican speaker in history.

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2001: United States Olympic Committee names Hastert honorary vice president of the American Olympic movement.

2004: Hastert receives Silver Buffalo Award from the Boy Scouts of America. The award is given to people for their outstanding service to youths.

2007: Hastert steps down as speaker of the U.S. House after Democrats win enough House seats to take over the majority.

2008-present: Hastert works as lobbyist in Washington, D.C.

2013: FBI and IRS begin investigating Hastert's cash withdrawals. The investigation leads to Thursday's indictment.

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